Buried Treasure at Old Fort Snelling
Follow the story of Barbara Ann Shadecker, a 13-year-old refugee from the Canadian Red River colony fleeing the starvation and turmoil that befell her family when they journeyed from Switzerland to the New World.
Ann, as she prefers to be called, becomes governess to the colonel’s children at the army post, called Fort Snelling, in 1823. She dreams of going back home, where she lived in wealth and leisure. After hearing a rumor of buried treasure on the grounds of Fort Snelling, Ann decides to look for it according to the clues she picks up from listening to the children.
As the adventure unfolds, Ann finds something better than treasure—the warmth of friendship and the beginning of a new home and life.
19th century immigrant refugee Barbara Ann Shadecker discovers there is more to life than pining for the good old days back home in Switzerland—here in America she discovers friendship, adventure and new beginnings.
© Copyright 2012 New Music Arts ® dba Musicals 4 Young Audiences. Originally produced by SteppingStone Theatre For Youth Development, St. Paul, Minnesota, Richard Hitchler, Artistic Director.
Time: November 1823
Place: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
(Barbara) Ann Shadecker - age 13, a Swiss refugee from the Red River colony
John Shadecker - age10, Ann’s younger brother
John Tully - age 8, (can be played by an older boy), Red River refugee
Mary Snelling - age 10, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Snelling
(William) Joe Snelling - age 19, son of Colonel Snelling
Henry Snelling - age 8, (can be played by older boy), son of Colonel and Mrs. Snelling
Caroline Hamilton - age 15, daughter of Major Hamilton, 5th Infantry
Eleanor - age 12, daughter of one of the cooks at Fort Snelling
Ruth - age 13, daughter of a laundress
India - age 14, works for Lawrence Talliaferro; brought from Virginia
Eliza - age 12, works for Lawrence Talliaferro; brought from St. Louis
Colette - age 14, Red River refugee and Barbara Ann’s friend
“The Little Tykes”
“Good Fellow, Now You're Home”
“Gloves to Match My Gown”
"Just a Home"
"Good Friends Now You Are Home"