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Thunder is the Mountain's Voice: The Story of Rocky Mountain Jim and Isabella Bird

  • 2515 Tunnel Rd, Hempel Auditorium, Estes Park, CO 80517
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More than 25 years ago, playwright Kiesa Kay was taken by the story of this intrepid traveler and wrote, “Thunder is the Mountain’s Voice.” “First produced by the Fine Arts Guild or the Rockies in 1998, Kay’s script is an enduring tribute to the woman and her experiences that became the basis for her nonfiction book: “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains.”


The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is honored to provide this encore presentation to the community and beyond. The Guild first produced the show in 1998. Performances by the 10-member cast celebrate the 150th anniversary of Isabella Bird’s trek to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park where she met legendary locals such as Rocky Mountain Jim and Griff Evans. Isabella put Estes Park on the map, writing letters to her sister in England that became “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains.”


At age 42, the intrepid British woman was unaccompanied when she traveled to Estes Park on her horse to see the majestic Colorado Rockies. In her book, she vividly portrays her journey up Longs Peak, the rough conditions and harsh weather. In 1892 she became the first woman elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She died at age 73 in 1904 and was inducted in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985.


Reception: Nov 3 at 5 p.m.

Performances: Nov 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.; Nov 5 at 2 p.m.


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