2011 Tour

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 We Came This Way

A Journey Along The Black Walnut Trail

 

FIRST PLAY

THE DECISION 

Playwright: Liz Benneian

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania was a comfortable home for many years to the German settlers. However, by 1799 many were thinking that this was no longer the place for them. New land and prospects beckoned along the Black Walnut Trail into Canada, but pulling up deep roots and leaving all you know behind is not as easy or as exciting as it may seem, particularly when it comes to leaving possessions and loved ones behind.

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 CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

                                      Jake Culp                                         Alex Voortman

                                      Polly Fultz                                            Katie Sargent

                                      Mary Elizabeth Overholt           Katarina Naccarato

                                      Susannah Overholt                       Caroline Hansen

                                      Magdalena Haun                           Katherine Cooke

                                      Mercy Culp                                           Sharon Fecik

                                      Sarah Culp                                      Bailee Malivoire

                                       Agnes Honsberger                                Sylvia Prins

 

GREETERS/GUIDES - Anita Gray and

Lee-Anne Facey-Crowther

  

SECOND PLAY

 DRAWING LOTS

 Playwright: Sheila Laundry

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One of the first things the new settlers wanted was a minister. After the old community in Pennsylvania refused to send one, the new community decided to use a tried and true method of choosing a minister of their own. Not everyone was thrilled by the idea. 

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CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

                                      Magdalena Moyer                          Margaret Daley

                                      Anna Kratz                                          Betsy Tauro

                                      Sarah Hipple                                Sarah Bradshaw

                                      Mary Fretz                                   Jennifer Connors

                                      Jacob Moyer                                     Steve deBoer

                                      John Fretz                                             Chris Lepp

                                      Dilman Moyer                                  Brian Rintjema

                                      Valentine Kratz                                     Terry Kotwa

                                                 GREETER/GUIDE - Joan Edwards 

 

THIRD PLAY

 THE SINGING SCHOOL

 Playwright: Marilyn Bellfontaine

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The first Samuel Moyer to come to this area was also the first school master and choir director. School was a strict affair, so the evening singing school times, created to teach the young people to sing well in church, doubled as a social life for the young people, especially the teens. Of course that was if they could avoid the all-seeing eye of the teacher.

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 CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

                                           Samuel Moyer                            Mike Jenken

                                            Isaac Hoch                                Andrew Fecik

                                            Barbara Hunsberger     Chelsea Stevenson

                                            Elizabeth Hunsberger                     Aly Kotwa

                                            Samuel Housser                            Kyle Reilly

     

THE STUDENTS

  Megan Babiski    Sophie Chouinard    Mitchell Csermak

  Annalisa Cripps      Danielle Cripps        Kaelyn Daniels

Kenwyn Fecik     Angela Paul     Adrian Thomas

Amanda Rintjema     Sarah Rintjema   Jenn Yurkiw

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       GREETER/GUIDE - Christina Hannus        

FOURTH PLAY 

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STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND 

Playwright: John van der Beek

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After many hardships, not the least of which was the isolation caused by harsh winters, it was always a relief when spring came and travel between communities could resume. Some took the difficulties of their new life in stride, while others… well, come and hear for yourself.

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CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

                                             Elizabeth Fry                           Jennifer Toews

                                             Esther Wismer                        Jeannette Heil

                                             Henry Fry                                Derek Malivoire

                                             Jacob Fry                                 Mark Miszturak

                                             John Wismer                            Rick Voortman

                                             Joseph Sherk                              George Prins

                                             David Moyer                                 Calvin Quirk

                                             Sam Moyer                                      Ben Cipryk

                                             Mary Fry                                    Lindsay Cooke

GREETERS/GUIDES - Val O'Reilly and Wendy Quirk

 

THE STORY TELLER

On the Conestoga Wagons

Playwright: Katherine Albers

 

TOUR 1

    Opa           Jens Hansen

                                                         Jesse         Liam Hansen

 

TOUR 2

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       Opa          Bruce Wallace

                                                          Jesse       Rachel Barich

 

TOUR 3

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         Opa          Ken Southward

                                                           Jesse      Emma Campeo

 

TOUR 4

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           Opa                Mike Cipryk

                                                           Jesse              Elaina Mohr

 

TOUR 5

             Opa                    Rob Murre

                                                           Jesse     Samantha Cooke

BUS MONITORS - Margaret Andrewes, Mike Flus,

Brenda Kell-Kotwa, Sheila Laundry and John van der Beek

 Sound provided by Soundbox Productions


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