5:16 am - Wednesday September 20, 2017

Voices of the Valley 2012


Chautauqua FestivalThird Annual Voices of the Valley Chautauqua Festival

Have you ever wanted to meet a founding father or learn
from an individual who helped shape our current society? The third
annual Voices of the Valley Chautauqua Festival, held July 30-Aug. 5,
allows attendees to “meet” Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Walt
Disney, and Amelia Earhart, all of whom helped shape the western world
as we know it today. Voices of the Valley is sponsored by the Pueblo
City-County Library District, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and
Colorado Humanities.

Free Chautauqua performances will held Aug. 4 and 5 under a tent on
the west lawn of the CSU-Pueblo campus, 2200 Bonforte Blvd. Hamilton
will appear at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 followed by Madison at 6
p.m. The Disney and Earhart performances will be held at 5 p.m. and 6
p.m., respectively, on Sunday, Aug. 5. Chautauqua attendees are
encouraged to bring a picnic dinner.

In addition to the Chautauqua performances, workshops will be held the
week prior to the performances to aid youth and adults in transforming
a historical figure into a Chautauqua performance. Movies and
documentaries will be shown to explore the history of Chautauqua
performances and some of the Chautauqua festival characters more
in-depth.

Chautauqua workshops will be held for youth and adults. Both workshops
will be held Monday, July 30 at the Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo
Ave; the youth workshop will be held at 1 p.m. and the adult workshop
at 5:30 p.m. Renowned Chautauquan Mary Jane Bradbury will lead this
workshop and help individuals develop a Chautauqua performance of
their favorite characters.

The Voices of the Valley Chautauqua Festival also will feature
documentaries and movies, featuring the art of Chautauqua, story of
the Disney empire, and a Hollywood version of Earhart’s story. All
movies are shown at the Rawlings Library in the InfoZone Movie
Theatre. Summer Sojourn (NR) will be shown Friday, Aug. 3 with a
discussion following the movie and lead by the director,
Emmy-nominated Jim Sawatzki. Amelia (PG) (2009) will be shown Monday,
July 30 at 6:30 p.m.; Waking Sleeping Beauty (PG) will show Wednesday,
Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Chautauqua performances feature humanities scholars who research
historical figures and bring them to life through a theatrical
performance. After the performance, scholars answer questions as their
characters, then as themselves. It’s history brought to life in an
entertaining and engaging way that captures the imagination and
interest of people of all ages. For more information on this event,
call 553-0220.

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