Filming a debate scene at Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, Illinois for Sons & Daughters of Thunder included a number of Andover locals as extras, including Tim Fullbright (on left).
Andover, Illinois is very special to the Sons & Daughters of Thunder production cast and crew. The film called for an 1800s chapel to stand in for the 1834 Lane Seminary Chapel in Cincinnati, Ohio and Andover delivered. The beautiful 1854 Jenny Lind Chapel--named for world-renowned Swedish singer Jenny Lind--was the perfect location in which scenes of the historic Lane debates would be filmed.
Andover rolled out the red carpet for the Thunder production team during filming in February 2014 ensuring that the chapel was set for the time period by removing all contemporary items, the lot and streets were cleared of snow to accommodate 50-60 cast and crew vehicles, and the community generously volunteered and prepared a delicious lunch for the group on the final day of filming. A number of Andover citizens participated as extras during filming.
Costume designer Emily Busha dresses Jess Denney for her scenes as "Harriet Beecher" in Sons & Daughters of Thunder.
"The Thunder production was so fortunate to film at a number of beautiful Illinois locations, including the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover," said producer Tammy Rundle. "It was like stepping back in time when the cast was in place, in their costumes, seated in the pews, delivering their lines about a significant historic event in our nation's history. Andover became like a second home the weekend we filmed there and the town and the Jenny Lind Chapel will always be remembered fondly by all of us."
Sons & Daughters of Thunder tells the true story of the 1834 Cincinnati, Ohio Lane Theological Seminary anti-slavery debates. The controversial meetings, led by abolitionist and firebrand Theodore Weld (played by actor Thomas Alan Taylor), were the first to publicly discuss the end of slavery in America. The meetings angered Cincinnati residents and Lane Seminary officials, who promptly slapped a gag order on the entire student body. This action was followed by a freedom of speech protest and mass exodus of Lane students to Oberlin College.
A young Harriet Beecher’s (played by actress Jess Denney) exposure to the debates and Weld's continuing work to free the slaves sparked a flame that led her to write her international best-seller Uncle Tom's Cabin.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
BARN QUILT TOUR – DAWN-DUSK – Flyers available at American Woman’s League Bldg. & Post Office
COFFEE & BAKE SALE -8AM-11AM - American Legion Bldg.-lower level
ANTIQUE LAWN & FARM TRACTOR SHOW – 8AM-4PM - West of park
ARTS & CRAFTS - 9AM-3PM - W side
FISHING DERBY for ages 4-15 – 9AM-11AM – Lakeside shelter
SCAVENGER HUNT – 10AM-2PM – Start at American Woman’s League Bldg; Completed forms entered in drawing
ARTIST IN ACTION/INFORMATION CENTER – 10AM-3PM - Woman’s League Bldg.
MODEL RAILROAD DISPLAY – 10AM-3PM - American Legion Bldg.-upper level
PICKLE BALL TOURNAMENT – 10AM – W side tennis court
ANDOVER HISTORICAL MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE – 10AM-3PM
JENNY LIND CHAPEL OPEN HOUSE – 10AM-3PM
HORSESHOEING DEMONSTRATIONS - 10:30AM -1PM - W side
HOMEMADE PIE/SANDWICH STAND - 11AM – W shelter
PROFESSOR DUM DUM, THE CLOWN - 11AM-1PM
BALLOON BOUNCE HOUSE - 11AM-4PM – W side
TALENT SHOW - 4PM – Lakeside shelter
PORK CHOP SUPPER - 4PM-7PM – E shelter
ICE CREAM SOCIAL - 4PM-7PM – E side
“SONS & DAUGHTERS OF THUNDER” PRESENTATION – 5PM - Lakeside shelter
ORION COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT - 6PM –Lakeside shelter
DRAWING - 7PM - Lakeside shelter
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
WELCOME ALL VETS
BARN QUILT TOUR – DAWN-DUSK – Flyers available at E shelter
BREAKFAST - 7AM-12PM – E shelter
ANTIQUE LAWN & FARM TRACTOR SHOW 8AM-4PM – West of park
COMMUNITY WORSHIP SERVICE - 9AM – E side (Augustana Church if rain)
SALUTE TO VETERANS - 10:30AM – E side