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Amelia Earhart: Onward and Upward
October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Living History Performance
Suggested Donation $15
Amelia Earhart is on a press tour to promote flight and women’s issues. In her
speech she recounts her flights across the Atlantic, and also addresses the false press that has
surrounded her. She addresses the public’s association with her and Lindbergh. She also
discusses her need to prove herself, both as a pilot and as a woman.
This is a Chautauqua-style, living history performance. In the late 19th century, lecturers, musicians, and other performers would assemble at Lake Chautauqua to entertain and educate the community. Today, this distinct style begins with rigorous research into a historical figure’s life, culture, and the events that happened around them. This process takes months, sometimes even years. Once the research has been compiled, a thirty minute monologue is drafted. The performer usually picks a specific date, time and place in which their subject would likely have addressed the general public. The performance invites the audience to step back in time. A monologue in character is followed by a two part question and answer session. The first part is all in character. This gives the audience the chance to ask the historical figure a question, as if he or she is standing right in front of them. The second part of the question and answer session is out of character. This gives the performer the chance to introduce his or her self to the audience. At this time, they can ask questions the performer would not have been able to answer while in character. This is also a good time for the audience to ask questions about the research process.
About the Performer:
Natalie Phelps is a performer, artist, and writer from Toledo, Ohio. She has won several awards for art, photography, writing, and performing and has been published in the magazine The Conqueror. Natalie also participated in twenty-four hour plays and forty-eight hour film festivals. More recently, she was asked to participate in a Chautauqua-style living history program. She received an honorarium for her research and portrayal of Amelia Earhart in this program.