1st Person Historical Impersonations
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players….And one man in his time plays many parts.”
Dynamic first-person historical impersonations (living biographies) in authentic period costume of famous literary and historical personages from the pages of history – history brought to life!
“That’s Just Bully” – Teddy Roosevelt & the Great Adventure of Life!
Meet Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919), the 26th President of the United States, and learn more about his extraordinary life and times. Experience his warm, outgoing and larger-than-life personality as well as his timeless wisdom, courage, sense of patriotic duty and dedication to his country as revealed in his own striking words, flamboyant gestures and unforgettable phrases. A highly intelligent, individualistic, uninhibited and audacious man, he left us an example of all that is to be admired and cherished in the truly free American spirit!
The Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe
The haunting poems and chilling stories of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) established him as the master of the macabre, and his detective fiction is credited with launching the genre. But behind his popularity and artistic success was a personal life defined by a melancholy nature that made his own life as tragic as one of his strange tales. Poe’s story is told from the death of his mother when he was 2 to his final collapse on the streets of Baltimore at age 40. Dramatic readings of Poe’s work underscore his devastation due to the illness and loss of his child bride Virginia, among other struggles and losses of his life.
The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
Come meet Mark Twain (1835-1910) as he shares his wit, wisdom, and wry sense of humor through some of his most famous quips, comments, and timeless observations on just about everything—including life, love, history, culture, travel, animals, critics, politicians, youth, and human nature in general—in this highly entertaining, informative, and uplifting presentation.
“Semper Fidelis” – The Story of John Philip Sousa & The United States Marine Band
John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) was the symbol of an era of American exceptionalism, and was known as the man who did one particular thing better than any other – he was to the patriotic march what Johann Strauss, Jr. was to the waltz. He stood alone among the first composers to tour the world with his own musical organization and was destined to become the most famous bandmaster in musical history. His band, which many say has never been surpassed, was a living legend, and even today it lives on in the form of the United States Marine Corps Band – ‘The President’s Own’.
An Old-Fashioned Yuletide Celebration with Charles Dickens, Scrooge & “A Christmas Carol”
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of 19th century England’s greatest novelists, and even today he remains one of the most universally popular writers of all time. To many, his literary characters are as real today as the day they were written,especially Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Dickens own life was a true tale of rags-to-riches – from the shame and squalor of debt and humiliation in Victorian London to international literary success, wealth and worldwide acclaim. His reality is reflected in the lives of his famous literary creations.Come and sit by the fireside this holiday season and listen to Dickens himself share the story of his remarkable life and unforgettable tale of A Christmas Carol.
“Give me Liberty or Give me Death!” – Patrick Henry
These compelling and immortal words embodied the patriotic and fighting spirit of Patrick Henry (1736-1799) – a brilliant orator whose uncompromising love of liberty at any cost fueled the fire of the American Revolution. Henry was actually the first of America’s Founding Fathers, the first to call Americans to arms against Britain, the first to demand a bill of rights, and the first to fight against the growth of big government after the Revolution. Come and listen to the ‘Voice of Liberty’ and the ‘Trumpet of the American Revolution’ as we discover the story behind the famous words “Give me liberty, or give me death”!
Gen. ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne – Gentleman Rebel of the American Revolution
Ever wonder why the famous Revolutionary War General ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne (1745-1796) was called ‘Mad’, or what really happened at the Paoli Massacre? Then prepare to fall in and march back in time as we meet ‘Mad’ Anthony himself – dashing hero, bon vivant, dandy of the Continental Army, deadly opponent-in-arms, and Main Line native son as he reflects upon his adventurous life as one of America’s finest fighting generals!
Shakespeare in Love – A Valentine’s Day Celebration in Poetry, Prose, Music & Dance
“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend / the brightest heaven of invention; / A kingdom for a stage, princes to act / and monarchs to behold the swelling scene.” This program includes romantic excerpts from the plays and love sonnets of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), beautifully read and performed in Renaissance period costume with flourish and panache!
An Intimate Encounter with Lord Byron – The Prince of Romantic Poets
The life story of this most famous of English romantics (1788-1824) reads like a script from the latest Hollywood blockbuster, teeming with talent and sensuality. The very term ‘Byronic’ has come to symbolize the brilliant, yet self-destructive artist as anti-hero. Experience the beauty, power and passion of his poetry and prose as we travel from the courts of Regency England through the age of revolution, adventure, and romance. Come feel the passion…
The Spirit of Romance – A Sumptuous & Stylish Salute to the English Romantic Poets
The Romantic poets rebelled against all that was conventional in their day. They embraced the fanciful, the picturesque, the beautiful, and the passionate. Thus one of the primary traits in Romantic poetry was its emphasis on an intensely emotional type of expression. The Romantic poet was both artist and rebel – the bohemian, the rejected dreamer whose individualism in beliefs, manners, and dress never failed to shock the establishment. Beautifully read and performed in Regency period costume.
All Passion Spent – The Bombastic Life & Beautiful Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley
The life story of this famous English romantic poet (1792-1822) and dramatic readings from his beautiful poetry is presented in period costume.
Bright Star – The Life, Love & Poetry of John Keats
Meet this famous English romantic poet (1795-1821) and hear of his productive yet tragic life story and his love affair with Fanny Brawne. Dramatic readings of selective letters and poems, presented in period costume.
“My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” – The Life & Poetry of Robert “Bobbie” Burns
“O My Luve’s like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung in June; O My Luve’s like the melodic, that’s sweetly played in tune.” The life and poetry of Robert “Bobbie” Burns (1759-1796), Scotland’s most famous poet, is presented in period costume.
W. B. Yeats – Poet Bard of Ireland
The beautiful poetry of W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), one of Ireland’s greatest ever poets and winner of the Nobel Prize, is dramatically read in period costume
I Would Rather Be Ashes than Dust – The Adventurous Writer’s Life of Jack London
The adventurous life and writings of Jack London (1876-1916), America’s most successful writer of the early 20th century, presented in period costume.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald & the Jazz Age
Considered to be one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was a member of the “Lost Generation” who came of age during WWI. His novels are windows into the “Jazz Age” of the 1920’s, a term he coined himself. His most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, portrays the decadence of the Roaring Twenties. Dramatic readings of excerpts from his works are presented in period costume.
Hemingway – Wrestling with Life
“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” Explore the adventurous and creative life of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) and hear dramatic excerpts from his writings.
Dylan Thomas – The Welshman Who Made the English Language Sing
The literary and lyrical life of Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) is explored, including dramatic readings of his poetry. Thomas, in his time, was considered a rebel and a genius, and even today he is considered a poet’s poet. He saw the workings of the universe as a magical transformation producing unity out of diversity, and again and again in his poetry he sought a poetical ritual to celebrate this diversity. Thomas was a brilliant speaker, a reckless and impulsive artist whose life was packed with emotional ups and downs. His poetry readings in America were enormous successes in spite of his own, at times, self-destructive behavior, and his works remain a hallmark of artistic achievement.
Yes, I Am A Dreamer – A Portrait of Oscar Wilde
“I have the simplest tastes,” remarked Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). “I am always satisfied with the best.” Widely acknowledged as the most brilliant talker of his age, he once said, “I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.” He once told a customs official, “I have nothing to declare but my genius.” Even today his brilliantly witty, humorous, and satirical plays are still being performed on a regular basis.
On Parade! A Veterans Day Salute with Rudyard Kipling – The Soldier’s Poet
The story of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is a tale of paradise won and lost. It is the story of a literary genius who wrote some of the world’s best known and enduring works of prose and poetry, yet whose own life was full of great acclaim and deep tragedy. Kipling endured and overcame, and today is regarded as one of the literary giants of the 20th century and the unofficial poet of the United States Marine Corps!
Meet Ludwig von Beethoven – Magnificent Rebel!
A veritable titan of talent, Beethoven (1770-1827) took the musical world of his day by storm. His meteoric rise and defiant end has become synonymous with the struggle of the artistic individual against the odds. Hear the intimate details of his life from dramatic excerpts from his letters. Discover what he meant when he said “God made many princes, but only one Beethoven.
And I Laid Me Down with a Will – The Life & Adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson
The life story and adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), famous Scottish novelist and poet, is presented in period costume.
Robert Louis Stevenson and “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde“
Kindly, respected Dr. Henry Jekyll is convinced that all people have two personalities lurking within them, so he concocts a drug to separate one man into two personalities and tests it on himself. Enter Mr. Hyde – Dr. Jekyll’s alter ego – as depraved and vicious as Dr. Jekyll is virtuous and kindly. Robert Louis Stevenson’s world-famous thriller explores the eternal battle between good and evil within each and every one of us. Can Dr. Jekyll overcome Mr. Hyde? Or will he become Hyde’s next victim?
The Phantom of the Opera
From short story to stage to film and Hollywood blockbuster musical, the tale of The Phantom of the Opera is still as captivating and terrifying as ever. Succumb to the subterranean charms of the Phantom and let your fantasies unwind to the Music of the Night!
“It’s in the Blood”– The Story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula
From the mountains of Transylvania to the shores of Victorian England and beyond, the gothic tale of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is seemingly as old as ancient folklore itself. Journey back in time to explore the blood-chilling world of Count Dracula, as we take a bite out of the tales of vampires and the legend of the living dead, to discover why “it’s all in the blood…”