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SCIOTO SOCIETY INC

Experience The Drama

aka Tecumseh!   |   Chillicothe, OH   |  www.tecumsehdrama.com

Mission

The mission of The Scioto Society is to advance and promote the artistic, recreational, industrial, economic, commercial and civic development of Chillicothe Ohio and the surrounding geographical areas comprised of Ross, Pickaway and Pike counties. The Society’s primary focus is the annual presentation of the historical drama Tecumseh! and also any additional activities that drive, support and promote the development, stability and prosperity of the area, its history, its residents and its visitors.

Ruling year info

1970

CEO

Brandon Smith

Main address

Po Box 73

Chillicothe, OH 45601 USA

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EIN

31-0791031

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is an overall downwards trend in the outdoor drama industry, so our major challenge is to find new ways to get people to visit us. We have addressed this in a number of ways including offering a variety of ticket prices, offering more diverse events, extending the season and actively working on partnerships with other local non profits and corporations.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tecumseh!

Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700's. "Tecumseh!" has been labeled as one of the most mesmerizing dramas in the nation.

The huge, outdoor stages of the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre afford the audience a unique viewing experience. You will sit beneath the stars in the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre as sheer spectacle surrounds you with a herd of galloping horses, live military cannon in action, and the most dazzling battle sequences offered on the American stage.


"Tecumseh!" has been labeled as one of the
most mesmerizing dramas in the nation.


Often emulated within the outdoor drama industry, "Tecumseh!" continues to set the standard for innovative production techniques. Over 100 people are involved each summer in bringing this exciting drama to life. The sights and sounds of natural elements serve to heighten this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.

"Tecumseh!'s" reputation for artistic excellence in performance, staging and design has garnered international acclaim. Quality production elements such as the play's hauntingly beautiful native American Music Score – (recorded exclusively by The London Symphony Orchestra) – and its narration sequences recorded by Native American Actor Graham Greene continue to thrill audience members of all ages.

This professionally produced outdoor drama was written by seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and Emmy recipient, Allan W. Eckert, nationally known for his buckskin bestsellers…The Winning of America Series. The script has been acclaimed as the best of its kind within the outdoor drama industry and continues to fascinate thousands each summer as the story unfolds in the 1,800 seat Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre near Chillicothe, Ohio.

Since the premiere performance of "Tecumseh!" in 1973, over 2.5 million visitors have witnessed this great outdoor play, making it the most popular of its kind in the State of Ohio and entire Mid-Western United States.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Legacy award 2023

Ross Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Southeastern Theatre Conference 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Tecumseh!

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to keep tickets affordable, while generating enough dollars to operate in the black each year.

Total dollars paid to artists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Tecumseh!

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We're proud that a large portion of our budget goes to paying artists.

Additional revenue and wages generated attributable to the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Tecumseh!

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Dollars generated at hotels, restaurants, etc.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Scioto Society was incorporated in 1970 as a non-profit corporation. It dedicated itself to the cultural, historical, educational, and economic development of the tri-county area of Ross, Pickaway, and Pike. The principal impact area was designated as Ross County. The Society’s goal was to help restore national awareness to the area surrounding Chillicothe, so that the area could assume its’ rightful place in the history of the US. The first stage of that goal was realized when the premiere performance of the outdoor drama Tecumseh! was held in 1973. Over the years, the drama has been selected as one of the top 100 attractions in North America by the American Bus Association and it has received local, state, regional, and even national acclaim. Along with serving economically and culturally to the area, Tecumseh! serves as a tradition to many families and is the first live arts experience for many children in Ohio. Along with producing Tecumseh! the Society played a key role in developing the Scioto Valley Arts Council, and the Ross-Chillicothe CVB, the organization has sponsored concerts ranging from Symphony, Folk, Country; as well as Children’s Theatre, Statehood Day celebrations, & Bicentennial events. On an educational standpoint, the organization has given lectures and talks to service clubs at the state, and national level. All offerings are done with the idea that the arts and humanities can and do serve as economic stimuli.

The Scioto Society, Inc. has a long, strong and proven track record of successfully producing events. In addition to Tecumseh!, the Society founded the Feast of the Flowering Moon in Chillicothe and produced it for many years. The Society founded the Ross-Chillicothe CVB and ran it for a number of years. In 2015, it began a small successful concert series. It has a strong institutional knowledge of how to mount events. Therefore, the strongest resource at its disposal is the tools and personnel which are already within its management system. \r\nThe script will be adapted from the Allan W. Eckert script for Tecumseh! Mr. Eckert was a celebrated Ohio writer who had respect for both Tecumsh the man and Tecumseh! the show. The Society has secured the blessings of his estate for the adaptation. The adaptation will be done by our artistic director, Jenny Male. Sets and costume will be designed and built by our design and technical team for the main show. \r\nSpecific performance dates will be determined by the schools, rather than by us. The Society endeavors to produce no less than 30 shows during the grant period, but 50 shows could be produced at no additional cost if travel arrangements line up properly. \r\nThe Society intends to continue this program past the grant period and is confident it will find additional funding avenues after it has produced a successful season.

For our primary audience, The Scioto Society will seek out all fourth grade students in the State of Ohio. Grade four social studies curriculum in the Ohio Department of Education is Ohio in the United States. A theatrical presentation will speak directly to the themes of Historical Thinking, Heritage and places and regions. The Scioto Society intends to serve all fourth graders in the State of Ohio.\r\nAs a secondary audience, the company will week out senior citizens centers, small performing arts series', church groups and other small groups where a small theatrical presentation can work and budgets are a serious consideration. With only 5 people traveling in the company, the cost to mount each performance will be very low and adding evening performers at such venues for a small stipend will help to reduce costs of travel. Many of the people in this target audience may not have the opportunity to travel to Chillicothe due to health restrictions. \r\nEvaluation will be done in a number of ways including surveys passed out directly to students and other audience and a count of how many free ticket passes come into the box office the following year. Ultimately, the goal is to expand awareness of this story and our summer production, so if attendance sees a bump during the summer after our first tour, we will have a good sense that it worked from that aspect. \r\nOur home counties of Ross, Pickaway and Pike counties will benefit directly from the rise in attendance at Tecumseh! Each dollar that is spent on tickets turns into $26 spent in our communities. Tecumseh! has generated over $200 million in economic activity over its 43 seasons and it kick started interest in historic tourism throughout the region. It continues to inspire others to preserve and promote the historic significance of the area by opening new attractions, writing new books and making significant capital improvements to other historic sites.\r\nThe story of Tecumseh! is an important chapter in the story of Ohio. He is considered by many historians to be one of Ohio's greatest sons and he should be celebrated as such. This project is a small investment which will create a large ripple effect impact on the interest level of the story of Ohio's early march to statehood and will encourage Ohio residents to seek out more information on the subject.

Audience growth over the years 2013-2014 was significant. 2015 as of July 1, is up 25%. With continued efforts, we expect to grow audience served by 30% over the next 5 years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SCIOTO SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ryan Adams

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.