2017 Alaska Highway Road Show
PREVIEW performance – 90 Minutes, no intermission
The Old Smith Highway was the original Highway 2 and saw US Troop movement during the building of the Alaska Highway. As such The Alaska Highway Roadshow has agreed to bring a preview of the Roadshow to Smith, Alberta.
Kathy Jessup, Bill Dolan & Allison Tubman pay tribute to the Alaska Highway’s 75th birthday -with stories, songs and photographs. Complete TOUR details at: AlaskaHighwayRoadShow.com
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1019- 10th (Main) Street
ABOUT THE SHOW
The Alaska Highway Road Show, (AHRS) is a touring celebration marking the occasion of the famous routes 75th anniversary. The show launches in early July, 2017, at the Provincial Archives of Alberta as part of Edmontons Historic Festival. It will then head north, visiting 11 other communities and eventually wrap up in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Performances range from large city performance halls to small spaces in villages like Teslin and Lower Post.
The AHRS celebrates the Trail of 42 with three artists whose families have a long history in the north. Bill Dolan, Allison Tubman and Kathy Jessup weave together research, family stories, music, artifacts and photographs to present an entertaining look back on the routes remarkable 75-year history. Raised as highway kids, they lend an authentic voice to this ninety-minute tribute concert. Audiences will gain an appreciation of why the Alaska Highway deserves to be Canadas newest National Historic Site and why truckers and all those whove called it home over the years proudly share a special bond. The Trail of 42 is a remarkable story, and as the Highway reaches its 75th birthday, this is the time to tell it!
– Storyteller Kathy Jessup was raised in Fort Nelson, B.C. but now spends much of her time performing at events across Canada and internationally. Fortunately, Kathy’s northern roots pull her home every chance she gets. For the ROAD SHOW, Kathy features tales of the dramatic challenges that faced Highway construction crews and early residents.
– Author Allison Tubman shares artifacts, photographs and memories of her extended family, including her great-grandfather, renowned highway guide Charlie MacDonald. Allison’s book The MacDonalds: The Lives & Legends of a Kaska Dena Family is a striking tribute to her ancestors who have lived in the
mountains of north eastern B.C. for many generations.
– Musician Bill Dolan grew up listening to tales told by his father, Frank, one of the early Truck drivers on the Alaska Highway. An accomplished musician and former teacher, Bill came to realize these anecdotes were not only entertaining, they were also historical gems. He loves to share his Dad’s stories, along with songs about (and inspired by) the North country.