Lightning drove Tuesday evening's Chautauqua performances indoors at the College of Southern Maryland's Fine Arts Center in La Plata.

J. Holmes Armstead Jr. portrayed Benjamin O. Davis Jr., who commanded the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of black pilots, in World War II. Armstead teaches at the Naval War College in Monterey, Calif., and has presented several other characters over the years.

This is the 11th year of the Maryland Humanities Council's revival of the Chautauqua tradition. The College of Southern Maryland is one of six sites where the tent shows have been presented this year.

The theme is "War and Democracy: Personal Journeys." In addition to Davis, the historical figures portrayed are photo- journalist Margaret Bourke-White, author George Orwell and Abraham Lincoln.

In tonight's final performance, Jim Getty will portray Lincoln. An Illinois native who lives in Gettysburg, Pa., Getty has performed as Lincoln for years.

At top left, Jim Watson performs songs of World War II at Chautauqua 2005 at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. At top right, Camilla Hirschel of Whitesburg, Ga., sings along with Watson. Above and at left, J. Holmes Armstead Jr. portrays Benjamin O. Davis Jr., commander of the Tuskegee Airmen.