One Woman Shows

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Take a journey with Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Carter, former first lady, from childhood up to her present days and  project:  The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail in this hour long one-woman show.  Rosalynn’s journeys have taken her from Plains to the Georgia Governor’s Mansion to the White House to the Carter Center to places around the world.  Described by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show as “just plain good,”  learn more about this highly intelligent, caring and caregiving, multi-faceted woman whose life and projects to serve for the betterment of us all, are never ending. With music, narratives, and costumes.  Can be performed in intimate settings as well as on the stage.  Premiered October, 2015 at the Plains, GA Chataqua for the Carters.

montessori2NEW!  MARIA MONTESSORI:  MAMMOLINA FOR PEACE with Cathy Kaemmerlen
Book a visit with Maria Montessori, known affectionately as Mammolina, the creator and founder of the Montessori schools.  Using events from Dr. Montessori’s life, including her struggles to become Italy’s first woman doctor and to establishing her own schools using her own methods, Maria Montessori comes to life.  Throughout the program, biographical information as well as stories are incorporated that exemplify her techniques of caring, mediation, showing mutual respect, and having a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.  Adapting the show’s length and content to different age groups, Cathy Kaemmerlen brings Maria Montessori to life.

“Cathy Kaemmerlen truly exemplified the spirit of Maria Montessori…She knew how to engage the students, from the Toddler classes through the Adolescent class.  I’ve never seen the children ‘love’someone so quickly!”
Melanie Montanaro, Montessori School of Rom

Ecology / Earth Day
A one woman portrayal of marine biologist/ecologist/writer Rachel Carson, immediately after publication of her controversial book, SILENT SPRING, which served as a warning of the dangers of unlimited uses of the pesticide DDT. This 45 minute program is a tribute to the woman credited as the first “ecologist” of note, to her spirit and love for the natural world. In between biographical segments, are sense of wonder segments, designed to make us take a look at some of the wonders that surround us. For elementary grades with emphasis on developing a sense of wonder and a caring love for our precious environment. Perfect for earth day celebrations. Character Traits utilized: courage, citizenship, honesty, respect for others, self-respect, compassion, diligence, respect for environment, respect for creator, patience, perseverance, virtue Third grade PSA science component: “The student will recognize the effects of pollution on humans and the environment. The student will identify ways to protect the environment.”

“The presentation of RACHEL CARSON: A SENSE OF WONDER was marvelous–it epitomized the Chautauqua experience. She is such a professional.” — Judi Snyder, Branch Manager, Blake Library, Stuart, FL

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Meet Abigail Adams, wife of second president John Adams and hear first hand of her age-old problems dealing with the press, family, politics, and an often absent husband. Hear first hand what it’s like to meet the royal family, the scoop on Dolley Madison, what it’s like to set the new protocol for the very first first families. Abigail, who does not believe in doom and gloom (“I believe the humorous philosopher to be a more successful one than the scolding one,”) deals with life with humor, wit, intelligence (“John doesn’t mind that I’m smarter than he is.)” Truly one of our founding mothers (“John, I desire you would remember the ladies.”) And one who experienced one of the great loves of all times, (“John and I were two hearts cast from the same mould.”) Learn about the legacy Abigail Adams has left us. Premiered in connection with the Carter Center’s touring exhibit of the First Ladies, the show was called “a triumph… funny and touching all at the same time.” — Laura Bendoly, Carter Center

Wife, mother, newspaper columnist, speaker, UN Ambassador, human rights activist, and first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt emerged from her shell as a shy, ugly duckling to become one of our most popular and famous first ladies–a woman who made a difference. She was our first “working first lady” and a champion for those less fortunate. For third (emphasis on Eleanor, human rights activist) and fifth grades (emphasis on Eleanor and the Depression and World Depression and World War II.

The true story of Scynthia Catherine Stewart of New Manchester, Georgia, during and immediately after the Civil War. Scynthia, as well as others in the mill town, was charged with treason against the United States government for making cloth for the Confederate New Manchester Girl: Scynthia Catherine Stewartcause. After the Yankee soldiers burned the textile mill, she was sent to Louisville, Kentucky, along with her mother and siblings, as prisoners of war. There they were miraculously reunited with their father. After the war, they returned home to their ghost town to find wild strawberries, their manna from heaven that helped them survive that first post-war year.

“For 45 minutes I listened spellbound at the beautiful tale you crafted about Scynthia Catherine. It brought to life portions of the book I put my heart into about five years ago.” — Ruth Beaumont Cook, author of NORTH ACROSS THE RIVER: the Civil War Trail of Tears

Pilgrim Courage: From Mayflower to First HarvestPILGRIM COURAGE: FROM MAYFLOWER TO FIRST HARVEST
Follow the story of the courageous pilgrim voyage of 1620 from England to the New World, continuing through the first year at Plimouth Colony, as told through the eyes of Mary Allerton, 4 years old at the time of the pilgrimage and the last living survivor of the Mayflower voyage. Hear first hand what it was like to spend 65 days at sea; the struggle to start a new settlement and survive the first winter; the impact of the Mayflower Compact; making peace with area Indians; and the first harvest feast. Performed as a first person narrative, in authentic period costuming: “One small candle may light a thousand … out of small beginnings greater things have been produced.”


A 45 minute program to celebrate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the contributions that Sacajawea made to the expedition that opened the Northwest Passage.  Through costume, props, visual aids, the audience will use their imaginations to aid them through this 18 month expedition that covered 11 states and thousands of miles by land and sea.  With smaller audiences, Sacajawea invites the audience to sit on “listening blankets” to hear stories about her trip and allegories (teaching stories) that she told her infant son, Pomp, who accompanied her on the journey.  Some stories included:  the silver tipped grizzly bear, overturned pirogue, near fatal flash flood, the Buffalo jump, reunion with her native trip the Shoshones, bartering for horses, and many others.  Ideally designed for audiences of 100 or less, for first and fourth grade curriculums.
Character traits utilized:  courage, honesty, respect for others, respect for environment, loyalty, perserverence, patience
GPS: SS4H6a&c; SS1H1a&b; SS1CG1

Susan B. AnthonySUSAN B. ANTHONY
Learn about the struggles for American women to gain the right to vote, led by Susan B. Anthony, who spent her life devoted to this cause. Among her many struggles and achievements was her arrest in 1872 for voting in the presidential election and challenging the 13th,14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution. Travelling cross country, she made thousands of fiery speeches to garner support for women’s rights. For her failure was impossible. Tens of thousands of mourners attended her funeral and called her “The Mother of Us All.” This 45 minute program offers lots of audience participation and is a direct tie-in with third grade Georgia Performance standards for social studies: SS3H2.

VOTES FOR WOMEN! “Thank you for cming to my school. It was excellent! I recommend for you to go to every elementary school that is learning about Susan B. Anthony.” 3rd grade student, Puckett’s Mill Elementary

Turn Homeward, Hannalee

First in the series of one-woman shows by Cathy Kaemmerlen, Hannalee is a dramatic presentation of the plight of one of the 400 Roswell Mill workers who were arrested under orders of General William Tecumseh Sherman in July of 1964, charged with treason for making cloth for the Confederate States of America, and shipped to Louisville, KY to live in refugee warehouses, until work as servants, farmhands, or mill workers could be found. The one woman play is based on the historical fiction juvenile novel by Patricia Beatty. The play documents the horrors and realities of war, particularly civil war; family devotion, love, and perseverance, that can provide strength in times that are “hilly, bumpy, and stumpy;” and it portrays the good and bad characteristics of both sides who fought in the Civil War.


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