On Tuesday, under the big tent at Aims Community College, Kevin Radaker took on the character of Winston Churchill and delivered a speech on the echoes of the first World War to about 900 people to kick off the 2017 High Plains Chautauqua.
Radaker is a professor of English at Anderson University, a private Christian college in Indiana. Since 1991, he has been a part of the Chautauqua tradition, portraying characters such as the famous transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau or the legendary writer and thinker C.S. Lewis. His summer tour as Churchill in 2016 marked the very first year Radaker brought the famous British leader to America.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) is best known for his role as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-45. His politics and leadership during both world wars have cemented him as a key figure in history. His rousing speeches and articulate writing also earned him the Nobel Prize in literature in 1953 for his overall lifetime body of work.
We sat down with Radaker to ask some questions.
Q — Why pick Churchill?
A — The joke is that I often say at the end of one of my performances, is I’ll touch the top of my head and say, “Well, I started growing out of ” and then I’ll touch my stomach, “and into the part.” So physically, I’ve gained weight, and I keep losing my hair. But more seriously, Churchill is easily one of the most important persons of the 20th century. He is eloquent, he is very important to world events and is certainly the leader of the British nation in 1940. His speeches inspired many, he was a very fine statesman and a complicated man.
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