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High Plains Chautauqua Announces 2005
Schedule and Scholars for August 2-6
(06/25/05) Director of Programs for the Colorado
Endowment for the Humanities Mark E.
Skinner wrote to The Complete Chautauquan
to let its readers know that this August will have an exciting lineup if of
portrayals and workshops with this year’s theme, Shake, Rattle and Roll:
1945-1960.”The event will be held at AimsCommunity College in Greeley, Colorado on August 2-6, 2005.
Historical figures to be portrayed by humanities scholars will
be as follows:
Mishler portrays Edward R. Murrow
Baldwin portrays Dorothy Thompson.
Worley portrays Harry S. Truman.
Vickery portrays Joseph R. McCarthy.
Jeffreson portrays Paul Robeson.
Dwyer portrays Rachel Carson.
ØLenneal Henderson portrays Thurgood Marshall.
Also a pre-Chautauqua event on August 1 at at the Rialto Theater will feature Doug Mishler
Evening with Andrew Carnegie: What Americans Owe Each Other.
“Our audience last year totaled 6,400 over four days,” Skinner
reported to The Complete Chautauquan.“Also, we’re expanding to a second site (Grand Junction) in 2006,” said Skinner.The Complete Chautauquan
will add the dates for both 2006 locations once the information is available.For more information visit High Plains Chautauqua.
The Complete Chautauquanis
FIVE YEARS OLD TODAY
(06/24/05)Happy birthday to The Complete Chautauquan.Welcome to what has been called “A must for researchers” and“The
single most thorough compilation of contemporary and historical information
about the presence of Chautauqua in the USA.”The Complete Chautauquan
website was started from this single page on June
24, 2000, out
of a desire to have a collection of information that could be accessed by the
author anywhere, and eventually shared with the world.Thank you, to all who have written over the
years and contributed to the success of The Complete Chautauquan.
author is especially interested in anything to do with Chautauquas
in Oklahoma and Kansas.But, as the
name of the site implies, The Complete Chautauquan
is intended to cover the whole scope of what is Chautauqua, from the Mother
Chautauqua in New
York, to the
Daughter Chautauquas, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, the Circuit Chautauquasofthe early 20th
Century, and the Modern Humanities Chautauquas from
the mid-1970s to Present.Please feel
free to e-mail The Complete Chautauquan with
questions if you don’t find what you’re looking for here at Alphabet26@aol.com.The Complete Chautauquan
is always interested in adding new or old Chautauqua items to its collection
of advertising/promotional materials, programs/readers, and
souvenirs/memorabilia.The goal of The
Complete Chautauquan in the next year will
be to implement in full the Who’s Who in Chautauqua page
posted a couple of years ago but never really started or completed.Much more updating will take place in other
areas, but that will be in time.
Thornton, Indiana, Chautauqua in Celebration of the
Town’s 175th Anniversary
Patricia Gillogly sent the following information:
(06/22/05)The small community of Thorntown, Indiana,
will celebrate its 175th anniversary with an 8-day Chautauqua on
9-16 July. Themed days include individual achievement, faith and spirit,
archaeology and anthropology, genealogy, cemeteries, fun and entertainment,
and community. Lectures, demonstrations, classes, musical entertainment and
an art show will take
place in the historic business district. For more information contact the Sugar Creek Historical Society at
Gun Dog Ranch
and Humanities Council of Tulsa Chautauqua 2005
(June 14, 2005)Tulsa had a most excellent Chautauqua this past week with
its fourteenth consecutive annual program.The Complete Chautauquan was in
attendance at every evening event – as it has for twelve years (since June
1994) – and even some of the afternoon workshops.Portraits of the
Renaissance: Painters, Pirates, and Playwrights was the 2005 theme of the event held under the big white
tent on the OSU-Tulsa campus starting with the Student Chautauqua on June 6
and continuing through June 11, 2005.The Complete Chautauquan observed
that the tent used this year resembled a tent viewed in a photo of a 1908
Chautauqua – probably the most authentic looking Chautauqua tent around,
although many of the later tents were brown colored for practical
purposes.And the location on the hill
above OSU-Tulsa’s Auditorium is ideal for such an event.It was a great theme.Has there been another Chautauqua theme in
which no character on the program was American-born?I don’t know, but it is an interesting
Hank Fincken was the scholar behind the performance
of Christopher Columbus.Hank is always an interesting person to
watch in whatever character he is performing, and his Columbus is excellent.In the three-part performance, Fincken brought out many aspects of Columbus of which audience members told The
Complete Chautauquan they were not
aware.Visit The Official Website of Hank Fincken.
Night two was Dr. Sally
Ann Drucker in the role of LucretiaBorgia.This was the first performance by Dr. Drucker with The Complete Chautauquan
in attendance, but it is evident that she is a seasoned Chautauqua scholar
who has toured Chautauquas in nine states.Was LucretiaBorgia as bad as popular history might portray, or was it
just a reputation put on her by the men in her life?Drucker leaves
that question open for interpretation.
Another experienced Chautauquan is Karen Vuranch
who portrayed Grace O’Mally for Tulsa this year.She was a welcome return for the Tulsa
Chautauqua audience.Vuranch is an experienced and talented story-teller.And her choice of O’Mally
was a good way to expose the audience to a character they might no t know
Dr. Ted Katchel is a Tulsa favorite who regularly serves as a
coach and advisor for Chautauqua events. The retired head of the Theater
Department at TulsaCommunity College has served Chautauqua organizers and
audiences well, and this year is no exception.Not only was he on every night as the
master of ceremonies in his role as Shakespeare, but he was on target with
his Friday night performance as William
audience members were overheard saying that Ted’s Shakespeare was their
favorite Chautauqua character.
Complete Chautauquan heard copious praise from audience
members about Peter Donaldson’s
portrayal ofLeonardoda Vinci.Like Fincken, he
had cut down and rearranged a play he performs frequently and formatted it
for the Chautauqua platform.The
children and adults alike were taken back to da
Vinci’s studio where they learned of the artist’s life.The interaction with the children and the
question and answer session where Donaldson showed his ability to think fast
on his feet was excellent.There is
already talk that Donaldson might be able to bring his full play to Tulsa in a couple of years.The Complete Chautauquan
has heard of a great deal of support for his return already.Visit PeterDonaldson.net.
Welcome to The Complete Chautauquan
13, 2005) This page is written by Jeffrey
Scott Maxwell, a collector of all things related to Chautauqua.This page was started as a collection in
itself, and now everyone can share in this collection of interesting
E-mail Recently Received by The Complete Chautauquan
(June 10, 2005)Elana Diaz Bjorkquistis a Chautauqua Scholar from Tucson, Arizona who wrote the following:
I would like to be included as a
Chautauqua Scholar on your website. I portray TeresitaUrrea, a healer from the 1900's. I'm
sponsored by the Arizona Humanities
Council. You can read more about me and Urrea
at my website http://www/elenadiazbjorkquist.com.
will be added to the Scholar and Character Pages the next time they are
E-mail Recently Received by The Complete Chautauquan
(May 18, 2005)The Complete Chautauquan received
the following information from Lake Superior:
Big Top Chautauqua's grand 20th
summer season of music making and star gazing runs from June 11 thru
September 10 and is filled with 66 of the finest musical performances around.
Tickets are now on sale for all shows.
Call toll free at 888-BIG-TENT (888-244-8368) Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm, or
order online anytime at www.bigtop.org.
If you are on the Big Top Chautauqua’s
mailing list look for the 2005 Summer Guide filled with Chautauqua history
and show details
tickets through our secure website or by calling 715-373-5552 or toll free
888-244-8368 Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
THE Chautauqua Institute 2005
(May 6, 2005)The following is a press release from The Chautauqua Institution:
Chautauqua Institution's 132nd Season
Chautauqua Institution's 132nd season will
run from Saturday, June 25 - Sunday, August 28 and feature an outstanding
lineup of lectures, symphony, opera, theater, dance, religious programming
and popular entertainment.
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra is
led by Uriel Segal, music director and will perform
22 concerts during the course of the season. Guest conductors include: Stuart
Chafetz, John Marcellus, Akira Endo, Grant Cooper,
Fabio Mechetti, Joseph Colaneri,
Carl St. Clair, Jason Weintraub and Paul Nadler The
complete repertoire is available at http://symphony.ciweb.org/2005schedule.html.
The Chautauqua Opera Company will
perform four operas (two performances of each) during the season, Madam
Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini (July 8 & 11), The
Crucible by Robert Ward (July 22 and 25), Lucia of Lammermoor,
by Gaetano Donizetti (August 5 & 8), and
Meredith Wilson's The Music Man (August19, 21 & 22). For more
The Chautauqua Theater Company, under
the new leadership of artistic directors Ethan McSweeny
and Vivienne Benesch will offer the performance of
three plays and staged readings of new works by two of America's most
outstanding playwrights. The staged readings are a new innovation in the CTC
calendar. The plays will be chosen to directly reflect on the lecture
platform of the week. Guest artists, writer and director participate in post
show discussions after each performance. The staged reading for
Week One (June 30 - July 2) will reflect on the lecture platform theme:
"Europe Today and Tomorrow." The staged
reading for Week Six will reflect on the theme "The Land and
Justice." The plays for the season are All My Sons by Arthur
Miller/directed by Ethan McSweeny (July 9 - July
16), Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin/directed by Mark Nelson (July
23 - July 30), and Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare/directed by
Vivienne Benesch (August 13 - August 20). For more
Chautauqua Institution's 2005 Lecture
Platform features leading authorities discussing topics of importance and
relevance. The morning amphitheater lectures take place Monday thru Friday
throughout the course of the season and follow weekly themes. The themes for
·Week 1 June 26-July 2 Europe Today and
·Week 2 July 3-9 The World of Work
·Week 3 July 10-16 The Law in Religion and Society Abrahamic Week
·Week 4 July 17-23
·Why Geography Matters
·Week 5 July 24-30 The Arts
·Week 6 July 31-August 6 The Land and Justice
·Week 7 August 7-13 Living an Ethical Life
·Week 8 August 14-20 Iraq and its
·Week 9 August 21-27 The Brain
The department of Religion lectures
held at 2:00 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy will follow the same themes
except for the following:
The Chautauqua Institution is a
not-for-profit organization that serves as a community, a center, and a
resource where the human spirit is renewed, minds stimulated, faith restored
and the arts valued. It has performance venues, hotel, golf, tennis, and
educational and recreational facilities.
For nine weeks each year, from late
June through late August, the Institution offers a rich blend of arts, a
variety of programming and recreational activities. Its educational mission
is continued during the rest of the year with programs for older adults such
as Elderhostels and other learning opportunities.
More information is available at http://www.ciweb.org/.
(March 26, 2005)The Complete Chautauquan reader Trish Bowers
wrote the following:
Jeffrey, I saw
your mention of the Merom Bluffs chautauqua on the complete chautauquan.There is a mention that you are not sure
what it is about.My great grandfather
Dr. John J Parker was one of the men who founded the chautauqua
on the Merom Bluffs in 1905.My grandmother has passed away recently and
my family will be going home to Indiana for the
festival this June.All my life my
grandmother told us about the festival and according to her it is not just a
car show and parade, although they do employ many novelty ideas to allow
entire families to enjoy the gathering.The Merom Bluffs chautaqua
is like many of the other "daughter chautauquas"
the residents come together to celebrate local and american
history as well as influential past residents of Merom.The focus seems to be on promoting the
family and community units as well as religion, education, political views as
well as arts education and appreciation.All in all it is a festival to celebrate unity and history as Merom and all of Sullivan has a strong interest in
genealogy and family roots.I hope
this helps you with your web report.
Go with god
Chautauqua News Briefs
coming years, the theme selection for Oklahoma Chautauquas
might well be shaped partly by a couple of centennial events that will take
of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, brought the circuit chautauquas
four years in a row from 1905-1908. The Centennial Tulsa Chautauqua in 1905
will be sure to bring a number of great programs to the OSU-Tulsa campus.
significance is the celebration of the formation of the Oklahoma and
Indian Territories into the State of Oklahoma in 1907 -- certainly a good subject for Chautauqua
events in 1906 and/or 1907.