Cast and Fans of THE HIGH CHAPARRAL TV Series Reunite in Tucson, Now thru 3/23
Members of The High Chaparral television series and long-time fans will join together once again at their annual reunion next year, today, March 20 to March 23, 2014 at the Casino del Sol Resort and Old Tucson Studios in Tucson, AZ. http://thehighchaparralreunion.com/ and photos are available of past Reunions.
There are several very special activities in the works for 2014, including:
Rudy Ramos premiers his one man play, Geronimo, Life on the Reservation, by Janelle Meraz-Hooper.
Vinnie Falcone, long time conductor/accompanist for Frank Sinatra and many others, entertains at the Sponsor's Dinner in a salute to Academy award winning composer Harry Sükman, who orchestrated the show's music. Don Collier premiers his An Evening With Don Collier performance.
Production Director Kent McCray will do a special presentation on the mechanics of producing a High Chaparral script, "Susan McCray will hold a Casting Call where a few lucky fans will read for a part and then participate in a scene reading with the High Chaparral stars, and fans will spend a day at The Wild West Festival at Old Tucson Studios, including a visit to the original High Chaparral ranch set and house.
The High Chaparral aired on NBC television from Sept. 10, 1967 to Mar. 13, 1971. It starred Leif Erickson as Big John Cannon, Cameron Mitchell as Buck Cannon, Mark Slade as Blue Boy, Henry Darrow as Manolito Montoya, and Linda Cristal as Victoria. Other cast members included Don Collier as Sam Butler, Bob Hoy as Joe Butler, Rudólfo Acosta as Vaquero, Roberto Contreras as Pedro, Ted Markham as Reno, Rudy Ramos as Wind and Jerry Summers as Ira Bean. Susan McCray's father, Oscar-winning composer Harry Sükman, orchestrated the show's music. The High Chaparral is historic because it promoted Latino and other minority actors during the height of the Civil Rights movement, a time when many acting opportunities weren't open to them.
The show is currently being shown in syndication on the INSP channel.