In one performance, Kate Campbell Stevenson will introduce three women and share their stories and adventures with those attending Howard County Conservancy’s program “Forging Frontiers: Rachel Carson, Sacagawea and Louise A. Boyd-Women Who Made a Difference.”
“All three of them, Sacagawea, Louise Boyd and Rachel Carson, tie into the environment,” Stevenson said. “Each has a different personality.”
A professional singer and actor her whole life, Stevenson started her one-woman shows 21 years ago. Combining her love of history with performing, Stevenson uses poetry and music in her shows to bring her characters’ stories to life.
“I have a passion for getting women’s stories out front,” Stevenson said. “I am using the arts for social change.”
The female characters Stevenson will portray on Nov. 9 each were pioneers. Sacagawea was significant for helping Lewis and Clark on the journey. Louise A. Boyd was an Arctic explorer recognized as a top expert in ice, as well as a socialite, but few know of her, Stevenson said. Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and a leader of the environmental movement, but was a private person, Stevenson said and found her voice in the written word.
“Women’s history is my passion. I do extensive research on all my women,” Stevenson said. “That is one of the reasons my performances are powerful. There is so much research behind it.”
Stevenson’s portrayal of Rachel Carson is what caught the Conservancy’s attention.
“The reason we were first interested in her [Stevenson], was we heard about the work she did on Rachel Carson,” said Meg Boyd, executive director of the Conservancy. “She really seemed to us a great way to showcase women in environmental issues.”
During her show, Stevenson never leaves the stage, doing all of her costume and make-up changes for each character while on stage.
“The audience finds that very fascinating,” Stevenson said. “Going in and out of costumes, I am giving the audience background information of the women.”
“Forging Frontiers: Rachel Carson, Sacagawea and Louise A. Boyd-Women Who Made a Difference” will be performed at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Mt. Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. Tickets are $10-$20. 410-465-8877.