Frequently Asked Questions

When I contract Alive With History, what do I get?

There are two different individuals involved in a contract. The first is the scholar who has researched a specific individual, developed a performance, and prepared the story, costumes and props. The other is the historical person being portrayed. Since these are actually the same physical person, you get two for the price of one.

What is a performance like?

The Historical Performer normally delivers a first person monologue for 30 to 45 minutes. This is typically followed by a question and answer session with access to both the historical figure and the scholar who knows the rest of the history.

What kind of questions can be asked?

Historical performers have studied their topic extensively and can ramble for hours to an interested audience. Questions to the historic figure about the life and times and particular experiences are always in order. The character cannot, of course, answer questions like "What happened next?" Or "How did you die?" These can be addressed to the scholar who is portraying the historical figure.

What costumes and props can we expect?

Professional Historical Performers must be able to interact directly with the audience. It is therefore very important that clothing and props be a support and not a distraction. This requires a high level of authenticity. It can be expected that there will be some deviations from the original due to availabilty but these are minimized as much as possible.

Can we get resource information?

Since the historical performer is a scholar as well as a performer, a bibliography or study guide can be expected. As a professional learner, the performer is always willing to share resources.

How authentic is the information being presented?

One of the primary goals of historical performance is to present the history as it is recorded. A historical performance is not a play, an act, or a made-up scene that "could have happened". The presentation itself will reflect that best scholarly thinking that is available.

Is it fun?

One of the main goals of the historical performer is to provide the audience with entertainment. The stories these people tell can be funny, tragic, and inspiring. They may make you laugh, you may cry a little, and you will definitely think about the life and experiences being portrayed. At the end, you will know that person as a real person and not just some lines in a dry history book.