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Our regular, casual, fun, Afternoon Tea is a meal with sandwiches, scones, dessert and tea. Light Tea performances are served with one sandwich, scones, toppings and tea. Holiday Afternoon Tea serves up a festive tea menu, ambiance, and performance to remember. Consider this as an enriching afternoon with friends.
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First Person, Historical Performances

All performances are in authentic first person, in costume, Chautauqua style. Discussions can be held after the performance both in character and as a scholar out-of-character. Educational and valuable opportunity for corporate office programs, organizational meetings with discussions, public and private venues, educational facilities to experience and learn authentic historical persons.

Click here to view and download a PDF of our brochure spotlighting Personalities for Performances.

Tickets and Gift Certificates for performances at the historic McPherson Opera House can be ordered online by clicking here.

Contact us for information, bookings, fees and details.

  • Abigail Adams - wife of John Adams and voice of women's rights through him at the organizing congress of the United States.
    Remember her admonition to her husband, John, during the Continental Congress... "Remember the Ladies."
    Seating is limited. Reserve you spot, bring a friend and consider a holiday gift certificate to round out a special afternoon experience for friendship and hospitality.

  • Abigail Adams
  • Clara Barton - Founder of American Red Cross and "Angel on the Battlefield" from the Civil War era. There is a health aspect in her story of ageism, a prejudice that plagues our culture. Her humanitarian work in Europe during the Franco Prussian war and the Ottoman massacre was foundational in bring the U.S. Government into the Geneva Convention Treaty.

  • Clara Barton
  • Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell - first American woman to earn a medical degree. Promoted women in medicine, contributed to understanding of women's gynecology and health.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Mary Breckenridge - Mary Breckenridge was born into southern traditions that fostered and supported female subservience. Women dutifully sought to avoid emasculating the Confederate soldiers who lost the War between the States.

    Mary rebelled at the manipulation and dishonesty of that sexist tradition. Her family was politically connected and her brothers received superior education. As a woman born to purpose and an intellect to serve the disadvantaged, she took up a challenge to right the disastrous wrongs of maternal and child health in the mountains around Leslie County, Kentucky.

    Educated as a Registered Nurse, she and her colleagues added Midwifery education with studies in England. On horseback, they rode into the mountains to turn the most dangerous area for childbirth in America to one of the safest, surpassing safety at the time in New York City.

    Breckenridge founded the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) and the resulting, modern University and healthcare services that continue to be a beacon for Maternal-Child and Family Nurse Practitioner excellence.

    PLEASE NOTE: This September performance is a special performance only at Dyck Aboretum in Harvey County. Please CLICK HERE for more information about this special performance location.

  • Mary Breckenridge
  • Catherine the Great of Russia SOLD OUT - Although sold out, if you would like to be put on a waiting list, send your contact information and e-mail address with a request for Catherine the Great waiting list using our Contact Us page.
    There are still tickets available for the Mamie Eisenhower performance at the McPherson Opera House on October 7.


    18th century ruler in her own right who secured strategic alliances with European allies, facilitated Mennonite religious freedoms, and with a non-aggression treaty facilitated the colonists in the American Revolution, and brought Russia into modernity.

    PLEASE NOTE: This September 17th performance of Catherine the Great is a special performance only at Dyck Aboretum in Harvey County. Please CLICK HERE for more information about this special performance and its location.

  • Catherine the Great of Russia <B>SOLD OUT</B>
  • Mamie Eisenhower - the wife of United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and First Lady of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Mamie was born in Iowa into entrepreneurial wealth. Her Father retired at age 35 to San Antonio, Texas, where she met a lowly 2nd Lieutenant Army Officer. Mamie chose love over her debutant status. She trekked across the world with her husband and worked alongside of him as a rising, officer's wife. As First Lady, she entertained a wide range of foreign dignitaries with a confident style and dedication to charitable needs.

  • Mamie Eisenhower
  • Anna Freud - Anna Freud was the youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud. Anna defended Papa's theories to the world and cared for her dying father in exile after escaping the Nazi invasion of Vienna, Austria. Anna brought her compassion as a teacher and as a psychoanalyst to understanding children's trauma in the bombing blitz experiences in London. Children separated more easily than adults from their homes and possessions, but were traumatized by the loss of attachment and relationships. Anna provided understanding, discipline, refuge, and hope for the children.

  • Anna Freud
  • Karen Horney, MD - Karen Horney was an early student of Sigmund Freud. She exhibited life-long psychological curiosity driven by multi-disciplinary respect, sharing, and learning. She frustrated Freud, who had based all theory on biology and resisted influences of all other disciplines. Horney also challenged Freud's views as being only male-centric without understanding the unique, nurturing, and holistic attributes of being female. Horney developed an equally compelling gender theory of "womb envy" that countered Freud's basis of "penis envy" in explaining the psychological conflicts of the genders. Karen Horney was an early promoter of gender equalities as a feminist.

  • Karen Horney, MD
  • Holiday Full Queen's Tea - Historical Echoes, Holiday Royale Afternoon Tea at McPherson Opera House.
    A Holiday Full Queen's Tea. Plan now for your tickets to the December 2, 2018 Holiday Royale Tea with Personality.
    RoJean Louchs Guests will be treated to background harp music during teatime by RoJean Louckes. Full Afternoon Tea menu will be catered by Chef, Dan Gottneid.
    Seating is limited. Reserve you spot, bring a friend and consider a holiday gift certificate to round out a special afternoon experience for friendship and hospitality.

  • Holiday Full Queen's Tea
  • Mary Todd Lincoln - a maligned, misunderstood, and unfairly demonized wife of President Abraham Lincoln.

  • Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Dolley Madison - the wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. She was noted for her social graces, which boosted her husbands popularity as President. She did much to define the role of the President's spouse, known only much later by the title First Lady.

    Dolley Madison also helped to furnish the newly constructed White House. When the British set fire to it in 1814, she was credited with saving the classic portrait of George Washington.

    Family Tea: Children grades 4 - 12 welcome. One parent with each two children

  • Dolley Madison
  • Alice Paul - significant influence on the U.S. constitutional amendment for women's right to vote and have full citizenship.

  • Alice Paul
  • Eleanor Roosevelt [Almost Sold Out] - If you wish to purchase tickets, please check with the Opera House first for availability. We are starting a waiting list with the Opera House at 620-241-1952 or Irene at 785-493-5246.

    If you would like to be put on a waiting list, send your contact information and e-mail address with a request for Eleanor Roosevelt waiting list using our Contact Us page.

    Eleanor was born of material privilege but with an indifferent Mother who reminded her she was an "ugly duckling" of the family. Orphaned at an early age, she was under the guardianship of her maternal-grandmother who adhered to strict protocol and limited displays of affection. Sent to a prestigious finishing school in the UK, she discovered a warm and encouraging mentor who saw feminism as the power of the future.

    Eleanor's life was lived first in timidity and fear, then in obligation and duty, and finally in the discovery of herself, powers, interests, and influences through the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Eventually, she feared no one and no challenge that could make rights of self-determination and personal sanctity realizable.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt <STRONG>[Almost Sold Out]</STRONG>
  • Suzanna (Dora) Salter - Dora Salter was the first woman in America to be elected as a town Mayor. She governed as Mayor for Algonia, Kansas during the unrest at a time of strong opposition to liquor and supported by the WCTU voters. During her political tenure in Algonia, she birthed and lost a child. She went on as a widow and successfully raised her children before old age. More will be said for this colorful, futuristic leader.
    Holiday Snowflake Full Queen's Tea

    PLEASE NOTE: This January 6 performance of Dora Salter is a special performance only at Dyck Aboretum in Harvey County. Please check back for update to CLICK HERE for more information about this special performance and its location.

  • Suzanna (Dora) Salter
  • Margaret Sanger - an important pioneer actively committed to providing scientific information to doctors, nurses and a healthy public regarding reproductive education and contraceptive discovery to eliminate abortion practices. For mature audience.

    Margaret Sanger Performance


  • Margaret Sanger
  • Irena Sendler - Christian Social Worker who took great risks to rescue 2,500 Jewish children away from the Warsaw ghetto under WW II Nazi death camp plans.

  • Irena Sendler
  • Helen (Nellie) Taft - dreamed of becoming first lady and actively helped her husband to the office. At inauguration, she challenged protocol of the times by joining her husband in the carriage ride to the ceremony.
    Two months after becoming First Lady, she had a debilitating stroke that limited her hospitality efforts while she recuperated. Nellie brought a genteel culture and her talents in music and music appreciation to Washington and the White House.
    Early in their marriage, when Taft served as governor to Philippines, she endeared herself to the Philippine people by actively promoting equality of the Asian culture. She included native women in invitations to Tea in a gesture not before seen.
    When she wanted to turn the Potomac swamp area near the White House into a Potomac Park, she ordered 200 cherry trees to grace the space. The diseased trees were replaced by 300 healthy trees as a gift from Japan in appreciation of her respect of the Asian peoples.

  • Helen (Nellie) Taft
  • Louise Thaden - The only woman aviator (aviatrix) who held the three major competitive awards in aviation at the same time. A contemporary of Amelia Earhard, and responsible face for Wichita aviation success through Beechcraft.

  • Louise Thaden
  • Katharine Wright - The sister of Wilbur and Orville Wright brothers, the business and public relations face of success behind them. Her story has family, romance, and relationship issues.

  • Katharine Wright
  • Season Ticket - Season ticket includes December 3 Holiday, Royale Tea ($35) with Eleanor Roosevelt and pick of 3 more through 2017 schedule.

  • Season Ticket


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