15 years ago I wrote a musical of the handcarts, which we produced in our ward, Stevens Creek Ward. I told the stories of Isaac and the Ashtons as well as the company. The program is in this post:
Please remember that this was a ward production, and I was directing. We have our flaws, but overall I think it is done well. If not for Susan McGhie, who made the video, we would not have a record of the musical. I will be correcting some of the historical mistakes I have found. I am putting the musical on You Tube a bit at a time and will comment here.
Overture and Act 1 Scene 1: This video has the overture, Joe Eliason on piano and Elaine Morris on violin. Stan Dye introduces the missionaries as President Richards. This was my first artistic license as Isaac says he was taught by Frederick Smith. I have not found any other reference to Frederick Smith. However to avoid multiple cast members, President Richards, president of the European mission, and apostle, is here. This scene shows Isaac and his older brother William in the mines. Isaac began working at the age of seven. He would come home and fall asleep as he ate his dinner. This is presented in the scene. Isaac is portrayed by my son Mark and sings the son "Living Between the Light and the Shadows" which I wrote in high school. I added a verse for Isaac. We also see James and Mary, Isaac's parents.