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Theater On the Trail

Saturdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016
8 PM at the National Frontier Trails Museum

The City of Independence is proud to present 'Frontiers' a theater on the trail experience. ‘Frontiers' has had numerous productions across America. It opened in Los Angeles in 1985 to rave reviews.

It is a story of triumphs and struggles; culled from the Lila Day Monroe Collection at the Kansas State Historical Society, the Rendle Family History and the Recollections of Essie Stallworth McGowin.

‘Frontiers' follows roughly 30 pioneer women in Missouri and Kansas and is a celebration their raw strength. A fever of westward expansion finds these women facing the challenges of life on the prairie. Their quiet power and tenacity as they battle, among other events: drought, grasshoppers, tornadoes, illness, and isolation, reveals them to possess a beguilingly human mixture of ferocity, humor, and resignation which is inspiring.

The show presents flesh-and-blood women through a series of monologues and sketches written by: Valery Daemke, Doreen Dunn, Kathleen Gaffney, and Nancy Sellin.

Performances of ‘Frontiers' will take place at the National Frontier Trails Museum. Admission is free. ‘Frontiers' last one hour and twenty minutes with a ten minute intermission.