A Musical For the Ages!

What’s it all about?

Created locally right here in Douglas County, Oregon, this brand new musical is all about the struggle for women’s right to vote in Oregon back in the early 1900’s.

The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley is proud to announce this 42-minute musical, written and directed by Dr. Jason Heald, Umpqua Community College Professor of Music, featuring two actors and a pianist. The musical encompasses the history of advocacy pertaining to women gaining the right to vote particularly in Oregon, and then other states. Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915) was a nationally known leader of the early woman’s movement , a lecturer, organizer, writer and newspaper owner/editor of The New Northwest and devoted 40 years to women’s rights. As a newspaper editor, Abigail wrote about social issues, such topics as voting rights, daycare, equal pay and equal protections. Harvey Scott (1838-1910), Abigail’s younger brother, was a long-time Editor-in-Chief of The Oregonian at a time when Oregon women were working to gain suffrage.  He was a dominant editorial voice in the Northwest for 40 years wherein he monitored politics and advised voters how to vote. Harvey’s opinions differed greatly from Abigail’s and they frequently found themselves at opposite ends of an issue. 

The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley sponsors this creative and educational endeavor with help and expertise from Dr. Jason Heald, the actors and musicians, and League members, who generously provided funds for the development of and outreach for the musical. Thanks go out to all!

The Plan

We had hoped to offer this event in schools and theaters and then the COVID-19 pandemic happened. Now we have a new plan to offer this curriculum to primary and secondary school teachers to show the video in their classrooms or to attend an event in-person sometime in the near future. Our members are now discussing holding such an event with actors, singers and musicians outdoors in the Fall of 2021 and beyond.

If you find this interesting and would like to help spread the word, or if you are willing to have a video showing in your classroom setting or a live production in your back yard or on your stage — > Email us at info@lwvuv.org!

Links

  • Here’s a short trailer of the musical video.
  • Enjoy the musical as a video here.
  • Flyer to download & print.