One-Time-Only Livestream: The Betty Crocker Musical

This opportunity is recommended for high school students.

When

This performance can be viewed anytime between Friday, December 4, 2020 – Thursday, December 10, 2020. Please register in advance to receive your unique viewing code.

About the Show

This new musical explores the ever-changing roles of women over the last century through the lens of Betty Crocker, America’s First Lady of Food.  “Born” in 1921 to the company that would become General Mills, Betty was a marketing invention––not a real person––but she came to represent far more than just flour. In 1945, Fortune Magazine named Betty Crocker the 2nd most popular woman in America. Originally depicted as white, blue-eyed, and middle-aged, Betty morphed over time as society grappled with questions of race and gender. At once a radio personality, a letter-writing confidante, a cheerleader and a scold, Betty taught a nation how to “add an egg” and much, much more.

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Themes

  • Betty Crocker is an invented person, and the cooking tips and encouragement she is credited for were provided by many real life women. Even when it was discovered that Betty Crocker wasn’t real, her popularity continued to the present day. Why do you think people found this invented character so compelling?
  • What emotions might the real people have felt, sharing their knowledge through Betty Crocker? Could there be both positive and negative aspects to, essentially, being a ghostwriter?

Contains mature themes and potentially strong language. Children should be 14 years of age or older to view this performance. 

This opportunity is offered courtesy of our Project Success theater partner, History Theatre.

Videos

Meet one of the (many) real life women behind Betty Crocker