Queensbury High School student takes her historical drama to the stage

During her summer vacation, Queensbury High School student Grace Denious added playwright, director and actor to her resume. 

The rising high school junior has written a play called “Movers and Shakers,” which will make its world premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12 at The Park Theater, 14 Park St. in Glens Falls.  A teenager's school photo

Grace will also star in and co-direct the play, which is an accurate historical drama based on the life of local heroine Eunice Chapman. 

“I wanted to bring a woman’s story to life, and during my research I realized that our local women’s voices in history are largely nonexistent,” said Grace, who was inspired and “fired up” reading “Jane Eyre” in school last year. 

“Movers and Shakers” recounts Chapman’s epic 1814 struggle against her alcoholic husband, Shaker leader Mother Lucy Wright, the Albany legislature and New York state law during a time when women had virtually no rights. 

Tackling religious freedom, marriage, parental rights, women’s rights, politics and history, “Movers and Shakers” brings to life the spicy story of a local upstate heroine who caused riots and changed the law. Advertisement poster for the play "Movers and Shakers"

In order to produce her script, Grace also started her own theater company, Her Voice Theatre, in order to support her work. She auditioned actors from around the state and worked with the Shaker Heritage Society in Colonie for costumes and historical accuracy. 

She even grabbed some power tools and built the stage sets herself. Grace, who is starring as the show’s heroine, will co-direct with Barbara Miner of “Radium Girls.”  

 The show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets cost $5 and are available at www.parktheatergf.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.