a musical based on the early life of Betsy Ross, (1752-1836) seamstress and war hero. Born Elizabeth Griscom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she married John Ross, an Anglican, in 1773 and as a result was expelled from her native Quaker church. Betsy Ross is the subject of a cherished American legend according to which George Washington, representing the Continental Congress, visited her husband's upholstery shop in the summer of 1776 and commissioned her to make the first American flag, which is said to be partly of her design.

performed at the Indiana University Theatre, State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Indiana - July 1950

from the Indianapolis Times

 

Strict Quaker Samuel Griscom (Howard Ashley) and his wife Rebecca (Nancy Forbes) have a problem keeping their wayward daughters on the straight and narrow.

"Can't We Go to a Party Tonight'

Backwoodsman Benjy (Tom Boyd) courts Betsy's sister Isabel (Patty Wilson)

Her Quaker parents are dismayed when Elizabeth aka Betsy (Mary Jane Vandivier) falls in love and marries an Anglican, John Ross (Frank Throop)

"We're So Much Alike"

Patty Wilson and Tom Boyd

"Going to Church on Sunday"

The Anglican Episcopalians dress up in their finery for their Sabbath services, an anathema to the Quakers.

Col. Ross (Dick featheringill) and General George Washington (David Herriman) ask Betsy Ross to design a new flag to represent the 13 colonies for an independent America

(centre) Jennifer Locke as Jeanette Griscom, Betsy's youngest sister

above: The full cast +pianist Marilyn Gernstein (front left) and arranger/pianist Don Shelhorn (front right)

THE CRITICS REVIEWS

The Indianapolis Times: BOYD'S LATEST IS WONDERFUL

The Indiasnapolis Star: HEAVENS TO BETSY IS YOUNG AND GAY

The Indianapolis News: HEAVENS TO BETSY HAS ALL THAT YOUTH HAS

 

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