2017 Chautauquans: The Legendary Ladies ~ Katharine Lee Bates

Thanks to a mother who valued education, Katharine Lee Bates grew up loving words and knowledge. She became a professor of literature at her alma mater, Wellesley College, and a prolific writer. In her quest for knowledge, she traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East. But it was her Grand Tour of America in 1893 that eventually sealed her name in the hearts of Americans. During her trip from the civilized East to the enchanting West, she was awed by America. The inspiration of its cities’ industry and the beauty of its wide-open spaces were so noteworthy that Katharine was moved to write a poem, the words of which later became the lyrics of the song, “America the Beautiful.” In spite of the celebrity that Katharine enjoyed as the song gained in popularity, she continued teaching literature to young women and encouraging them to develop a social conscience by helping the poor.





Kyle Neidt

Kyle Neidt as Katharine Lee Bates

Dr. Kyle Neidt has been an educator most of her adult life, teaching middle school through college and, for the past twelve years, advising students in the theatre, dance, English, and film departments at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Before joining The Legendary Ladies in 1997, she performed both in community and children’s theatre productions in Germany and California. However, Kyle finds the creative process involved in researching and performing real women especially rewarding. In addition to Katharine Lee Bates, she brings to life actress Lillian Russell, rodeo arena star Prairie Rose Henderson, and playwright Mary Chase.



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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