CHALLENGER: Soaring with McAuliffe ™ (Recording of Show performed by Judith Kalaora)

Event details

  • Wednesday | June 16, 2021 to Friday | June 18, 2021
  • 2:00 pm
  • Online - see link below
  • (864) 244-1499

Cost: Free

CHALLENGER: Soaring With Christa McAuliffeMultimedia Experience !

Thirty-five years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just over a minute after liftoff, killing all seven crew members, including New Hampshire schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. The Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986, happening just 73 seconds after liftoff due to an O-ring seal failure, was the first fatal accident for NASA since 1967.

The millions who watched the liftoff were inspired by McAuliffe, 37, who was the first American civilian to board a space shuttle. She was chosen from a pool of 11,000 teachers to board the Challenger mission as part of a NASA program called the “Teacher in Space Project.”

Journey through Christa McAuliffe’s life in this multi-media Immersive Living Experience, suitable for all ages. CHALLENGER: Soaring With Christa McAuliffe ™ pays homage to the United States’ Teacher in Space program and the crew of the NASA space shuttle. Discover the true story behind the incredible educator, the American pioneer, and the internationally recognized heroine. This performance has been approved by the McAuliffe and Corrigan families.

NASA biography of Christa

This event has ended. You can view the original livestream performance of April 2020 until Friday June 18th at 2pm. You will need this password to view the event: neat


Greenville/Spartanburg audience questions and answers from show June 15, 2021

Greenville/Spartanburg Questions & Answers


Judith Kalaora is a professional educator, actress, and living historian. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Syracuse University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture. She attended the Globe Education Program of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England.

Judith founded History At Play™, LLC in 2010 to provide educational entertainment, chronicling the lives of lives of influential and often forgotten women. Judith researches, writes, produces and performs.

She also performs as Christa McAuliffe, Dolley Madison, Lucy Stone, Rachel Revere. She has performed in Spartanburg as Deborah Sampson and will perform as Hedy Lamarr in the 2021 June Chautauqua Festival.

For more information about her company History At Play: