Program for performances 2012

All programs made for performances should include a thank you to and the logos of our sponsors, Colorado Humanities and Boulder History Museum:

You can select cover art drawn by any one of our students:


And select the appropriate student bios:__________________________________Margaret Bourke-White, 1904-1971 (portrayed by Teagen Blakey)
Margaret was among the pioneering photographers of the early Twentieth Century. A substantial portion of her career was spent working for Fortune and Life magazines. In addition to photographing such people as Stalin, and Mahatma Gandhi, Margaret wrote a total of 10 books illustrated with hundreds of her photographs.Suggested Reading: Portrait of Myself by Margaret Bourke-White, 1963 (Chapter book.); Margaret Bourke-Whiteby Susan Goldman Rubin, 1999. (Children’s book)_____________________Mary Cassatt, 1844 – 1926 (portrayed by Melanie Rosenberg) Mary Cassatt was an American Impressionist painter who influenced art for decades to come.  She worked in many mediums which included Drypoint, Pastel, and Oil. She is most remembered as a painter of mothers and children and her painting, “The Boating Party”.Recommended reading/viewing:  (Juvenile) Mary Cassatt: family pictures by Claire Leonard / Jane O’Connor; (Adult) Mary Cassatt: oils and pastels Bullard, E. John; (DVD) Mary Cassatt : a brush with independence._____________________Buddy Holly, 1936 – 1959 (portrayed by Casey Rosenberg) Buddy Holly was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly was a huge creative force in early rock and roll.  His works and innovations inspired and influenced The Beatles, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton, and exerted a profound influence on popular music.Recommended reading/viewing:  (Juvenile) Buddy: the story of Buddy Holly by Anne Bustard; (Adult) The day the music died: the last tour of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens by Larry Lehmer;  (All Ages) The Real Buddy Holly Story by Paul McCartney;  Online Video – Carver (portrayed by Gwyneth Bass) The ad read: “wanted attractive young woman who can swim and dive. likes horses, desires to travel.” and so began the exhilarating life of show business for Sonora Carver.The “diving horses act” was one of the more interesting acts in the 1900s show industry, and involved a girl on a horse diving off a high thirty, forty or sixty foot tower into a large tank of water. The show was owned by Dr. Carver (and later his son Al) and the act would travel from town to town, across America to perform in front of thousands.

Sonora became known as one of the more famous “diving girls” in the act, and stuck with it through years of hardships and trials.


Paul W. Tibbits (portrayed by Rhys Bass).  Paul W. Tibbits was partially responsile for ending World War II when he dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  Though this was his most famous mission, it was not the only historic mission in which he participated; he also led the first daylight raid by an American bomber squadron on German-occupied Europe.


Grace O’Malley (portrayed by Nicole Polglaze).  Grace O’Malley was called a pirate and might very well have been one. But in her mind, she was a leader, a chieftain and a mother. To protect her family, she went to the feared English queen, Elizabeth I. What the two women saw in one another we can never know, but it must have been understanding and familiarity. Both were warriors in their hearts. Join Grace for a rough-and-tumble voyage on the high seas.
Recommended reading:  Chambers, Anne, Granuaile: Grace O’Malley–Ireland’s Pirate Queen, C. 1530-1603. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 2009; Sjoholm, Barbara, The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O’Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea. Emeryville, CA: Seal, 2004.

Frances Hamerstrom,1907-1998 (portrayed by Sedona Crouch) was an American naturalist, ornithologist and author, credited with saving the Greater Prairie Chicken from extinction and for her research on birds of prey. She published over 100 professional papers and 10 books on wildlife topics. She trained an estimated seven thousand wildlife observers who helped her collect data on the prairie chicken, hosting them at her home, a large abandoned 1850’s era Wisconsin home that lacked indoor plumbing. She was one of the first women wildlife biologists and studied under Aldo Leopold, the founder of Wildlife Management.

Recommended reading for adults: My Double Life; Memoirs of a Naturalist, by Frances Hamerstrom. University of Wisconsin Press. 1994; Mice in the Freezer, Owls on the Porch: the Lives of Naturalists Frederick and Frances Hamerstrom, by Helen MacGavran Corneli- 2006. For children: Girls Who Look Under Rocks; the Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists– Jeannine Atkins. Dawn Pubns. 2000.


Thomas Andrews DATES (portrayed by Andrew Taylor) Thomas Andrews was born in the town of Comber, Ireland on the 7th of February, 1873. He was the Chief Designer at the Harland and Wolf shipyard. His most notable ships were the RMS Olympic and her infamous sister ship the RMS Titanic. He joined the passengers and crew on the maiden voyage of the Titanic as to make note of any unnoticed flaws that would need to be fixed. That voyage was to be his last for he died in the early morning of April 15th 1912 as the Titanic sank below the waves.
Recommended Reading:  Titanic: The Ship Magnificent, A Night to Remember, Thomas Andrews, Shipbuilder.  Movies: Titanic: How it really sank, Titanic: The Definitive Documentary Collection, A Night to Remember.

Lewis Carroll, portrayed by Dariya Zavorotny. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more commonly known as Lewis Carroll, was most famous for his whimsical children’s books, including the two classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. However, Mr. Dodgson was also a renowned mathematician and logician, and a pioneering photographer, considered to be one of the best portrait photographers of Victorian times. Mr. Carroll/Dodgson lived from 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898.

Here is a list of books if you want to know more about Lewis Carroll: The Alice Behind Wonderland, by Simon Winchester; Lewis Carroll, a Biography, by Morton Cohen; Martin Gardner’s Annotated Books of Lewis Carroll explain many of the mathematical references and games in the children’s literature; Lewis Carroll Photographs, edited by Karl Steinorth; Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life, by Robin Wilson.


Eva Cassidy, portrayed by Sima Zavorotny. Eva Cassidy was a singer and guitarist, who performed in a number of genres, including jazz, soul, folk, country and gospel. She grew up and lived most of her life in the Washington DC area, and was a local musician there.  She only became relatively well-known four years after her death, when a recording of “Over the Rainbow” shot to number one on the charts in Britain. She was also an accomplished artist, and supplemented her income as a musician with mural painting and landscaping. She died from melanoma cancer in 1996, at the age of 33.

Further reading: Eva Cassidy, Songbird: Her Story by Those Who Knew Her by Burley, Maitland and Byrd is the only biography available, in the form of collected memories of her friends and family. There is a big collection of her recordings on YouTube.


Agrippina the Elder, 14 B.C. – 33 A.D., (portrayed by Liesl Jensen) was a wife, mother and stateswoman – and on occasion a general – in one of the most turbulent times in Roman history. The Roman republic had, over time, shifted into an empire, leaving quite a bit of turmoil. Through times of suspicion, war and peace, Agrippina stood up for her beliefs.

Recommended Reading: The Annals by Tacitus; I, Claudius by Robert Graves.


Lillian Leitzel (portrayed by Jessica Miller) Lillian Leitzel, the demanding yet demure; hot tempered, but also sweet and thoughtful; flamboyant and yet sometimes shy and even self-conscious, unchallenged Queen of the Air was a circus diva of the highest regard. She ruled the rings as well as the back lot during the golden age of The Greatest Show On Earth. Born in Breslau, Germany, to a family of third generation circus performers, Leitzel was simply born with wings instead of arms. But her parents separated when she was very young leaving her to grow up with her grandparents. She received a quality education including 6 different languages, piano, and dance. In her spare time she built a trapeze bar and taught herself tricks. At age seven, she was ready to join her mother’s trapeze troupe, the Leamy Ladies and toured all over Europe and eventually came to New York. Here she stayed and developed her act on the roman rings which would eventually earn her a contract with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey where she would perform for the rest of her days. Lillian died in action on February 13, 1931 at the age of 39 when her equipment malfunctioned.
Resources: The American Circus by Wilton Eckley c1984; Center Ring by Robert Lewis Taylor c1956; On the Web: – discover more – legends and lore.   Circus in General: A History of the Circus by George Speaight c 1980. Movies: The Greatest Show on Earth Hollywood. Paramount c2004. Toby Tyler Disney. c1960

Nellie Cashman

Born in Queenstown, County Cork, Ireland in about 1850, Nellie Cashman carried more than satchels of clothing when she emigrated to America.  She held an unshakeable belief that a pot of gold awaited her at the end of the rainbow.  All she must do was find it.  Hard as flint, with endurance on the trail equal to that of any man, but always ready with a cheery word and a helping hand, she was a truly remarkable and admirable woman.

Books and other sources: Ledbetter, Suzann, Nellie Cashman, Texas Western Press, University of Texas at El Paso, (1993).  Articles from Arizona newspapers of interviews with Nellie Cashman can be found on the website of the Library of Congress.


Nathan Wood Bass (portrayed by Sommyr) Nathan Wood Bass was a geologist.  During his life, he mapped the geology which underlies oil fields, coal mines and deposits of helium gas.  He is most well known for his publications on the origin of the shoestring sands of Kansas and Oklahoma. 

Recommended resources: Donnell, John R., Horn, George H., and Averitt, Paul, “Memorial  N.  Wood Bass 1893 – 1979”,  American Association Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, July 1980.  Lohman, S.W., “Memorial to Nathan Wood Bass,”  Geological Society of America Bulletin, 1983.  “Origin of the Shoestring Sands of Greenwood and Butler Counties, Kansas”;  Kansas State Geological Survey Bulletin 23. 1936.


Pauline Cushman (portrayed by Kaya) was an actress and, later, a Union spy during the Civil War.   For further research: The Life of Pauline Cushman by Ferdinand L. Sarimento


Jacques Cousteau was an explorer, filmographer and inventor who brought the undersea world to the living rooms of people throughout the modern world. In his later life he became very active in protecting our environment.

For more information, please read any of his many books, including Silent World and The Human, the Orchid and the Octopus.  My Father, the Captain, by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jacques Cousteau, The Sea King by Brad Matsen.



Eleanor Roosevelt (portrayed by Eleanor Butterworth)
Born October 11, 1884, in New York City, Eleanor Roosevelt, was a shy child who despite a tragically difficult childhood, grew up to be one of America’s most inspiring and beloved women. Eleanor Roosevelt pioneered the early days of the UN, was outspoken on women’s issues and changed the role of the first lady, in America forever.
Cleopatra VII (portrayed by Laurel Butterworth
One of the most famous and beautiful women of all time, Cleopatra’s legacy survives more than 2000 years  in art, operas, film and literature, notably: Shakespeare‘s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra. Often portrayed as a great beauty, Cleopatra was a versatile ruler as well as a wife and mother. Her story as a young woman, reveals a strong willed young lady, born to live out one of the greatest stories in human history.
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