Amazing is the word that comes to mind when watching Elizabeth Welles change characters as she acts out this one-woman show of stories about different women. Her performance at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Friday evening gave La Veta residents and visitors a chance to see close up her talents for acting, story-telling, and poetry. “Water from the Welles” includes four dramatic presentations of four very different women, including Elizabeth herself. Elizabeth introduces the show by expressing her belief in the magical power and importance of stories. She goes on to portray this belief as she transforms herself into a young woman exploring the world of Gandhi and Indian spiritualism, to an old German woman describing the horrors of Nazi Germany, to a rather silly but loveable Southern Belle who wrestles with an angel and talks about her relationship with her mother, to a humorous audience-participation portrayal of a “worry warrior” who locks herself out of the house, thus missing her radio show. The dramas were followed by three poems, written by Elizabeth and recited with spirit and soul, which expressed her vision about living in the world today. Elizabeth is from New York but now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the author of the book, “Journaling for Well-Being and Peace”, the editor of “Women Celebrate: The Gift in Every Moment”, and the creator of the CD, “Meditation for Relaxation.” Her one-woman show “Speak the Lands of my Heart” is about her journeys to India. She is also a visual artist, and her evocative photomontages were available at the show for viewing.
Huerfano Journal, La Veta, CO