The Story of Meet Your Mountain
It's the spring of 1846, and hundreds of people have made the choice to leave behind their homes, their friends, their lives… to cross an uncharted continent in search of new lives in the California territory. Inspired by actual history, Meet Your Mountain tells the story of sixteen of those people, sixteen people who traveled with the infamous Donner Party. They have a variety of reasons for going, but they are all just plain folks with a dream of something better.
There’s James Reed …a visionary with the strength of will – and the bull-headedness - to make his dreams come true
Margaret, who learns self-reliance when she is abandoned on the journey without her husband to care for her.
Tamsen, a strong-willed woman whose actions are based in logic, who in the end abandons reason to listen to her heart.
George Donner, well-loved by all, a man whose hard work and big heart are matched only by his inability to make a decision.
Running from an unknown past, Keseberg is a highly-educated man who has experienced nothing but discrimination and hard times.
Lovely Mary Ann, unhappy to leave her comfortable home, who finds her true self while experiencing the most uncomfortable misery imaginable.
There’s Charlie, who dreams of writing a novel, but who finds relationships with people more important than the words in his journal.
The unlucky Patrick, who sees only the good in the midst of misery.
Terminally-ill Luke, ever the optimist, not willing to die without first trying to live.
13-year-old Virginia, coming of age while coming to grips with the failings of the father she idolized.
John, young and strong, whose dreams of a new life in California are cut short by the knife of a friend.
Peggy, hard-working mother of six (and pregnant with another), whose deep faith is tested when she finds herself powerless to provide for her children.
Patty, Tommy, and Frances, too young to make their own decisions, their futures depend on the choices made by others.
And feisty Sarah … who won’t let anything stop her – not even death – from looking out for her daughter’s family.
Together, they ford flooded rivers, trudge across prairies, hack trails through overgrown canyons, struggle across barren deserts, and scramble up steep mountain peaks. Along the way they find the worst of human nature and the worst of nature's elements. There is jealousy, anger, fear, stupidity, pride, ... death, despair, starvation, and even – unspeakably – cannibalism. But they also find joy, optimism, faith, love, determination, and triumph. In dire circumstances, these sixteen people are just trying to do their best along the road of life.
Who among them will survive the ordeal and make it to California?
Note: the images on this page are not photos of the actual people of the Donner Party, but are included as a representation of the characters of the musical. Click here to learn more about the history of the Donner Party expedition.