|The Ladies (before Crystal M. arrived). L-R (backrow): Abby, Elisha W., Bethany G., Beth W., Mrs. G., Mrs, W., Aunt Jill. Front row: Hannah G., Deborah W., Mom, Phoebe and yours-truly (Johanna).|
|Abby, Mrs. W., Beth W. and Phoebe|
|The young men: Benjamin and Micah W., Caleb, cousin Stefon, Nathaniel W., Aaron G., Stephen and Andrew W. (this was before Josiah M. came).|
|L-R: Andrew and Nathaniel W., Jaden, Caleb and Mom, Micah, Mr. and Benjamin W.|
|Aunt Jill presents her character: Mary Elizabeth Bowser|
|Three historical characters talking: Mary Elizabeth Bowser (Aunt Jill), Princess Adelina (Johanna), and Phoebe Knapp (Phoebe)|
|Beth W., Mrs. G., Abby and Phoebe|
|Bethany G. presents her character: Tcernicieru, a Romanian woman who stood fast for the faith even though it meant losing her job and eventually being put in prison after trying to escape Romania.|
|Caleb presents his character: Colonel William "Bill" Henderson (a WWII soldier).|
|Cousin Stefon (I just LOVED his outfit)!|
|Miss Deborah-- my little friend/sister! :)|
|Deborah and yours-truly (a queen and a princess)|
|Elisha presents her character: Joan of England, Queen of Sicily|
Elisha dressed as Joan of England, Queen of Sicily.
In an English castle on October 1165, the youngest daughter and eighth child of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine was born, and named Joanna, or Joan. From birth, she was surrounded with chivalry, troubadours, adventure and intrigue. Her father was absent, and she lived with some of her siblings at her mother’s castle in Poitiers. Joan was 8 years old when her 18-year-old brother Henry, encouraged by her mother, led a revolt against his father. However, their attempt ended in failure, and Queen Eleanor was imprisoned in the castle of Winchester.
Despite the family strife, Joan grew up into an attractive, intelligent girl with a fair face and brown hair. When she was 12, her father sent her all the way to Sicily to marry the Sicilian king, William II. Palermo, William's royal city, was a sunny isle in the Mediterranean, and many things were strange and unusual to the girl-queen. However, it was a happy marriage. Joan was a good queen, an able helpmeet to her husband, and popular with the people. The couple's only sorrow was that they had no children.
Joan was only twenty-four when her beloved husband died. At once her life was turned upside down. An Italian prince, Tancred, seized control of Sicily and imprisoned Joan in a palace in Palermo. He denied her the inheritance due her as William's widow and her dowry.
But help was at hand. Joan’s older brother, Richard the Lionhearted, King of England, had just started on the Third Crusade. When he heard of the plight of his beloved sister, he sailed with his whole force to Sicily to rescue her. Tancred refused to release her, and the lionhearted Richard deployed his forces. After several sharp battles, Richard’s stout English knights and men-at-arms defeated Tancred’s forces. He hastily made peace with Richard and released Joan.
During this, Richard’s mother had arrived with his fiancée, Berengaria, and Joan became Berengaria’s companion. But Joan’s adventures were not over. En route to the Holy Land, the ship carrying Berengaria and Joan went aground off the coast of Cyprus, and they were threatened by the island's ruler, Isaac Comnenus. Again, Richard came to the rescue. In a series of rapid sieges, he captured the island and overthrew Comnenus.
Queen Joan of Sicily is inspiring to me because, alone in a strange country as a young bride, she rose above any loneliness to devote herself to loving and serving her husband and her new country. And because, despite fluctuating and precarious circumstances, she always retained a sweet spirit.
|Here is Hannah G., presenting her character: Anna Corbell|
|Yours-truly and Stephen|
|Some of the "audience"|
|Josiah M. presents his character: Sergeant Alvin York|
|Some of the younger ladies|
|Enjoying each others company|
|Benjamin presents his character: Lukas Fuchs (said Foss).|
|Micah presents his character: Dwight Eisenhower|
|Micah and Deborah W.|
|Mom and Mrs. W.|
|Mom presenting her character: Rose Allen|
|Mom, yours-truly, Beth, Micah and Deborah W.|
|Mr. M. presents his character(s): All the everyday, normal Christians who were not portrayed by the rest of us at the party.|
|Some of the ladies: Mom, Mrs. G., Mrs. W., Bethany and Hannah G., Beth and Deborah W.|
|Hanging out before the party|
|Mr. G. presents his character: George Washington Carver|
|Mr. W. and Mr. G.|
|Mr. W. presents Deborah's character:|
|Mr. W. presents his character: Hudson Taylor|
|Mr. W. presents Stephen's character: our dear cousin Andre who recently went to the Navy. How sweet!|
|Mrs. and Mr. W.|
|Mrs. W., Beth W. and Phoebe|
|Mrs. G. presents her character: Elisabeth Elliot|
|Mrs. W. presents her character: Perpetua|
|Phoebe presents her character: Phoebe P. Knapp|
|More shady characters|
|Stefon presents his character: Nathaniel Bowditch|