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Retelling a massacre

"It's very fulfilling to play a historical character on the ground they actually walked on," he said, recounting having to walk by Montcalm's portrait each night before going on stage. "It was kind of eerie in a way. I hope I did him justice. The other actors who play historic people who were killed in the massacre feel the same way."

The Town of Colonie has quite the presence in the play as well. Jonathan and Dan Hernandez, sons of Deputy Supervisor Nancy Hernandez, star in the play. Jonathan Hernandez takes the role of Uncas, the young Native American that is the love interest of Lt. Col. George Monro's daughter, Cora. Dan Hernandez plays a Huron warrior named Reed that Bends.

Jonathan Hernandez, 25, said he was returning home from New York City after working as a marketing director for an architecture firm and was looking at local plays to get involved with. He had been involved in theater earlier in his life and performed in various mediums when attending Northeastern University in Boston. When he saw the production of Last of the Mohicans and that the location was in Lake George, he knew he had to act on it.

"I'm a big fan of the story line and I'm usually going to Lake George every summer," he said, adding that he unfortunately couldn't make it up there last year. "I knew I needed to be apart of it and Steve O'Connor gave me an audition."

Hernandez said he originally thought he was auditioning for the part of Mogwai, the antagonist in the story, which he said would have been stepping out of his usual element of being the fun-loving good guy. He soon learned that the position had been filled but he would be taking the role of Uncus, which he said fits him better.

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