A Musical For the Ages!

What’s it all about?

This brand new musical is all about the struggle for women’s right to vote in Oregon back in the early 1900’s.

This 42-minute musical, written and directed by Umpqua Community College Professor of Music Dr. Jason Heald, features two actors and a pianist. The musical encompasses history and advocacy pertaining to women gaining the right to vote particularly in Oregon, and then other states. Abigail Scott Duniway 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, 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 is sponsoring this creative and educational endeavor with help 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 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. We are now discussing holding such an event with actors, singers and musicians outdoors in the Fall of 2021.

Links

Here’s a short trailer of the musical video.

Enjoy the musical as a video here.

Reach out to us and let us know 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.