Live History Theatre

Live History Theatre

Posted on Thursday May 03, 2018 at 09:35AM

 It was a near sell out crowd that gathered at the Crossroads Museum in Mannville Friday night for two live history theatre performances.  By chance, Library Manager, Brenda Walker noticed an email come across her computer from Jasmine Bowen.  Intrigued by the prospect of a live theatre Walker sent a reply giving several facts about the small village of Mannville: the first telephone office, first municipal hospital, Booher murders of 1928 and the first white settlers in the area which began the planning stage of bringing a Live History Theatre from Ottawa, Ontario to Mannville, Alberta.  
Jasmine started her acting career at the age of 9, followed her dream of theatre and through her love of history formed her own company performing live history for audiences around the world. Jasmine and her fellow actors started off 2018 in Halifax and will finish the year in Australia/New Zealand. 

Upon arriving in Mannville Jasmine and fellow actor, Joshua gave two one hour workshops for Grades 3, 4 & 5 followed by Grades 6, 7 and 8.  After walking through the stages of how to devise a mystery performance the students were divided into groups and encouraged to think of a mini performance of their own. 
Following the workshops Jasmine and Joshua proceeded to the Crossroads Museum to rehearse the evening performances. With room for only 30 guests per show the audiences gathered around the many artifacts of the museum to witness the appearance of the mystery guest, confused of who she was, where she was and what year it was.  Throughout the evening visitors interacted with the mystery guest solving clues, seeking and unlocking treasure boxes to finally help the mystery guest remember her identity.  The mystery guest Sorine Boe was the first white settler in the Mannville area.  Descendants of Mrs. Boe still reside at the original homestead north of Mannville.  

Author: Mannville Centennial Public Library


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