An American Pioneer Christmas:
A Journey Through the Cumberland Gap
A Lesson Plan
Preparing for the Theater Experience & Pre-Show Activities
Theatre and Pioneer Life Terms
Worksheet & Quiz
Academic Standards (by state)
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An American Pioneer Christmas
Book, Music and Lyrics by Geraldine Ann Snyder
Directed by Paul Lenzi
This original Blue Apple Players musical is based on the adventures of one traveling pioneer family who
meet up with Kasper Mansker, a long hunter who leads them through the Cumberland Gap to Kentucky.
The characters take to the stage to share this lively and informative tale. Read the following with your
class to get to know the ways of life of the Pioneer before the show.
The pioneers were hard working people. They grew or hunted what they ate. They built their own homes
and made their own clothing. The pioneers were familiar with all things in their homes. They had made
The life of early settlers was not easy. The men and women had to be strong.
At times, they lived in fear of Indians. Each day they worked hard. The clothes
got washed. The cows got milked. The children were taught. The fields got
cleared and the barns were built. From sunup to sundown, each family member
did the daily tasks to survive.
These pioneers had chosen some of the oldest mountains, for their new homes.
These Appalachian pioneers had many children - six to ten. The children grew up, married and moved a
few miles deeper into the wilderness to build their homes.
Many pioneer settlers had little or