STAGERightRI and Newport artist Bill Heydt recently staged their second historic painting “Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam”, ca. 1752-1758 by John Greenwood at the historic White Horse Tavern. This event had a great cast that included: Mike Lacombe Alda Kaye, Christopher Alan, Toby Field (Portraying Joesph Wanton), Glenn Hopkins (Portraying Descendent Stephen Hopkins), David Greene (Portraying Captain Nicholas Cooke), George Brian Sullivan (Portraying Capt. Esek Hopkins), Raphael Zinno, Charles Duncan, Dee Dee Reigert, Kalvin Santos and Pam Akgun.
This year there are four more historical painting that will be staged that will portray Newportant “Historical” People, who are being portrayed by their descendents. STAGERightRI and Bill Heydt are casting descendents for the following historic Newport people:
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry - . Born: 23 August 1785, Died: 23 August 1819 (Malaria), Birthplace: South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Best known as: The hero of the Battle of Lake Erie (1813)
Roger Williams - (c. 1603 – between January and March 1683) In 1636, he began the colony of Providence Plantation, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence.
General George Washington - Born February 22], 1732, Westmoreland County, Virginia - died December 14, 1799, Mount Vernon, Virginia, American general and commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution (1775–83) and subsequently first president of the United States (1789–97)
French General Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau - as a French nobleman and general who participated in the American Revolutionary War as the commander-in-chief of the French Expeditionary Force which came to help the American Continental Army.
Battle of Rhode Island – Battle of Rhode Island” by David R. Wagner. This painting will be re-created on the actual day of the battle, August 29th, on the exact battle field, Butts Hill, with descendents of those who fought in the battle. Some of the key players are: General John Sullivan, Colonel Christopher Green (Commander of the First Rhode Island Black Regiment), and British, German and French militia were also involved so please go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rhode_Island to research more.
We are looking for production volunteers, researchers, historians, costumes and people to make costumes, make-up and hair people and much more. Note: It is NOT required that participants be descendents! Everyone is encouraged and welcome!
If you are a direct descendent and would like to portray your ancestors in this painting or if you think you would just like to be involved with the next or any re-creation please contact us Tom C. Erb at 401-207-4812, or email at Tom@STAGERightRI.com.