Boulder YC 2019-2020

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One of the most important questions our YC students ask about the historical figures they portray is, “What hardships did they face, and how did they overcome them?”

This spring our YC students have had to overcome unexpected challenges too.  Please support their hard work and join us (through the 21st century magic of the Zoom app) as we travel back in time to learn how others have found hope and inspiration in the challenging moments of their lives.

Performance dates & times listed below; please scroll down to see a virtual program introducing you to this year’s historical figures.

Saturday May 9th, 4pm

  • Nikiah portrays Sarah Cannon a.k.a. Minnie Pearl
  • Sacia portrays Sibyl Ludington
  • Avery portrays Amelia Earhart

Zoom link: ID: 815 4225 3663 Password: 201168

Thursday, May 14th, 3pm

  • Anna portrays James Alfred Wight a.k.a. James Herriot
  • Morgan portrays Gino Bartali
  • Avery portrays Amelia Earhart

Zoom link: ID: 898 4868 8584 Password: 570107

Saturday, May 16, 4pm

  • Anna portrays James Alfred Wight a.k.a. James Herriot
  • Morgan portrays Gino Bartali

Zoom link: ID: 895 0507 3027 Password: 136379

James Herriot, portrayed by Anna

James Herriot, also known as James Alfred Wight, was a country veterinarian and writer in Yorkshire, England.  For over 50 years he wrote stories about his life and the animals and farmers he cared for and loved.  His stories are filled with big personalities, small heartfelt moments, and hilarious surprises.

Information Sources:
All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Things Wise and Wonderful
All Creatures Great and Small
The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father by James Wight(Author)




Gino Bartali, portrayed by Morgan

Gino Bartali was a beloved Italian cyclist and was a 2 time Tour De France winner.

He smuggled fake identity cards for Jewish people during World War II.  He was captured at a checkpoint and held in prison because they thought he was selling guns.  Despite the authorities he continued risking his life helping the Jews.  It is estimated that he saved 800 lives.

Information Sources:
Road to Valor – Biography
The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of A Holocaust Hero – Children’s Book

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Sybil Ludington (1761-1839), portrayed by Sacia 

“Listen my children and you shall hear of theTeenage girl who outrode Paul Revere.”

Sybil Ludington was an American Revolutionary hero. At the age of 16 she rode 40 miles, gathering her father’s milita in upstate NY. In 1777 she sounded the alarm that British troops were burning down Danbury, Conneticut. Sybil was recognized as a hero of the Revolutionary war by Washington and Hamilton.

Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride (book)
Sybil Ludington, Revolutionary War Rider (book)
Lion Heart Film’s: The Heroic Ride of 1777, Sybil      Ludington
Liberty’s Kid’s: Episode of Sybil Ludington












Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (Minnie Pearl) 1912-1996, portrayed by Nikiah

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon known as Minnie Pearl, was the first woman comedian inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame . Sarah Ophielia Colley Cannon was the first woman to have her own act on the Grand Ole Opry . She was on the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years and Hee Haw for 22 years . However outside of the Grand Ole Opry Sarah helped out with charities and fundraisers for many different things .

Minnie Pearl – Country Music Hall of Fame › artist › minnie-pearl
Minnie Pearl – Grand Ole Opry › artists › minnie-pearl












Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), portrayed by Avery.

Amelia Earhart was the first female to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo and was the first person ever to fly from mainland US to Hawaii solo. She accomplished all this even though her father, who was her biggest supporter, died and she was left to pursue her dream on her own in a time where women were expected to stay home and have children.

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About our program:

The Boulder Young Chautauqua program guides students through the process of creating and presenting a ‘living history’ performance about a historical character of their choice.

Each Young Chautauquan selects an inspiring person from history who possesses qualities, values, or life circumstances that the student can identify with in his or her own life.  The student researches this character and writes an original 5-15 minute monologue from the perspective of the historical person. Included in the monologue are aspects of the historical character’s personality, ideology, and the life-changing events that molded their character.  In addition to the monologue, each student prepares for two distinct question-and-answer sessions; first answering questions while remaining in character, and later answering questions as the researcher.

There’s lots more information on our website – just click on one of the menu options above. Also, be sure to check out photos of our talented students in action in the Photo Gallery or contact us if you have any questions!

Young Chautauqua students learn about so many different skills each semester, including:

  • finding and evaluating primary resources
  • creative writing
  • listening and critical thinking skills
  • historically & culturally appropriate writing
  • how to give and receive criticism gracefully
  • details about 10-15 different historical characters & time periods from fellow students’ projects
  • theater & performance skills
  • confident public speaking
  • quick thinking required to answer questions with poise
  • supporting and encouraging other students with a wide variety of skills

…. and many other unexpected experiences that our students could never have anticipated touching their lives.  From the simple pleasures of making folks at a senior center laugh, to turning the pages of a 100 year old newspaper, to being offered the opportunity to take your very first airplane flight ever (read about that story here), exciting and rewarding opportunities seem to show up for our students who are out in the community learning from others and sharing with others what they learn.  We hope you’ll join us! To register or learn more about our program, contact Chris at:



  • Photo Gallery: Click on the photo to see more of our talented students in action!

    S. as Julius Caesar

    S. as Julius Caesar