Boulder YC 2019

Come see our free living history performances!

Our students have been hard at work since January, searching for historical documents related to their characters, writing compelling stories, and honing their stage presence. We hope you’ll join us at the following free public performances:

27 April, Saturday, 3:30pm at the Louisville Library:
Penny Chenery portrayed by Grace
Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed by Nikiah
Nikola Tesla portrayed by Griffin

28 April, Sunday, 2-4pm at the Byers Evans House in Denver as part of the DiaDelNino celebration:
Lyudmila Pavlichenko portrayed by Melanie
Grace Kelly portrayed by Rita
Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed by Nikiah

3 May, Friday, 3:00pm at the Golden West Retirement Community Assisted Living, 1055 Adams Circle, Boulder, 80303. 4th Floor Dining Room:
Maria Callas portrayed by Saiyora
Beatrix Potter portrayed by DanQi
Julius Caesar portrayed by Max
Genghis Khan portrayed by Rishi

4 May, Saturday, 3:00pm at the Golden West Retirement Community Independent Living, 1055 Adams Circle, Boulder, 80303. 1st Floor Main Dining Room:
Grace Kelly portrayed by Rita
Isabella Bird portrayed by Anna
Violet Jessop portrayed by Casey

4 May, Saturday, 4:00pm at the Carillon Retirement Community, 2525 Taft Dr., Boulder:
Lyudmila Pavlichenko portrayed by Melanie
Penny Chenery portrayed by Grace
Grace Kelly portrayed by Rita

4 May, Saturday, 4:00pm at the Escuela Bilingue Pioneer, 101 E. Baseline Rd. Lafayette:
Nikola Tesla portrayed by Griffin

11 May, Saturday, 3:00pm at Frasier Meadows Health Care Center, 4950 Thunderbird Dr., Boulder, Health Care Center 2nd Floor:
Penny Chenery portrayed by Grace
Grace Kelly portrayed by Rita
Isabella Bird portrayed by Anna

29 May, Wednesday, 7pm at Frasier Meadows Independent Living, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder. 4th Floor Assembly Room:
Nikola Tesla portrayed by Griffin
Lyudmila Pavlichenko portrayed by Melanie
Violet Jessop portrayed by Casey

30 May, Thursday, 4pm at Frasier Meadows Assisted Living, 4950 Thunderbird Dr., Boulder, First Floor :
Maria Callas portrayed by Saiyora
Beatrix Potter portrayed by DanQi
Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed by Nikiah

 

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: chrisycboulder@gmail.com

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

    S. as Julius Caesar

    S. as Julius Caesar