Kishwaukee College will welcome actress Pippa White to campus for two performances on April 11. At 12:30 p.m., White will perform “As Far As the Eye Can See” and at 7 p.m. she will perform “The Story of the Orphan Train.” Both shows will be in Jenkins Auditorium at Kishwaukee College and are free and open to the public.
Pippa White is no stranger to Kishwaukee College. She performed “Voices from Ellis Island” and “Voices from the Resistance” at the college in the past to standing room only audiences. After a successful career in theater and television, White drew on her experience, talent and gift for replicating nuances of accent and inflection to form One’s Company Productions in 1994. One’s Company Productions allows her to combine theater, storytelling and history.
She travels the United States with her one-woman performances. Each show is crafted by White from the letters, diaries and memoirs of real people who witnessed and lived history. With a few simple props and changes in physical presentation and voice, Pippa White makes history come alive with drama and poignancy in the words of ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary places and times.
“As Far As the Eye Can See” will take the audience to the American Prairie and the vivid but quiet courage of the people who settled it and called it home. From the earliest pioneers through the Dust Bowl and the Native Americans who saw the transformation of the land they called home, White brings the prairie and all its people to life.
“The Story of the Orphan Train” addresses a little known piece of American history: the transport of homeless orphans from Eastern cities to live with families settling the Western frontier. Rounded up off the streets and placed on trains bound to places they could not even imagine, between 200,000 and 500,000 children made a trip that gave them hope for a brighter future in the unknown frontier with families they had never met or seen.
Both performances are made possible by funding from the Kishwaukee College Foundation.
For more information, contact the Continuing Education department at 815-825-2086, ext. 2040. For more information on Pippa White and One’s Company Productions, visit www.pippawhite1co.com.