Saturday, April 27, 2013

Readers Theatre Celebrates Idaho's Sesquicentennial

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Idaho Territory, and NKA's Readers Theatre group performed songs and readings taken from journals and biographies of some of the original Idaho territory denizens. Officially organized on March 4, 1863, by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, the Idaho Territory existed until July 3, 1890, when the final extent of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Idaho.
This month's director was Jane Riley (above, far right). Readers included (from left) Audene Campbell, Jean Anderson, Linda Lindley, Ron Gill, Kay Brown, Carole Hagler, and Lois Wellard.
Other readers included (from left) Dawn Keller as Kitty Wilkins, Rosa Mena as Polly Bemis, Virginia Kelly reading The Legend of Molly B'Damn (Maggie Hall), Donna Jordahl as "Cowboy Joe," and Ann Adams as Jean Hazel.
The four voices of Emma Just (from left): Lucille Linford, Donna Tilley, Mary Anne Hoffmann, and Carol Nelson.

A special guest, author Jean Davidson, spoke about her book, Molly B'Damn: The Silver Dove of the Coeur d'Alenes, which is based on the experiences of Maggie Hall. Ms. Davidson writes under the pseudonym, "A. Jaydee."

The program concluded with everyone--including the audience--singing the State song, "Here We Have Idaho," accompanied by Linda Lindley on the keyboard.