Kate Campbell Stevenson will perform three shows on Saturday at Boulder Creek High School. The last performance, “Petticoats to Power Suits,” begins at 7:30 p.m. and highlights the lives of Abigail Adams, Alice Paul, Rose Crabtree, Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson.
ProMusica show celebrates historic women
MARC BUCKHOUT ~ MANAGING EDITOR~ 8/22/2012
Women’s Equality Day is on Sunday, a day celebrating the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote upon its passage on Aug. 26, 1920.
Kate Campbell Stevenson will have a trio of performances on Saturday, including the finale, “Petticoats to Power Suits” at 7:30 p.m. at Boulder Creek Performing Arts Center.
In her one-woman musical Campbell Stevenson will highlight the lives of Abigail Adams, Alice Paul, Rose Crabtree, Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson.
“I think it’s important to know where we came from so we can move forward,” she said. “This show helps educate, entertain and motivate.”
Since women earned the right to vote Campbell Stevenson said she thinks there has been a, ‘nonchalant naivety’ about the struggle of women.
“I think it was a cultural dampening down,” she said. “I think once women won the vote they thought things would be hunky dory. What we need to do is to educate the young people, actually all people, on the sacrifices of women to win the vote.”
During her one-woman performance Stevenson said she goes back and forth between the characters.
“I become these women,” she said. “I bring to life really important pinnacle moments where these women have an ah-ha moment and decide they can make a difference. Those are the moments where the audience can become inspired.”
Campbell Stephens hopes the show she has been performing for the better part of 16 years moves the country’s youth to action. She has done her show all over the country, performing at everything from Town Halls to schools, universities up to military bases, the Pentagon and the Oval Office.
“We live in a tremendous country, but being in the U.S. we have an obligation to participate,” she said. “That’s what it is all about. We need women and young girls to understand that we have voices that need to be heard.”
Following a 70 minute performance there will be an intermission before Campbell Stephens returns to the stage with a panel of Arizona women leaders from the worlds of education, the military, business and government. The group will discuss the changing roles for women as American culture moves toward a more equitable shared leadership with men and women.
Campbell Stephens notes although 51 percent of the population are women only 17 percent are in the legislature, saying women need to do better and offer more in the way of leadership.
“This isn’t anti men,” she said. “Any forward thinking man would understand that shared leadership is the best way to go forward.”
The show will kickoff ProMusica Arizona’s 10th anniversary season. Tickets range from $25 – 75. The $75 ticket includes a post-concert reception with the performer and distinguished panelists at a private home in Anthem Country Club.
For information on Campbell Stevenson, who will also have two shows earlier in the day Saturday, go to katecampbellstevenson.com.
All three shows will be at Boulder Creek Performing Arts Center, located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. For tickets and information go to pmaz.org or call 623-889-7144.