Two Rivers Chautauqua back with a ‘Western Voices’ theme

Nan Colton, a playwright, director, storyteller actress and arts educator from Florida, will portray Georgia O’Keeffe at Two Rivers Chautauqua set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18–19.



George Frein, a Missouri native who “grew up on Mark Twain,” will portray the well-known author at Two Rivers Chautauqua set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18–19.



Karen Vuranch, a Chautauqua scholar from West Virginia, at Two Rivers Chautauqua set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18–19.



Western voices from the past can be heard once more during the 12th annual presentation of Two Rivers Chautauqua.

Featured performers will depict and tell the stories of legendary personalities such as painter Georgia O’Keeffe and authors Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder. There will also be performances by Young Chautauquans and The Legendary Ladies, highlighting a handful of women who left their mark in Colorado’s history.

Two Rivers Chautauqua with the theme “Western Voices” will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18–19, at three locations: the Central Library, Colorado Mesa University Library and Avalon Theatre.

Karen Vuranch, a Chautauqua scholar from West Virginia, will portray Laura Ingalls Wilder.

George Frein, a Missouri native who “grew up on Mark Twain,” will portray the well-known author.

And Nan Colton, a playwright, director, storyteller actress and arts educator from Florida, will portray Georgia O’Keeffe.

The Young Chautauquan performances will feature Anthony Booth, a Grand Junction High School sophomore, stepping into the role of Richard M. Nixon, and Kaitlyn Burns, a Central High School senior, as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

“The Legendary Ladies: Straight Out of Colorado’s History” will offer portrayals of rancher and rustler Josie Bassett, Indian rights advocate Helen Hunt Jackson, first female professor at University of Colorado Mary Rippon and “America the Beautiful” lyric writer Katharine Lee Bates.

All presentations are open to the public.

Here are details about the scheduled performances for “Western Voices”:

■ Legendary Ladies at 10–11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries. There is no charge to attend.

■ Georgia O’Keeffe at 10–11 a.m. Friday at the Colorado Mesa University Library. There is no charge to attend.

■ Young Chautauquans, Georgia O’Keeffe and Laura Ingalls Wilder at 6:30–9 p.m. Friday at Avalon Theatre. Tickets cost $5 for adults and free for ages 13 and younger.

■ Morning Coffee With the Chautauquans at 9–10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library. There is no charge to attend.

■ Mark Twain, Young Chautauquans, Legendary Ladies, Georgia O’Keeffe and Laura Ingalls Wilder at 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Avalon Theater. There is no charge to attend.

■ Young Chautauquans, Legendary Ladies and Mark Twain at 6:30–9 p.m. Saturday at Avalon Theatre. Tickets cost $5 for adults and free for ages 13 and younger.

Tickets are available at the Avalon Theatre Box Office, by calling 970-812-1292, at monumentalevents.com and at the door.

Go to museumofwesternco.com or call 242-0971 for information about the performances.


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