CASPER, Wyo. — A piece of historical theater comes to life as “The Senator” takes center stage at Natrona County High School. The play, which originally premiered in 1890, will be performed on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in the NCHS auditorium, 930 S. Elm St.
Written by David D. Lloyd and Sydney Rosenfeld, “The Senator” tells the tale of charismatic Senator Hannibal Rivers, who embarks on a quest to pass a Senate bill for War of 1812 reparations. Filled with political suspense, humor and romance, the play gained immense popularity during its original run of 119 performances on Broadway and subsequent nationwide tour, according to an event announcement by the Fort Caspar Museum Association.
During the play’s original run, the character of Senator Hannibal Rivers was notably portrayed by acclaimed actor William H. Crane, who drew inspiration from Kansas Senator Preston B. Plumb. Plumb’s connection to Fort Caspar, where he served as Lt. Colonel of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry in 1865, lent authenticity to Crane’s performance. Writers Lloyd and Rosenfeld fashioned the play’s protagonist around Plumb’s personality.
Presented in partnership with the Fort Caspar Museum Association, the Theatre of the Poor and Stage III, this production offers a window into the entertainment of the 19th century. Admission to the event is free, but online reservations are required due to expected demand. Attendees can secure their seats here. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience a piece of historical theater firsthand.