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Teddy & Eleanor Roosevelt
October 15th @ 7:30 pm - October 16th @ 7:30 pm$10 – $30
Teddy & Eleanor Roosevelt – “What We Are Fighting For”
A interactive Chautauqua presentation of Teddy and Eleanor Roosevelt
October 15 & 16 @7:30 pm
Susan Marie Frontczak as Eleanor Roosevelt
Susan Marie Frontczak, Storysmith®, has developed six historical figures for Chautauqua over the last 22 years, reaching audiences to date in 42 of the United States and nine countries abroad: These historical figures include Scientist Marie Curie, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, author Mary Shelley, dancer Irene Castle, Civil War nurse and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, and humorist/author Erma Bombeck. Susan Marie has been coaching youth since 2004 and adults since 2008 to develop their own Living History presentations. She authored the Young Chautauqua handbooks for Colorado Humanities and coaches YC throughout her home state. Susan Marie says her biggest challenge with Mrs. Roosevelt is to choose what pieces of her immense life to include in any given presentation, and so has developed multiple programs to explore different aspects of Mrs. R’s challenges and contributions. Her website is http://storysmith.org.
Dr. Doug A Mishler as Teddy Roosevelt
Since 1993 Doug has been nationally recognized for bringing “history to life.” Doug has presented figures from Nikita Khrushchev to Theodore Roosevelt, to Ernie Pyle, and P. T. Barnum. He has made over 800 first person presentations of over 30 historical figures, including Stonewall Jackson, Henry Ford, Pablo Picasso, and now Dwight D Eisenhower, Nikola Tesla, and Gene Roddenberry. The voices in his head keep him busy, but also in the last four years he has been the founder & Managing Artistic Director of Restless Artists’ Theatre. When not in the theatre or doing his characters, Mishler has taught American Cultural history for over 20 years. Like his idol T. R., Doug believes there is still plenty of time to grow up and get a “real job”—but later!
What is a Chautauqua?
A Chautauqua is an adult education and entertainment event highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, showmen, preachers, and specialists of the day.
Interestingly enough, Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”
The presenters will be portraying these historical figures in dress, mannerisms and with intimate knowledge about their political and personal lives. This is a lively and interactive dialogue between the audience and the performers. Questions are encouraged, so come ready to test our performers knowledge.
What was Teddy Roosevelt like?
Theodore Roosevelt was a larger than life figure: robust, energetic, unstoppable, and unforgettable. He was a complex intellectual and a simple man of action: a scientist, an explorer, an author, and a cowboy. His brilliance as a politician and his dazzling personality enabled him to remake the nation. He was at his core a vigorous moralist and reformer who advocated equity for all, as he forever altered the national dialogue about the limits of individualism and capitalism. In sum, TR is arguably the central figure of this century, for in a way, all the main issues of the American Century course through him.
So quintessential American, Roosevelts life was one of great contrasts and color. He possessed a powerful personality accurately described by Henry Adams as “a primal force of nature.” He often acted like a big kid for he loved to laugh and vigorously embraced life, “the worst of all possible fears is the fear of living.” He knew more about the national world than most scientists and could recite poetry, discuss literature, and converse freely in five different languages. Though born of wealth and refinement, his vigorous lifestyle riding, hunting, boxing, and exploring, helped create America’s “manly“ persona that is still crucial to our national character.
In his domestic focus Roosevelt was the first President to fully embrace reform and strong government activism. A man with a strong ethical compass, he never deviated from the moral code his revered father taught him; that a true man helped society’s weak and less fortunate. His New Nationalism / Square Deal attacked selfishness and trusts while fighting for equal rights for everyone.
Roosevelt’s masterful and exuberant life helped reshape what it meant to be an American and recast the American spirit.
Who was Eleanor Roosevelt?
Eleanor Roosevelt: author, activist, humanitarian. As First Lady, a staunch, relentless, and compassionate voice for the poor, the underprivileged, the segregated, the wounded, the forgotten. As a delegate to the United Nations, she guided the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Eleanor Roosevelt – widely regarded as the most influential woman of the 20th Century – was, at times Humorous, self-effacing, inspirational, and visionary. Behind this public life is the story of a little girl who lost both parents before the age of ten, a debutante who felt trapped by society’s expectations, and a young wife who raised five children before emerging as one of America’s most significant women.
It is December 1942, and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt has just returned from England where she visited with soldiers, generals, royalty, and the working people. Find out how the First Lady feels about the individual’s role in a world torn by war, hardship, and uncertainty.
War is a controversial topic any day of the week. The stakes are higher if you have been working for world peace for over twenty years – ever since the end of the first World War, the “war to end all wars” – and your husband is the president of the United States while your country is embroiled in the largest war the planet has ever known.
What was Eleanor’s life was like being married to the man who helped reshape what it meant to be an American. How did she stay true to her ideals in the midst of war’s mayhem?