The Kentucky Humanities Council will have an open rehearsal for its new Chautauqua presenters starting at 9 a.m. Monday at the Lexington History Museum, 215 West Main Street.
Chautauqua presenters are essentially living-history performers who travel to groups and locations around the region telling the stories of their characters.
Several Chautauqua performers found themselves on a mighty big stage earlier this year, when they were part of the Humanities Council and University of Kentucky's Our Lincoln presentation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Topping the additions to this year's lineup will be Bet Stewart, artistic director of Intuition Theatre in Cincinnati, portraying the late pop star Rosemary Clooney, a Maysville native. Also new to the cast of Chautauqua players, which totals 23, are:
■ Kelly O'Connell Brengleman of Midway, portraying Lucy Bakewell Audubon, wife of famed ornithologist James Audubon.
■ Ethan Smith of Cynthiana, portraying Johnny Green, one of the few survivors of the Confederate Orphan Brigade.
■ Edward B. Smith of Cynthiana, portraying U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Boyle County native John Marshall Harlan, a consistent dissenting vote in numerous 19th-century civil rights cases including Plessy vs. Ferguson, which said segregation was constitutional. Edward Smith is Ethan Smith's father.
■ Robert Brock, director of Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave, portraying Billy Herndon, who was from Greensburg and was Abraham Lincoln's law partner before Lincoln became president.
The showcase will feature performances by each actor, which should last 45 minutes each. Then they will receive feedback and suggestions from a Humanities Council committee. The event, billed as a dress rehearsal, is free and open to the public.