Salado Legends rehearsal

Joey Kincaid, as Andrew McIver, left, and Megan Daniel, as Lucy McDougal, perform during a rehearsal of “Salado Legends” at Tablerock’s Goodnight Amphitheater in Salado.

Local thespians are braving the summer heat and whatever wild weather Texas throws at them to prepare a Central Texas tradition. Performances of the 27th season of “Salado Legends” musical drama will take place July 20, 27 and Aug. 3 at Tablerock’s Goodnight Amphitheatre.

The historical drama was written by playwright/lyricist Jackie Mills.

It blends accounts of Salado’s history and fictional storytelling to depict life in Texas in the 1850s.

This will be the 14th year for Donnie Williams to direct “Salado Legends.” Williams said he has around 100 cast and crew members this year, with many familiar faces returning to the show.

“We have about two-thirds that return each year, and about a third new cast members,” he said.

Williams said the story is staying the same, but there will be some different interpretations of some songs. He said they are also adding effects with remote controlled explosions, which should be pretty exciting.

A barbecue dinner, catered by Fat Boys BBQ in Temple, will be served beginning at 7:15 p.m. Reservations for dinner are required in advance. The show will begin at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets for dinner and the play are available in advance from Tickets for the play will also be available the night of each performance. The concessions building will open at 7 p.m.

Williams said sometimes people worry about the heat, but the play begins right when the shade falls over the audience and the breeze is cool from the creek.

“There’s nothing like a theater under the stars to watch an epic drama about Central Texas, and that’s what we are,” he said.