September 09, 2009
Lion of the West – a MoHiP Theatre productionMissouri History in Performance (MoHiP) Theatre will present James Kirke Paulding’s Lion of the West, September 25 at Thespian Hall in Boonville. MoHiP Theatre is a reader’s theatre program of The State Historical Society of Missouri. The play is a lively, loud, and fast-moving farce complete with backwoods heroes, damsels in distress, and English snobbery. Popular musicians Cathy Barton and Dave Para start the evening with music of the period at 7:30 p.m., with Lion of the West immediately following.
Paulding wrote Lion of the West in 1831 and it was a hit from its first performances in St. Louis in 1832. The play won a competition for the best portrayal of an American character—the leading role in the play, Colonel Nimrod Wildfire, who was based on frontiersman and congressman David Crockett. Although the scripted performance went through many alterations and name changes over the years, the widespread popularity of Wildfire remained.
KBIA radio producer and announcer Darren Hellwege will play the role of Wildfire, and Columbia Daily Tribune managing editor Jim Robertson plays the nefarious fake English nobleman intent on marrying into a wealthy American family. He runs up against the upright Colonel Nimrod Wildfire, and sparks fly, amid duels, pistols and backwoods rifles.
Tickets will be sold at Thespian Hall the evening of the performance or may be reserved by calling (660) 882-7977. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children under twelve years of age.
This program is supported by The Friends of Historic Boonville, Santa Fe Trail Association and the University of Missouri Center for Arts & Humanities.
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