Breana Millard, of Monroeton, Pa., performed in the recent Elmira College Theatre production of Jaclyn Backhaus’s, Men on Boats.
Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is based upon the journal entries of a one-armed soldier, adventurer and explorer, Major John Wesley Powell, who, along with various other men in boats under his 1869 command, traversed the Colorado River through what we now call the Grand Canyon. Except, in this instance, the men are all played by women, and no boats are ever to be seen.
The Elmira College Theatre production of Men on Boats featured Stephanie Krom as John Wesley Powell, leader of the expedition; Sadie Kennett as William Dunn, hunter and trapper; Ally Poppiti as John Colton Sumner, a former soldier; Avery Yeates as Old Shady, Powell’s older brother; Yamille Moss as Bradley, a young lieutenant; Julissa Garcia as O.G. Howland, printer and hunter; Janice Teeter as Seneca Howland, O.G.’s younger brother; Lauren Scarborough as Frank Goodman, So British; Breana Millard as Hall, mapmaker; Emma Faunce as Hawkins, the cook and Powell’s older brother.
The production was under the direction of John J. Kelly, with scenic and lighting design by George de Falussy. Scott McGuire served as Technical Director, with Stage Management by Michael Gerth, assisted by Catherine Smugereski.