Musical. Book by Susan Baer Beck. Music by Jonathan D. Cole.
Cast: 4m., 5w., additional child actors optional. Conestoga Stories is taken directly from the letters of men and women who lived the years of 1865 to 1895. This play features the adventures, daily life, storms and trials of real people. It is a genuine theatrical piece of Americana, illuminated by music. Susan Baer Beck dramatizes the greatest migration in recorded history: the pioneer westward movement. We follow Doc, Clarity, Sam, Elizabeth, Mother, Agnes, Frankie, Millie, Sweetpea and Caroline as they head west on the Oregon Trail. Violent thunderstorms and disease confront them. They stake a claim in Nebraska Territory, land of the Omaha, Arika, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Sioux, Ponca, Kiowa and Arapahoe. A spirit of cooperation develops as all survive hardships of storm, pestilence and blizzards. They gain respect for nature and one another in a moving saga of real people. Unit set representing a Conestoga wagon. Props and lighting suggest other locales. Period costumes. Approximate running time: 75 minutes.