The curtain is rising on a new season of Echoes In Time Theatre at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
Actually, that’s a figure of speech, as most of these live one-person performances don’t involve a curtain, except as a backdrop, but they do involve some fascinating figures in Ohio and national history -- some well known, others not-so-well-known, but all with interesting stories to share!
A New Performance Each Month
Echoes In Time Theatre performances require no tickets -- they’re free with Ohio History Center museum admission (and Ohio History Center museum admission and Echoes in Time Theatre performances are always free for Ohio Historical Society members). Performances take place most every Saturday at 1 and again at 3 p.m., with a new show each month. Each performance lasts about 30 to 45 minutes and is suitable for ages 10 and above. Here’s the 2013 season schedule -- mark your calendar now and join us this Saturday!
Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
All Is Gone and Swept Away! The 1913 Flood
“Numerous lives lost; property loss of over a million dollars; business loss that is not to be estimated; many families bereft of all or much of their possessions; numerous costly bridges in the country and cities washed away; cities isolated and restored to primitive conditions, no light, heat and water services.” This report by an Ohio newspaper of the time sums up the effects of one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded Ohio history: the flood of March 25, 1913. Harriet Merriman portrays a woman who survived the flood.
Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Dressmaker and Confidant to the First Lady: Elizabeth Keckley
Meet Mary Todd Lincoln’s best friend and confidante, dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley. “Lizzie” as she was referred to, had no formal education but learned her skills as a seamstress from her mother -- skills that eventually helped her win her freedom and that of her son. Elizabeth Keckley seemed to be the only person who understood and tolerated Mary Todd Lincoln’s unstable temperament and sharp tongue. Revonne Hammond portrays Elizabeth Keckley.
March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Liberties or Restrictions? Through the Eyes of Our Forefathers
Step back in time to a discussion on the founding documents written by our forefathers. Listen and join in as an early citizen discusses his thoughts about the restrictions and/or liberties that were put in place by the founding documents and those who wrote them. Paul Hammock portrays an early citizen.
April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Free At Last, Free At Last: Reminiscences on Slavery
On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, ending slavery in areas then in rebellion. In the months following, with the war continuing, the country began to assess the meaning of this historic presidential order. Listen as two Ripley, Ohio, neighbors and colleagues in the antislavery movement, one black, one white, sit together and discuss just how far they’ve come and what the future holds. John Parker, portrayed by Anthony Gibbs, and Rev. John Rankin, portrayed by Ronald St. Pierre, reflect on their lives and their work in bringing freedom to an oppressed people.
May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Alice Schille
Considered one of America’s foremost watercolorists, Columbus native Alice Schille (1869-1955) earned international recognition for her fine Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings of street scenes, beaches and markets, as well as women and children. Robin Schuricht portrays Alice Schille.
June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Codename Babcock: Citizen Spy Elizabeth Van Lew
A prominent member of Richmond, Va., society, 43-year-old Elizabeth Van Lew lived with her widowed mother in a three-story mansion in the Confederate capital. Educated in the North, Van Lew took pride in her Richmond roots, but fervently opposed slavery and secession, writing her thoughts in a secret diary, the existence of which she would reveal only on her deathbed. Listen as Elizabeth Van Lew, portrayed by Mary Lou McKeen, discusses her work as a spy.
July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Traveling the Big Ditch: Tales of the Ohio Canals
From the 1820s to 1850s, canals helped further the settlement of Ohio and open up previously unsettled areas like the Black Swamp of northwest Ohio. Many a tale has grown up around this mode of travel and the people who made their livelihood working it. Hear some of them from Roy Nichols, who portrays one of those who lived and worked on the canals.
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Best of Echoes In Time Theatre
Enjoy encore performances of past Echoes In Time Theatre productions each weekend in August.
Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Originally Known as Adelphia or Brotherhood: The Founding of Marietta, Ohio
Pioneers seeking to settle the vast land northwest of the Ohio River were provided a gateway through the formation of Marietta, Ohio, the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory. In a very real sense, the westward movement began with the establishment of Marietta and construction of Campus Martius, a civilian fortification there, between 1788 and 1791. William Schuricht portrays an early settler to the Ohio country.
Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
DUCK AND COVER! Surviving the Atomic Blast
Duck and Cover was the title of a social guidance film produced in 1951 by the federal government’s Civil Defense branch shortly after the Soviet Union began nuclear testing. It was shown in schools as the cornerstone of the government’s “duck and cover” public awareness campaign. The movie states that nuclear war could happen at any time without warning and that citizens should be ever ready. Get instructions in surviving an atomic blast from a 1950s Civil Defense officer portrayed by Megan Wood.
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2013 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Rosie the Riveter
American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II. Widespread male enlistment in the armed forces had left gaping holes in the nation’s industrial workforce. Between 1940 and 1945, the percentage of females in the American workforce increased from 27% to nearly 37%, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home. Star of a government campaign aimed at recruiting female workers, “Rosie the Riveter” became the most iconic image of working women during wartime that America has seen. Katie Sullivan portrays Rosie.
Dec. 7, 14 and 21 • 1 and 3 p.m.
Tales of A Department Store Santa
It’s the 1950s. Whose Christmas would be complete without a visit to the department store and the North Pole? There in the middle of the store is the jolly old elf himself! Listen as your memories are stirred by the story of a department store Santa, told by…Santa!
Questions about Echoes In Time Theatre? Call 800.686.6124.