Grand. Valley History Players. L-R: Angeline Roles (May West); Jessica Downing-Ford (Emcee); Michael Hardesty (Harry Houdini); Kathy Applebee (Annette Kellerman).
Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Hosted at the Montrose Center for the Arts, this presentation by the Grand Valley History Players explores the 1920s in America. It was a decade of unprecedented growth: buildings in major cities climbed toward the sky, interest in airplanes and air travel exploded with a $25,000 race to fly across the Atlantic. Staged performances became epic productions employing hundreds of performers. The movies created exotic escapes from reality and larger-than-life Stars. Tabloids hit the news stands and our fascination with public figures ignited. The 18th Amendment prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages—a debacle of unprecedented proportions—and the 19th granted women the right to vote—finally!
The Chautauqua Movement continued to enthrall viewers with great characters from history, new ideas, and issues of public concern.
Join the Grand Valley History Players for an evening of Chautauqua with visits from Annette Kellerman, The Mermaid Queen, Harry Houdini, master of escape, and Mae West, entertaining sex symbol whose flamboyant career spanned over seven decades.
Listen as they regale you with their stories, then enjoy the opportunity to ask questions of these icons. There will also be time to ask the performers about their research, observations, and what compelled them to choose their characters.