What is Young Chautauqua? Imagine inhabiting a character out of history — speaking in that person’s very words — in costume — before an audience and taking impromptu questions from the audience.

The Commitment — Young Chautauqua requires a commitment of time, study and practice for students in grades 3 and up. In return you have an amazing experience and better learn about and identify with a person in history. Participants begin by selecting a person from history. You research that person, comb through your closet and visit thrift shops to create a costume; memorize your character’s speeches and writings; and rehearse with acting coach and facilitator, Katherine Dumont. Your presentation will be about 5-7 minutes long .