Both acclaimed artists in their respected fields, Amy
Lowe & Megan Wells have teamed to create one entertaining and educational
"The duo brings to life various personae..."
The Story of the
Great Chicago Fire
A 1999 WINNER of the
PARENTS' CHOICE GOLD AWARD!
The 1999 WINNER of the EdPress
Distinguished Achievement Award!
Los Angeles Times
"With poignant testimony from eyewitnesses and vivid songs, Amy
Lowe and Megan Wells bring to life a city that grew too fast, with dangerously
little planning; the chilling song "Mud, Wood, Drought, Blunder
& Wind," tells of what contributed to the devastating tragedy."
Chicago Parent Magazine
"Judging from the response of the rapt audience to Fire In Boomtown,
Lowe and Wells have a hit."
"On Sunday, October 8, 1871, the city of Chicago was virtually
destroyed by a ferocious fire. This story-song re-enactment was taped
in a live performance. The performers researched actual testimonials
from survivors and newspaper articles, letters, notebooks, etc., to
make an exciting story that stays true to the facts. Wells does a fine
job of creating Mrs. O'Leary's Irish brogue and characterizing the chief
fire marshall's description of exhausted firemen. The storytellers conclude
by celebrating the energetic rebuilding of the city. A first-class history
lesson in an appealing
Recommended Audience: Ages 8 to Adult
Featured on PBS Radio's - "Recess"
storytelling has a radiance, which only comes from that rare combination
of raw talent, deep intelligence and blistering honesty. Soul speaks through
Joseph Campbell Foundation
talented songwriter-storyteller with a definite bent for variety in her