When Tecumseh! opens its season June 8, an eight-year veteran of the production will take over the lead role.

Stevyn Carmona, who first performed in the outdoor drama in 2004, has been selected the 19th Tecumseh as the production enters its 40th season.

“I have dreamed about portraying the great Shawnee leader since I joined the cast,” Carmona said. “My journey to getting the role has been amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love the drama, the men and women who keep it running year after year and the city of Chillicothe, the summer home I can’t wait to get back to. Tecumseh! means the world to me.”

Carmona said he thanks producer Beth Beatty, artistic director Adam Burke and The Scioto Society Inc. for the honor.

Carmona is a former college football player and graduated from Frostburg State University in 2004 with a BS in theatre. He was born and reared in Trinidad and Tobago.

Other roles he has portrayed in Tecumseh! have been Red Horse, Blue Jacket, Kitate, Chaubeenee and Chiksika.

“Stevyn has been an integral part of our production for the past eight seasons,” Beatty said. “We are both excited and proud to have him in the lead role this season.”

“Tecumseh!” opens its 2012 season on June 8 and runs through Sept. 1. Shows are at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For additional information and to make reservations visit www.tecumsehdrama.com or visit its Facebook page at “Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama - Official Site.” Reservations can also be made at calling 1-866-775-0700.

Carmona currently resides in Norcross, Ga.