Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. VanAnn Moore
Email vanannsings@msn.com
Phone 505/864-2038
Address 439 Aquina Ct.
Belen, NM  87002
Biographical Info VanAnn Moore is a Chautauqua performer and researcher who has brought a dozen historical characters alive for NMHC for over 14 years. She has performed internationally.
Program Title SOPRANOS AND SIX-SHOOTERS: Great Ladies of the Old Western Theatre
Character Name Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell
Program Description Everyone likes to be entertained, and early days in the old West was no exception! Early theatrical troupes featuring the actresses and singers of the day were always a welcome sight, especially in the mining towns and other places "out-in-the-sticks." Some of the earliest stars who braved the rugged traveling conditions in a stage coach or wagon over mountainous roads and high desert trails were Lillie Langtree, Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell, Lotta Crabtree, and the famous Lola Montez. Primitive conditions often greeted these talented women, and sometimes their audiences wore their six-shooters right into the theatres. In New Mexico there were numerous old Opera Houses in Cerrillos, Raton, Albuquerque, and Socorro. But anywhere a tent or school, saloon or stable could create a "make-shift place," you could have your entertainment. These famous women performers traveled everywhere to give their audiences excitement, diversion and charm that can only be re-imagined in this enticing performance by VanAnn Moore.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Art, Music and Dance
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
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