The Locust Grove Arts Alliance will hold a Wonder City Wonders Chautauqua event as part of the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit coming to town this fall.
Nov. 22, Friday
The event will coincide with The National Storytelling Network’s Tellabration, an annual celebration of stories.
We are seeking people to play characters from our past–Indian Territory and our town beginnings. Please consider being a part of this show. Below is some history of the Chautauqua movement, possible character choices, and performance suggestions.
The Locust Grove Centennial Celebration book is an excellent source for research. The book can be viewed or purchased at the LG Public Library.
If you would like to play a part in the event, please contact Roxann Yates. We would like to have participants sign up by October 1, 2019. Email Roxann at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theodore Roosevelt said the Chautauqua was “the most American thing in America.”
In 1874, John Heyl Vincent and Lewis Miller rented a Methodist camp meeting site to use in the post-camp meeting season as a summer school for Sunday school teachers; this became known as the Chautauqua Institution and reflected a nation-wide interest in the professionalization of teaching,”
O.W. Killam–town founder, Jerry Yates
Trail of Tears participant–Choogie Kingfisher
Emily Murrell–Murrell Home relative, traveled through LG in 1850, Alysha Little
Possible Characters: Must Incorporate Water into all Presentations
George and Margaret McMullen–town store and hotel
Elzina and Oliver P. Ross–Indian allotments
Colonel William Weer–Battle of LG
Yonkers and/or Markham Ferry workers
V. & Alvie Cook–first ice house (where McFarland’s Antiques is)
Dr. Hugh Callery–doctor for 50 years
Willard Stone–Native world-renowned artist
VFW–something and someone associated with this 1st permanent building in LG
LG post office
Lindsay Mayes Bridge
Early Families/Possible Characters
Markham, Foreman, Sixkiller, Ross, Cavalier, Crutchfield, etc.
How it Works (source: scribd.com)
Master of Ceremonies:
Performances: 10 minutes each; storytelling, music, poetry reading, Q&A, dance
Length of Show: 90 minutes
Date: Also is Tellabration celebration, November 22
- Character monologue. (The LG Centennial Celebration book is an excellent source for research).
- Character answering audience questions
- Scholar describes his/her performance and details
Suggestions for Performance
- Who you are and why you’re remarkable.
- Who, where, dates, parents.
- Anything particular about birth.
- Siblings, schools, influences, surprising facts.
- Important events and how they were a product of the times.
- Good and bad experiences.
- Interesting facts.
- When, how, age.
- Last words.
- Interesting facts.
- Go back to attention-grabber. Add to its meaning.
- Lasting last words.