CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne League of Women Voters will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Wyoming giving women the right to vote by putting on a play during the reopening of the Wyoming Capitol on July 10.
A League of Her Own Acting Troupe will perform “Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters” at 3:30 p.m. on the north lawn of the Supreme Court Building. Setting the stage for the era, the Fort D.A. Russell Post Band will play musical pieces popular during the late 1800s and the suffrage movement.
Written by Mary B. Guthrie and Rosalind Schliske, the play revolves around four Wyoming women who were critical to passing the first legislation giving women the right to vote and hold office, then to defending the effort to repeal it and, finally, to refusing to deny women’s suffrage in exchange for statehood. The cast includes Julia Bright, played by Schliske; Esther Hobart Morris, played by Denise Burke; Amalia Post, played by Guthrie, and Theresa Jenkins, played by Debra Lee. Keren Meister-Emerich will play the researcher, who time travels to interview these women.
In addition to their involvement with Wyoming suffrage, three of these women also had the most important roles in the statehood celebration on July 10, 1890. Post was the chairman of the celebration, Morris presented the state flag to the governor, and Jenkins was the primary speaker.