Phebe Emerson: Eyewitness to a Revolution

Type: Performance
Art Form: Storytelling|Theater
Grade Level: 3-12
Scheduling Request

Join Phebe Emerson on April 19, 1775 – the fateful day when the Redcoats marched into Concord from Lexington. Mrs. Emerson, the wife of Concord’s minister in 1775, witnessed the famous battle that took place on that day. Phebe brings a fresh perspective to this historical event, discusses how the townspeople felt about the American Revolution, and reviews the events leading up to it. The grandmother of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Phebe gives students a sense of daily life in Colonial America and provides an informational foundation for understanding the “flowering of New England” during the 19th century. Programs are tailored to the grade level and may be adjusted to meet your needs.

Note: Available live online thorugh your remote learning platform.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 80-160
Curriculum Connection: Women of American History, Storytelling, American Revolution, Colonial America

Remote single (small group): $340
Remote single (large group):

For SMALL groups (audiences up to 80):

Single Show: $425
Back-To-Back: $720
Three-In-A-Row: $1,020
Four-In-A-Row: $1,315

For LARGE groups (audiences 81-160):
Single Show: $675
Back-To-Back: $1,145
Three-In-A-Row: $1,620
Four-In-A-Row: $2,090

Travel fee: based upon mileage
Note: Prices may vary for weekends/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts


1 reserved parking space

A small private area (even a closet is ok) for changing and keeping personal belongings (not a bathroom)

Bottled water

Performance space:

A large classroom or library area with ample room for the artist to move freely in her bulky costumes is preferred to an auditorium.

Audience should be seated at the beginning of the performance in a horseshoe formation large enough to allow three people across the middle.

Elementary school students should be seated on the floor.

Because no sound system is used, please ensure that the space will allow for each student to hear.
Arrival before first performance: 20 minutes
Strike time: 5 minutes
Time needed between performances: 5 minutes
No more than two consecutive grade levels should be included in any performance.


Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

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