A play written by former Harrisonville Mayor Howard McHenry will be performed during the city’s upcoming Burnt District Festival.
“Tell it to the Judge” is a 45-minute production set in the 1860s around the Civil War.
The play, which will be presented by the Adrian Community Theater, highlights Harrisonville’s history, such as the outlaws of the Younger family, how Jesse and Frank James are related to the area, and what it was like to live in Cass County at the time.
McHenry said he wrote the play recently and handed it over to the Harrisonville Chamber.
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The former mayor said he was inspired to write “Tell it to the Judge” through taking European tourists around Missouri and sharing the history with them.
Now, McHenry’s goal is to share the history of Cass County with others.
The Adrian Community Theater is a non-profit organization that puts on productions involving Bates and Cass County citizens.
“The chamber asked us if we would like to participate in the Burnt District Festival last year because we were not well known in Cass County,” said theater board member Linda Bogart, who also acts in the theater’s productions.
A theater member was was able to write a play about Cole Younger, which the group presented.
This year, when asked to return and given the script of “Tell It to the Judge,” theater members agreed to do so.
“When the chamber received this play by Mr. McHenry, they thought we would do this play not only to get exposure for him, but to also continue to share the story of Cole Younger and for us to get exposure within Cass County again,” Bogart said.
▪ Free performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday inside the historical courtroom at the Cass County courthouse in Harrisonville.