Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau

Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau

1847 - the final two days Henry David Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond

Filmed for high definition television broadcast as an Earth Day 2009 special event for public television and movie theaters, public radio and streaming into thousands of schools nationwide

Photos by Dr. Robert De Mattina

"To affect the quality of the day ... that is the highest of arts"     - Henry David Thoreau

Michael performing with Hippy Chicks

Opera House audience

Adam Luckey and Eric Johnson

Michael performing with the Hippy Chicks
before the Walden play begins
Part of the full Opera House
Walden play audience
Thoreau and Emerson discussing green beans
and Thoreau's writings at Walden Pond

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived"    - Henry David Thoreau

Jesse Rose Pennington and Anthony Haigh

Adam Luckey and Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Rachel and Jousha
exploring Thoreau's writings
Thoreau and Emerson in deep conversation
about Thoreau's life at Walden Pond
Ralph Waldo Emerson holding up a pencil to make his point

"There is no remedy for love but to love more"     - Henry David Thoreau

Adam Luckey

Adam Luckey

Jesse Rose Pennington

Henry David Thoreau pondering his life
while observing remote wooded area
surrounding Walden Pond
Thoreau takes a break from his writing
to appreciate the melodic tones of a flute
Rachel - reading some of Thoreau writings to better understand his purpose at Walden Pond

"Goodness is the only investment that never fails"     - Henry David Thoreau

Jesse Rose Pennington and Anthony Haigh

Post show gathering

Rachel and Jousha argue over Thoreau's attitude
about progress - worlds apart from Walden Pond
Michael, guests, actors, at the post-show cocktail party
at the Opera House

Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau
The Walden Actors:
       Adam Luckey - Henry David Thoreau
       Eric Johnson - Ralph Waldo Emerson
       Jesse Rose Pennington - Rachel Steurs
       Anthony Haigh - Joshua Barnett

Theater sound design: Mike Boso
Stage Manager: Gretchen Shoot, Woodford County Theater
Script: Michael Johnathon, Musician, author, composer, playwright
Costume Designer: Jenna McGuire, Woodford County Theater
Lighting Designer: Todd Pickett, Woodford County Theater
Props Mistress: Kim Dixon, Woodford County Theater
Event Publicity: Anna Dickens, Loretta Sawyer,
       PLA Media (Nashville, TN)
The Walden Theatrical Director:
       Beth Kirchner, Woodford County Theatre
       Visit them online: www.woodfordcountytheater.com

The Walden Television Broadcast Director:
       Doug Smart, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY (www.asbury.org)

Technical and Audio Crew:
       Kevin Johnson, Eric Anderson, Bryan Klausing
       Brandon Eaves, Jerome "Cyber Boy" Galt

Broadcast Engineers:
       Dave Griez, Wes Kawaja  Asbury College, Wilmore, KY

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