Otto Wood: The Bandit
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA
The outdoor drama Otto Wood: The Bandit tells the story of the life and times of Northwest North Carolina’s most prolific outlaw.
Otto Wood was brought up hard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and began his life of crime at an early age. As a boy, he stole away on a train to West Virginia to find his Hatfield kin, who in turn taught the youth the art of making moonshine, gambling and fighting. Constantly in trouble with the law, Wood escaped from numerous jails and prison in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. The famed their and bootlegger was killed in a gun battle with police on New Year’s Eve 1930.
The show is directed by Heather Dean, a veteran of numerous stage productions.
The script was written by Jerry Lankford, who is editor of The Record in North Wilkesboro, N.C.
This outdoor drama also features live music before and throughout the show. There is also a filmed segment, offering a multi-media effect.
In October, 2012, the show was honored with several awards from the N.C. Society of Historians.
The show stars Nat Padgett as Otto Wood and Wes Martin as the warden.Venue
The Record ParkDirections
From Boone - 421 South to Wilkesboro, turn left onto 421 Business at stoplight and follow D Street to 4th Street , turn left to E Street
From Winston-Salem or I-77 - Follow 421 North to NC 115 North Wilkesboro exit. Turn right and follow Highway 115 approximately three miles to highway 268. Turn left and go two blocks to 4th Street and turn right, three blocks to E Street
From Charlotte - I-77 North to 421 North. Follow 421 North to Highway 115, exit right and then follow the above directions.
From Lenoir or Taylorsville - Come into Wilkesboro on Highway 16/18. Exit right onto Highway 421 towards Winston-Salem and go to the second exit which is the Highway 115 North Wilkesboro exit. Turn left and follow Highway 115 approximately three miles to Highway 268. Turn left and go two blocks to Fourth Street , turn right, three blocks to E Street.
From Sparta – Take N.C. 18 to North Wilkesboro . Go to Fourth Street , turn right, three blocks to E Street.
From Elkin – Take NTimes
Thurs, Fri, Sat, June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29; Fri, Sat, July 5, 6. Music will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Admission & Parking