History collides with reality: Prairietown wedding interpreters to marry in real life


Laura Carter and John Mortell will be the bride and groom in Prairietown’s upcoming McClure-Cox wedding. The couple will also be getting married in real life in November.

By Hannah Kiefer
For many years when she was a youth interpreter, Laura Carter played the groom’s younger sister in the 1836 Prairietown wedding every summer, when characters Ada Noreen McClure and James Cox get married.

This summer, however, she’ll be playing the role of the bride. And Laura’s real-life fiancé, John Mortell, will be waiting for her as the groom. It’s the first time in recent memory that a real-life couple has been fake-married in the Prairietown wedding.

“I think it’ll be fun,” Laura said. “It’s good practice,” John laughed. Continue reading

2 interpreters to entertain youth at weekend theater festival

Conner Prairie interpreter Jason Adams, along with Taylor Coonce, will perform this weekend at the Children’s Theatre Festival at the Fort, a benefit for local youth.

Staff Report
Two Conner Prairie interpreters will be active this weekend, acting in plays and performing other pieces at a special Indy Fringe theater benefit for youth.

The Children’s Theatre Festival at the Fort will be from 2-7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Fort Benjamin Harrison, located at 8920 Otis Ave. in Lawrence. The two-day theater festival is a benefit for local youth interested in the arts, especially acting and performing. Continue reading