With a new president now elected and a speech going to be made by the new President and George Washington in "The Hall of Presidents here is my idea for Disneyland's Opera House. Since Lincoln is a staple of the opera house as well as the Disney story in the Lobby those would stay. The new story for the theater show would be centered on Mount Rushmore. Granted, work on the monument didnt start till 1927.... having four presidents on the stage would be more effective than just one.
The show would start off like the old show with "We the people..."video segment... and then a quick rundown of the desicion of the four men used in Mt. Rushmore.
After the screen rises, the nearly black stage would show 4 faint figures. Each president would be arranged on stage in a half circle set on a teired stage (much like the hall of presidents)and have a few props around them creating a vingette. As each president is announced the vignette would light up. After each figure has concluded there speech the vingette would dim slightly and the figure would look towards stage left, to the next figure about to speak.
George Washington would be on stage right standing slightly facing stage leftwith his left hand on a chair placed behind him. What ever speech Washington would be giving in WDW that would be duplicated in this show.
Thomas Jefferson would be slightly off center toward stage right sitting behind a desk, apparently writing... a quil in his right hand and a paper in his left. The desk would be surrounded by a few wadded up papper balls. Then Jefferson would look up from his desk and recite the Declaration of Independence.
Theodore Roosevelt would be slightly off center towards stage left. He wiould be dressed in khaki outfit, standing with one foot up on a rock (representing yosemite). Roosevelt's speech would be based on excerpts from various speeches about conservation.
Abraham Lincoln would be stage left sitting in a chair. He would be dressed in his usual black frock coat. He would rise from his chair and recite the abridged version of his original speech as given in the Hall of Presidents.
As Lincoln finishes his speech "Glory, Glory" would start to play the lights would dim on all four presidents and then a projection of Mount Rushmore would be seen behind them on stage.
This format would fit perfectly into todays needs for a historic show while still keeping a sense of nostalgia for the original show. It would also give enough broad rage to offset the thematcial inaccuracies of lincoln being on main street in 1890-1910.