2017 Chautauquans: The Legendary Ladies ~ Announcer

The Legendary Ladies, Inc., a non-profit, educational performance organization, celebrated 25 years of living history in 2017. Originally named “The Shady Ladies of Central City,” members voted for a name change to The Legendary Ladies and focused more on historical performance. The group is comprised of about 18 women of all ages who not only portray over 40 characters, but also volunteer their time for research, script writing, rehearsal, and costume creation. In the program, “Unconventional Women of the West,” an announcer introduces four to six characters, depending on show length. Then, these featured individuals come alive via historically accurate monologues, each about 7-8 minutes long. By providing several vignettes during a single performance, audiences learn about a variety of extraordinary ladies and are often inspired to read more about them.  The Legendary Ladies—Making History Come Alive!


Joyce Nelson-Announcer

Joyce Nelson has performed in libraries, museums, and schools around Colorado as a 20-year member of The Legendary Ladies, Inc., an educational, non-profit performance organization. Passionate about women’s history, her in-depth research and first-person portrayal of five western women help bring their stories to life. Her characters include: the extraordinary Colorado physician, Dr. Susan Anderson; tempestuous entertainer, Lola Montez; notable author, Anne Ellis; pivotal police officer, Alice Stebbins Wells; and vegetarian utopian colonist, Miriam Davis Colt. Joyce has served in several positions with The Legendary Ladies, including her current job as Program Coordinator. Retired from law enforcement, Joyce is an avid hiker, Jefferson County Open Space volunteer, and book lover who is devoted to her husband, Bob.


Don’t miss The Legendary Ladies’ Straight Out of Colorado’s History, a Community Presentation, Friday, August 18 at 10 am, Mesa County Libraries, Main Branch. Community Presentations are FREE and open to the public. More information here.

The Legendary Ladies will also present Saturday, August 19 at 12:30 pm and 7 pm at The Avalon Theatre. 

All Saturday daytime presentations are FREE and open to the public.

Evening performances:

$5 for Adults; Free for children 13 years and younger

$20 for family pass up to 6 people

Ticket Sales: 
Avalon Theatre Box Office: 12-8pm, Monday-Friday
Online here
Phone: (970) 812-1292
Also Available at the Door


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