The Spirit of the Valley - Video On Demand

Written and directed by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse

Ticketing for The Spirit of the Valley is pay-as-you-can, with $12, $17, & $27 options available. We would like theatre to be accessible for all, but like many arts organizations, the current circumstances are challenging. Pay-as-you-can pricing means that those who can pay more have that option, and those who can't are still able to see the show.

When you purchase a ticket, you will receive two emails, one with a receipt and one with the ticket link that will be posted in the middle of the email.

The Spirit of the Valley will be watchable on demand between March 22 and April 4.

Show Description:
On a family vacation to their cabin nestled in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska, Tlingit twins Kaash and Shaa find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime! Suddenly separated from their family and from each other, they have to figure out how to reunite and above all, how to save the valley that they love so dearly. Join these clever kids on their journey as they face ferocious Wolves, rap battle the fast-talking Raven, reason with the dramatic Bear, and search for the elusive Spirit of the Valley. This show is fun for the whole family and asks the important question, “What can you do to protect the magnificent land and nature that surrounds you?”

Running time is approximately 75 minutes.

Perseverance Everywhere

We are thrilled to introduce Perseverance Everywhere, as we continue this unprecedented season. Most of our shows this year will be streamed as Live Video Theatre, and as such will be available around the state, the country, and the world! This is a fantastic solution for Perseverance to continue to bring you the magic of live theatre straight to the comfort and safety of your home. Just like with live, in-person theatre, shows will be performed in real time, but instead of gathering in our theatre to watch, we will bring the theatre to you. Productions will also be available for a limited time on-demand. Because of this new format, we are offering a membership program similar to Netflix or Hulu. Simply choose a package and pay a monthly fee to receive various streamed performances as well as other goodies from Perseverance Theatre. This is Perseverance Everywhere, and by purchasing a package, not only are you getting a great deal, you receive the added value of knowing you are helping professional, regional theatre in Alaska to sustain and thrive in these challenging and unprecedented times. Please read below for rates and descriptions of all that is included in each package.


About the Playwright

Frank Henry Kaash Katasse is an Alaska Native from the Tlingit clan Tsaagweidí. Frank is an actor, director, producer, improviser, educator and playwright. Frank received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Hawai’i: Mānoa. Frank currently serves as the Board President of Juneau Douglas Little Theatre ( and has been involved with Perseverance Theatre (PT) since the fall of 2008. 2017 saw the rolling world premiere of Frank’s play They Don’t Talk Back at Perseverance Theatre, Native Voices at the Autry, and La Jolla Playhouse.


Samantha Bowling (Bear) (Cherokee, Algonquin) is in her sixth year as an Artists’ Ensemble Member of Native Voices At The Autry. She performs stand up, improv and musical comedy around Los Angeles, and she also writes music and practices aerial arts. Sam received Best Actress at Campus Movie Fest in New York City for her performance in The Dance, created the comedy collective Bipolar Fantasy Squad, and is a founding member of the non profit film production company Chrysalis Pictures. Credits, Theatre; This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show: A One Woman Show! (Independent Theatre, New York City), The Lowell Offering (Merrimack Repertory Theater, Boston MA), Under a Big Sky (Native Voices at the Autry/Idaho Rep), Written In Stone: Reservations (The La Jolla Playhouse), Informed Consent (The Lantern Theatre, Philadelphia PA), Off The Rails (Native Voices at the Autry), I May Be Dead But I Still Love You (Complex Theatre, Los Angeles): TV/Film: Back to Awesome (Amazon), The Surface, Tomb Invaders (SyFy), Blood Brothers (LMN), Cut (MBC), Dirty Laun­dry (Chrysalis Pictures).


Skyler Ray Benson Davis (Raven) is a (re)actor, writer of wrongs, a mus(ish)cian, and of the Eagle Moiety, being a grandchild of the Jilkaat Kwaan, of the Tlingit. He was born in Juneau, Alaska, spent much of his adolescence in Anchorage; mushed dogs in Tok, AK, and rode horses in Koosharem, UT, for a year and three days. This will be his eighth production with Perseverance Theatre, and his second with Frank Henry (Kaash) Katasse as author, the first being PT's 2017 production of They Don't Talk Back.

Skyler is grateful to be telling this story about nature, and the nature of ourselves. He wants to acknowledge the ancestors of all creeds and cultures, in this digital age, creating virtually in a shared space. Gunalcheesh Haatyeeadi.

Shayna Jackson (Kaash) is thrilled to be making her debut with Perseverance Theatre. In 2019, she portrayed the lead role in the world premier of Sand Moon at Son of Semele Ensemble in Los Angeles. Other credits include performing with the cast of Distant Thunder at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Songwriters Showcase in NYC, as well as appearing in the award-winning AFI film Running Shadow. Shayna has a degree in vocal performance from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, where she also studied keyboard technology. She lives in NYC with her husband, and enjoys playing the ukulele to her 16-year-old chihuahua, Sheba. Her single “Take Time” is available on Spotify and iTunes.


Jill Kaasteen Meserve (Shaa) is Lingít (Tlingit), Chookaneidí (Eagle Brown Bear clan) from Hoonah. Jill is a dedicated learner of the Tlingit language, and is a crafter of many kinds, particularly of beadwork and incorporating traditional methods into contemporary designs. She graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with a BLA in Alaska Native Languages and Studies where she focused on learning the Tlingit language. Jill is now a Language Program Manager for Sealaska Heritage Institute.


Kholan Studi (Wolves) was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM where he was first bitten by the acting bug. In 2012 he moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to continue his studies. After graduating in 2015, Kholan has been a part of productions of They Don’t Talk Back by Frank Katasse at both Native Voices at the Autry and Perseverance Theatre and Bingo Hall by Dillon Chitto and Sovereignty by Mary Katherine Nagle at Marine Theatre Company. Kholan is honored and excited to be a part of this production.

Erin Tripp (Narrator) graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast, where she received a BLA in Theatre & Tlingit Language, and was named the Outstanding Graduate of the Liberal Arts. Afterwards, she completed an artistic internship at Perseverance Theatre. Erin's past roles include: Traditional Woman in William, Inc. by Lucas Rowley, Kutaan in Our Voices Will Be Heard by Vera Starbard, Sweet Tea in the road weeps, the well runs dry by Marcus Gardley, Titania in a Gwich'in language production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, and Aanteinatu in Devilfish by Vera Starbard. Offstage, Erin was a narrator for Penguin Randomhouse's audiobook of 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, which won Audiofile Magazine's Earphones Award. Currently, she is splitting her time between Richmond, VA and Juneau.


Jake Waid (Eagle) most recently appeared at Perseverance Theatre in Frank Katasse’s They Don’t Talk Back. Other credits include Sovereignty (Arena Stage) Twelfth Night (Shakespeare and Company); Cymbeline (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet (Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre); George Bonga: Black Voyageur (History Theatre); the road weeps, the well runs dry (Pillsbury House); Raven Odyssey, The Crucible, Moby Dick, and Genesis (Perseverance Theatre). He has also worked with La Jolla Playhouse, Native Voices at the Autry, Working Class Theatre and Marin Theatre Company. He studied at Cornish College and Freehold Actors Studio.