Take a 45-minute drive east (Hwy 60) from Springfield and experience the past with Laura Ingalls Wilder as she reminisces about her childhood pioneer days, her incredible family, and her beloved Almanzo. Laura’s life unfolds through a live theater production that culminates on that momentous day in 1951 when Mansfield dedicated its library in her honor. Laura’s Memories captures Mrs. Wilder’s journeys through Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakota Territory, Kansas, and finally Mansfield, Missouri, where Laura and Almanzo spent their remaining years.
Come and celebrate the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder as the Ozark Mountain Players bring history to life under the starry canopy of the Ozark sky. This production is performed in a comfortable amphitheater dedicated to the enduring memory of one of America’s favorite authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Concessions are available. Staged at Mansfield’s Recreational Park 1-Blk west of school. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and older, and $5 for ages 5-11 (net proceeds go to scholarships for graduating high school seniors). Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. and the morning show is at 10:30 a.m. Don’t forget, the Sept. 20 show coincides with the annual Wilder Festival in Mansfield. More info. Go to …www.laurasmemories.com
This is a copy of what I sent to our newspaper editor in Salem, MO after watching Laura’s Memories this past Saturday evening (7 Aug 10): “Having only moved a few months ago from Virginia, we have been treated to some special gems in the our home state of Missouri ranging from the beautiful Montauk State Park to a wonderful church with great preaching to some truly exceptional and special neighbors. One of these gems was watching the Ozark Mountain Players (OMP) perform during the twentieth anniversary of “Laura’s Memories” this past Saturday evening. Members of the Mansfield, Mo. community come together each year to present a ninety-minute performance featuring events and people, complete with song and dance, from the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Performed in an amphitheater under the stars, the acting, singing, and dancing were superb as we smiled at the antics of the farmboys, cheered when Jack survived the river crossing, laughed at Laura’s revenge against Nellie Oleson, and wept with joy and sadness as Laura got married and moved away from her family. These events and many others were penned in the eight “Little House on the Prairie” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Having checked out some of the books from the Salem Library, we have been reading her series as a family for the past few months and “Laura’s Memories” made some of the stories come to life. A special highlight of the evening was meeting one of the OMP co-founders, Pat Allen, and some of her family during the intermission. Extremely friendly, charming and always smiling throughout our conversation, they have written the show’s music each year since its inception. Sadly, there are only a few more performances this year. If you want to spend a fun-filled evening with your family while enjoying the rich heritage and history of Missouri, then seeing “Laura’s Memories” is a must. Information for the performances can be found at http://www.laurasmemories.com.” Frank DeVenuto 204 County Road 2403 Salem, MO 65560 573-729-5908 Frank.email@example.com