Character Sketches 2020

Character Sketches will enter its third year in 2020! It has been amazingly successful.


For 2020 we have expanded the program and offered some organization. The expansion includes extending the characters to include those from books, movies, television, and games and to try to choose more ethnically diverse characters. Organization means we themed months. For example, January is “Persons of the Cloth,” February celebrates Black History Month.


The schedule, below, is tentative and subject to change.


January: Persons of the Cloth
     • Father Brown created by G. K. Chesterton. Later produced on BBC television.
     • Joan of Arc. Historical figure.
     • Cardinal Ralph De Bricassart, Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds. Later produced as an ABC television miniseries.
     • Miriam. Historical/Biblical figure.

 

February: Black History Month
     • Kunta Kinte, Alex Haley's Roots. Also produced as an ABC television miniseries.
     • Lt. Uhura, Star Trek.
     • Folk hero, John Henry.
     • Minny Jackson, Kathryn Stockett's The Help.

 

March: Pajama Time
     • Arthur Dent, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Originally a BBC radio series. Adapted to stage shows, novels, comic books, a TV series, a video game, and a feature film.
     • J. M. Barrie's Wendy, Peter Pan.
     • Charles Dickins’ Scrooge.
     • Samantha from Sol Saks' Bewitched (television show).

 

April: High Seas
     • C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower.
     • Grace O'Malley, the pirate queen. Historical personality.
     • Blackbeard. Historical figure.
     • James Michener's Nellie Forbush, South Pacific (book, stage play, movie).
     • Tom Clancy's Marko Ramius, Hunt for Red October (book and movie).

 

May: Archeology Month
     • Video game and movie character, Lara Croft.
     • Steven Spielberg and George Lucas' Indiana Jones.
     • Temperance Brennan created by Kathy Reichs (books and television).
     • A special guest model TBA.

 

June: Sirens and Seducers
     • Helen of Troy (Greek Mythology).
     • Spanish folklore's, Don Juan, the "Seducer of Seville."
     • Succubus - an irresistible demon in human female form.
     • E. L. James’ Christian Gray, Fifty Shades of Gray series.

 

July: All American
     • Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.
     • Hester Prynne. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
     • Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
     • Calamity Jane. Historical figure.
     • Arthur Fonzarelli, TV’s Happy Days.

 

August: Summer Break and Back to School
     • Frank Kohner’s Gidget. Book, television, and film.
     • Jay Berry Lee. Wilson Rawls’ Summer of the Monkeys.
     • E. R. Braithwaite’s autobiographical character, Sir. To Sir, With Love. Book and movie.
     • Sybill Trelawney from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

 

September: Superheroes
     • The original Batman (DC). Costume based on the 1960s television series.
     • Wonder Woman (DC). Costume based on the 1975-1979 television series.
     • Thor (Marvel).
     • Squirrel Girl (Marvel).
     • Spider Man (Marvel).

 

October: Castaways
     • Mary Ann, Gilligan’s Island.
     • Chuck Noland, 20th Century Fox’s, Cast Away.
     • Emmeline Lestrange. The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole.
     • Piscine Molitor, “Pi.” Life of Pi by Yann Martel.