WESTWARD,HO! click to hear mp3
The saga of the Donner Party began as a simple ad in the Springfield Gazette Newspaper, "Westward, Ho, Who wants to go to California?!" And a total of 42 men and women, plus their children answered the call and prepared for the long journey to their Eden of the West.
Singers: Jamie Bahr, Pat Bottino, Katherine Burger, Anna Cheek, Robert DeRivera, Alan Hauck, Deb Lundgren ,Susan Mintzer,Steve Stiert,Lia Sumerano, Paul Tomasko, Gregor Trieste, Danielle Woerner
THE BUZZARD: click to hear mp3
Bachelor Charles T Stanton, aged 32, was more content with being outside with Nature than working in a stuffy office. When Virinia Reed asks, "what's that big bird up in the sky? Why does it circle like that?" Stanton has the answer..."It is the clean up crew of the desert. It is a buzzard.
Singer: Steve Stiert
PART OF THE LAND: click to hear mp3
Only 25 years old, Luke Halloran is dying from consumption, and knows he will never see California. Luke comforts Virginia by saying when he dies, and is laid to rest, he will sinkinto a one-ness with the earth, and become a part of the the West.
Singer: Caleb Nelson
LANSFORD W. HASTINGS: click to hear mp3
Part time lawyer. Part time writer, full time charlatan whose book convinces The Donner Party they should take a well-known secondary route to California.
Singer: Pat Bottino
BILLY: click to hear mp3
Virginia Reed watches her pony, Billy, get smaller and smaller as her wagon train pulls away leaving Billy left to die. She recalls her love for Billy and how Billy will always stay in her heart.
Singer: Lia Sumerano
WISH FOR: click to hear mp3
Christmas time, a magic time for grown-ups and children alike . And more meaningful when Christmas takes place between Mother and Daughter, on Truckee Lake in the middle of winter.
Singer: Danielle Woerner
THE TIME OF THEIR LIFE: click to hear mp3
It is November. And back in Springfield,Pete and Abe & Mary Lincoln are discussing the warm California winters. And how their friends the Reeds must be settled into building a new life by the sea, with no worries or strife. Unknown to the trio, however, is that the Donner Party had suffered terrible hardships.
Singers: Katherine Burger, Brad Siebeking, Gregor Trieste
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