LEAD ROLES: DANIEL MELENCAMP, ABIGAIL ADAMS, KATHERINE WRIGHT, SALLY SHAW, BILLY SHAW, ORVILLE WRIGHT, WILBUR WRIGHT, ROBERT SWARTZ, THOMAS STITZ, WILLIAM BRADFORD, SQUANTO, JOHN SAGER, MARTHA WASHINGTON, REV. MITCHELL, MRS. EADS, ELIZABETH HOPKINS AND THE LETTER READERS.CAST OF PICNIC CHARACTERS:DANIEL MELENCAMP: An older gentleman who acts as a town leader and community spokesperson. Wise and good with kids. This character has the most lines.
CHAD, CYNTHIA, MEGAN, AUTUMN, ANGELA, ABBY, JULIE AND TIFFANY: Young children who gather to learn about freedom.
CAST OF PILGRIM CHARACTERS:
WILLIAM BRADFORD: One of the leaders of the pilgrim colony at Plymouth. A historical figure with lines imagined.
SQUANTO: An Indian who became friends with the pilgrims because of his English and helped them through the first winter. A historical figure with lines imagined.
ELIZABETH HOPKINS: One of the pilgrim women who attended “The First Thanksgiving”.
PRISCILLA MULLINS: 19 year old girl in the village.
DESIRE MINTER: 20 years old and in poor health.
STEPHEN HOPKINS: Elizabeth’s husband.
CONSTANCE HOPKINS: Their 13 year old daughter.
GILES HOPKINS: Their young son.
RICHARD WARREN: A single man in the village.
CAST OF PATRIOT CHARACTERS:
ABIGAIL ADAMS: Wife of future president John Adams. Historical figure with lines imagined. Reads from actual letter written by her husband to her.
MARTHA WASHINGTON: Wife of the head of the army and future first president, George Washington. Historical figure with lines imagined.
HESTER: Fictional colonial woman.
WINIFRED: Fictional colonial woman, wife of a loyalist.
TEMPERANCE: Hester’s daughter.
PRUDENCE: Hester’s daughter.
SERVANT: Could be male or female.
CAST OF PIONEER CHARACTERS: (all real people)
SALLY SHAW: A kindly pioneer woman on the wagon train
BILLY SHAW: Sally’s husband and captain of the wagon train.
JOHN SAGER: A 14 year old orphan who looks and acts 16.
MRS. EADS: A pioneer woman who took care of the Sager baby.
DOCTOR DAGON: A German doctor who speaks broken English. Should have strong German accent.
CATHERINE SAGER: John’s 9 year old sister.
FRANK SAGER: The 12 year old brother.
ELIZABETH SAGER: Around 7 or 8.
MATILDA SAGER: Around 5 or 6.
LOUISA SAGER: Around 4.
CAST OF CHARACTERS FOR PILOTS SCENE:
KATHERINE WRIGHT: The younger sister of the Wright Brothers.
ORVILLE WRIGHT: Historical figure of first powered flight.
WILBUR WRIGHT: Historical figure of first powered flight.
SUSANNE: Fictional character
PAULINE: Fictional character
CHARLES: Fictional character
INVENTORS: 14 walk-on parts with mostly just one line each.
CAST OF PRISONERS OF WAR CHARACTERS:
2ND LT. ROBERT R. SWARTZ: A real prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 1 in Germany during WW2.
THOMAS STITZ: Another prisoner. Lines imagined.
FIRST WOMAN AND SECOND WOMAN: Reading a letter from Swartz taken from his actual writings.
REV. H.A.M. MITCHELL: Tall Presbyterian minister from New Zealand. Taken from his actual sermon notes.
Mrs. Eads, vat are de children doing? Vy do day stay in dat vagon?
They are having a family meeting. John is trying so hard to keep them together and he is trying to comfort the younger ones. He is becoming quite the young man. This is making him grow up very fast. What is he, 16?
He’s 13! Oh…maybe he turned 14 recently.
Is that all? Oh my! Well, he looks 16 and he acts like he’s 20!
But he’s a kid! Dat boy cannot be fodder to dose kids! I say ve take dem to de mission. Maybe de gut doctor dere vill take dem all. He has a vife I hear.
I don’t care how good they are… no one will want all seven! I am growing very attached to this little one. I would not mind keeping her. I’m sure that will be a burden lifted off of their shoulders.
Have you said anything to John about that?
Right now, John would not agree to that. He thinks they can manage it somehow. But that is just not realistic. I know his mother told him on her death bed that he should keep the children together… but we have to be realistic. This is a new land. Life is different now. We have to make new rules.
And we need to convince them that we have their best interest in mind and help them arrive at the best solutions.
Do you think that the Whitman mission is the best place for them? I know many families in our train who are willing to take one of the children.
If the Whitmans will take them… then they can stay together. That would be the best thing. John is determined that they will stay together.
Well… here they come now.
I think I need to get little Henrietta to sleep. (Exit)
John, Frank, Catherine (using a stick crutch), Elizabeth, Matilda and Louisa enter.
How are you kids doing?
We are fine. We’ve been talking about our family.
That’s good, John. We want you to know that we are here to help.
Kids…why don’t you all come and gather around Uncle Billy and Aunt Sally and we can talk. Hannah Louise…you can sit on my lap.
John thinks he is our papa now.
Mamma said that I have to take care of all of you and keep us all together!
And you are doing a fine job of that, John. Your ma and pa would be so proud.
Uncle Billy…I need to talk to you about the mission. You said that you could take us there.
John, I think that is the best thing. We are still a few weeks away from getting there. We have to cross the Blue Mountains. When we get closer, I will ride on ahead and make sure that they can take you.
It’s only for awhile, till we can get some land and build a house, and then Frank and I will take our sisters and go and live there.
Oh, John. You can’t be by yourselves! That just can’t be the best thing!
We’ve talked about it, Aunt Sally, and that is what we decided.
John and I are both good hunters and we both can shoot.
Those little girls need a mother
I will be their mother.
Well, that doesn’t have to be decided now, John. You get to the mission and see how you like it there. The Whitmans will be like parents to you, and that will be something that you need. They are good people. Good God fearin’ folks and you can get raised up good, livin’ with them.
Aunt Sally? Can’t we just live with you and Uncle Billy?
I wish you could, Matilda.
Mattie… we talked about this!
I don’t want to go to the mission!
Matilda honey…I think you will like it there. You need to give it a chance. They have a place where you can run and play and you won’t have to ride in a wagon anymore. And there are other children there.
There are other children there?
I believe the Whitmans take care of other children that have come on the trail. Some have lost their parents like you kids, and some are just waiting for their new homes to be built in Oregon.
Besides…your pa told me that he wanted us to take you there if anything happened to him.
You see? We’re doing the right thing. It’s what pa wanted!
John, we need to talk about your wagon. It’s just going to be too heavy to get across the Snake River and the Blue Mountains.
What do we have to do?
I’m afraid you will have to leave a lot of your folks’ things behind. We’ve all had to do it. In fact, we are going to have to cut your wagon down and make it smaller. More like a cart.
That sounds like a lot of work.
Ve vill help you wit dat, John. Don’t you vorry ‘bout it none.
Thank you Dr. Dagon. We’re glad for the help even if John doesn’t say it.
We have to leave Momma’s things here?
We’ve all had to leave things, sweetie. It’s the way it is. You probably won’t need those things at the mission anyway.
It’s getting late everybody. We should all be getting to bed.
Would Louisa like to sleep in our wagon tonight?
We’re gonna stay together.
John, I only meant for tonight.
She’ll be okay with us. Thanks anyway Aunt Sally.
Well, okay then. Good night, children. Come on Billy. (They exit)