For over 30 years the New Old Time Chautauqua has delighted audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest with a unique collection of entertainers—both internationally acclaimed and local performers. A New Old Time Chautauqua Variety Show features juggling, magic, music, trapeze, dance, story-tellers, and poets, for an evening of fun and merriment for the whole family. The Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra accompanies each performance with rousing music and zany wisecracks.
The Lincoln Theatre is looking forward to their return to our historic theatre that has a rich past of traveling vaudeville performers.
“Chautauqua” was a cultural and social movement that started in the 1870s and
flourished until the mid 1920s. During this time, hundreds of touring chautauquas presented lectures, dance, music, drama, and other forms of “cultural enrichment”. Theodore Roosevelt once called the traveling Chautauquas “the most American thing in America”. This form of live entertainment faded with the growing popularity of radio and motion pictures.
The New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC) was founded in 1981 by a group of
adventurous performers, health care practitioners, and educators-including the Flying Karamazov Brothers and Dr. Patch Adams. The idea was to revive the lively Chautauqua spirit and bring live entertainment and educational workshops to diverse communities. With the intention of inspiring creativity and supporting community, our traveling troupe partners with local organizations and service groups to present Chautauqua events. We aim to delight, educate, amaze, and provoke the imagination of adults and children alike. The all-volunteer 50+ person troupe has staged a 2-5 week summer tours in areas throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia. In Spring 2006, NOTC traveled to New Orleans and the coast of Mississippi and brought free entertainment and friendship to Hurricane Katrina survivors and volunteer relief workers.
This is one of our favorite shows. Please bring the kids and the grandparents. Everyone leaves the performance with a smile on their face!