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See also: Live Presentations for more details about these and other presenters portraying or presenting John Muir.

 

Lawrence Downing presents "John Muir and the United States National Park System". Lecture
A long-time Sierra Club Director and former President of the Club, Larry Downing presented a Lecture for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland, in October of 1992, and has been active in promoting Muir internationally. Contact: Larry Downing, 2400 Crest Lane Southwest, Rochester MN 55902. e-mail: lawrence.downing@sierraclub.org.

G. Thomson Fraser's play "Giants in the Wilderness" is based on the lives, letters, and writings of John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and Charles Sprague Sargent. The play focuses on how these three naturalists had divergent opinions on the best way to save America's forests. It was first produced by the Mont Wachusett Community College Drama Circle in May 1998 and subsequently toured as part of the Centennial Celebration of the Massachusetts State Forest and Park System. It is now available in published form in the book EcoTheater for the Global Village: Giants in the Wildernes by G. Thomson Fraser. For more info, see: http://ecotheaterfortheglobalvillage.com/

Frank Helling presents "The Scootcher of a Lifetime -- A visit with John Muir". Live Dramatic Performances.
Frank Helling brings Muir to life, as he tells the story of his life, with variations suitable for schools, universities, or environmental and civic groups. Contact: Frank E. Helling, 4028 N. Wilson, Fresno CA 93704. Telephone: (209) 224-6857 or (209) 645-1122. E-mail: pag25@csufresno.edu

Barbara Lechelt presents "John Muir" Live narrated Slide Program.
Barbara Lechelt illustrates Muir's life with outstanding slides from Dunbar Scotland, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Florida, California's foothills and high Sierra, Muir's Martinez home, and Alaska glaciers and mountains. Contact: Barbara Lechelt, 76 Angela Ave., San Anselmo CA 94960.

Stephen Most's play “Forces of Nature” is a play commissioned by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association celebrating Gifford Pinchot and John Muir. The plot of the play follows Pinchot and Muir as they exchange views on conservation and speak with President Roosevelt about conserving land. The conflict between conserving natural resources for human use and preserving nature from human interference came to a head over the issue of whether to dam the Hetch Hetchy Valley to provide power and light for San Francisco. The play premiered on November 9, 2007 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT, as a staged reading directed by Michael Wilson, in which James Naughton played John Muir, John Benjamin Hickey played Gifford Pinchot, and Brian Denneny was Theodore Roosevelt. It has been performed since then elsewhere in New England. For example, on May 1, 2010, it was performed at Holcomb Farm in Granby, CT. According to press reports quoting Holcomb Farm Learning Center Executive Director Jim Lofink, on May 1, 2010, the play was performed in a historic hayloft, with a potluck dinner held beforehand. A projection system broadcast historical images behind the performers to help set the scenes. “It put that all in a context in this wonderful 3000 square foot open historical structure,” said Lofink. “The ambiance was much aligned with the context.” Playwright Stephen Most is an author, playwright, and documentary scriptwriter, including writing the script for "The Greatest Good," a history of the U.S. Forest Service. He is currently writing a film about Aldo Leopold.

Gerald Pelrine presents "The Tale of Stickeen"
Wisconsin actor, singer, and puppeteer Gerald Pelrine presents a dramatic presentation of the classic story of "Stickeen" - the "wee dog" who survived a nearly-disastrous adventure on an Alaskan glacier with John Muir. Click on title link for photo and description. Contact: Gerald Pelrine, 302 South Highland Road, Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234, Tel: 920-854-1898, email: gpelrine@yahoo.com

Elizabeth Pomeroy presents "John Muir in Southern California". Informal Lecture with Slides.
Elizabeth Pomeroy discusses John Muir's friendship and activities in the Southland from his first visit in 1877 to his death in Los Angeles in 1914, including his ties with Charles Lummis, T.F. Lukens, A.C. Vroman, John Burroughs, and others. Contact: Elizabeth Pomeroy, 2111 E. Mountain St., Pasadena, CA 91104. Telephone: (818) 791-7660. E-mail: EWPomeroy@aol.com

Nancy Robichaud's musical play, "The Wild Adventures of John Muir" premiered June 5, 2010 in an outdoor theater at Big Creek Meadow Ranch in Groveland California, as part of the "John Muir Festival" celebrating the dedication of the new John Muir Highway in Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties in California near Yosemite. Written and Directed by Nancy Robichaud, Music by Ann Schafer, Produced by Yosemite Playhouse. In the premiere, playing John Muir was Luke Sullivan, Teddy Roosevelt was portrayed by Kris Corey, and Michael Rhodes played Chase, a young boy who discovers how to complete his homework assignment, a report about John Muir. A Tenaya Elementary School chorus assisted with songs and dancing to add to the production.

Donnell Rubay - Author of Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog
Donnell Rubay gives school presentations about the life and work of John Muir, as well as explaining the writing and publishing of a picture book. Contact: Donnell Rubay, 175 West H Street, Benicia, CA 94510, Tel: 707-746-6193

Dr. Richard E. Shore presents "John Muir: A Thousand-Mile Journey." Live Dramatic Performances.
Dr. Shore brings Muir to life again by recounting his adventurous life, and then segueing into how Muir might feel about today's environmental problems, from global warming to deforestation. Not a merely a historical presentation, this is a hard-biting environmental polemic, enjoyable for young and old alike. Click on title link for photo and description. Contact: Dr. Richard Shore, 795 Whippoorwill Rd, Battletown KY 40104. Telephone: (502) 496-4187. E-mail: dickshore@earthlink.net

Lee Stetson Presents "An Evening with a Tramp." Live Dramatic Performances.
Lee Stetson performs in Yosemite during the summer, and travels around the United States and the world during the winter with his outstanding presentations. Click on title link for photo and description. Contact: Lee Stetson's Wild Productions , Box 93, Midpines, CA 95345 Telephone: (209) 742-7838. e-mail: leestetson@sierratel.com

Ginger Wadsworth - Author of "John Muir, Wilderness Protector
Ginger Wadsworth gives school presentations from K through 8th grade. In addition to John Muir, she has written children's biographies of Rachel Carson, John Burroughs, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Susan Butcher, plus books on Giant Sequoia, Desert Discoveries, Tigers, and other natural science topics. Contact: Ginger Wadsworth, 2 Fleetwood Court, Orinda, CA 94563, Phone: (925) 254-8077, Fax: (925) 254-8069, E-mail: plumepal@aol.com, Website: www.gingerwadsworth.com

Graham White - Scotland's foremost exponent of John Muir. Available for a variety of talks about John Muir, and most crucially, his importance as inspiration for the global need for environmental protection.

Willow Theatre's Mountain Days: The John Muir Musical. This play presents the entire exciting life story of John Muir in a Broadway-style musical, which played for several seasons after its premiere in October, 2000 in Concord and Martinez, California. The musical is based on a concept by director Richard Elliott, of the Willows Theatre Company of Concord, California. With an original score by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler and lyrics by Tony-nominated playwright Mary Bracken Phillips, Mountain Days boasted a cast of 80 performers, 28 symphony musicians and a 50 person chorus.

Harold Wood - Webmaster & Coordinator of Sierra Club John Muir Education Team - Available as a public speaker on John Muir generally, including illustrated presentations about John Muir. Featured preentations include: "John Muir's Continuing Inspiration," "John Muir Around the World," "John Muir and the Animal Kingdom," and "John Muir in India." He is also available for workshops to discuss the John Muir in education (including the John Muir Study Guide and History Day), John Muir in general, or other Muir-related topics such as the California State Quarter. Contact: harold.wood@sierraclub.org .

Other presenters about John Muir include Erik Brynildson , Fountain Lake Farm, Rt. 1, Box 59, Montello, WI 53949; Chris Dempsey (contact Kings Canyon National Park); Ron Limbaugh (former Director of John Muir Center, University of the Pacific) Ed Nelson presents "John Muir" in live performances geared for classrooms in southern California. For information, contact: Ed Nelson, Telephone: (909) 799-7407; and Steve Pauly (contact John Muir National Historic Site.) or e-mail: s_pauly@yahoo.com

See also Audiocassettes section of Bibliography and John Muir Tribute CD for more lecturers on John Muir. [up to table of contents]

 


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