|Near one of the oldest interior settlements of Florida, not far from the mystic “Singing River,” exists one of the oldest organized burying grounds on the Gulf Coast of Florida.Your rendezvous with the past awaits…
Manatee Village Historical Commission is pleased to announce dates for the Season III production of Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, an original artistic drama staged in October at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds in Bradenton, Florida. The annual cemetery tour varies each year and two new characters, June Adams and Polly Parker (Ma-de-lo-yee of the Bird Clan) both with historical significance to the residents of early Manatee, join Mary Gates, Permelia Griffin, Ellen Clark McNeill, Louisa Tresca, Rev. J. R. Crowder, John Curry, Captain J.W. Harllee, Major John C. Pelot MD, Brigadier General John Riggin, Delia Stephens and her family, friends and teacher.
All performances will be staged on the evenings of: October 10-13 and October 17-19, 2013. Gates open at 6:30pm and the Cemetery tour begins at 7pm. Those who prefer a seated performance can choose the night of October 13 when the drama will be staged solely in the 1887 Old Meeting House. Those who tour on the night of October 18 will enjoy moonbeams from a full harvest moon dancing across the graveyard illuminating actors amid the aging tombstones.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
The cemetery tour begins with a Victorian wake at Manatee Village Historical Park. The settler’s house, dressed according to the mourning customs and superstitions of that era, is the scene for Act I. After paying their respects, the audience joins the sober procession “to the other side” by following the gravedigger guide leading the deceased and her mourning family and friends. Act II opens in the neighboring Manatee Burying grounds, the final resting place for many of the Village of Manatee’s early settlers. Here actors in period costumes vividly bring to life those interred through riveting graveside dialogues. The stories they relate are based on narratives from archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legend. The audience leaves culturally enriched, moved by haunting tales and touched by the comic, tragic and sometimes unbelievable real life stories of Florida’s pioneers.
Actor, director, singer, musician, and writer, Mark Woodland will provide artistic direction. He has performed in venues from St. Petersburg to Venice in all types of genres, ranging from musicals to comedy to high drama to Shakespeare. His most recent appearance was in Cotton Patch Gospel, in which he played the Narrator and every character in the story. He is a transplant from Rhode Island, and holds a BFA in Acting and Directing from Florida State University. Mark has also performed in original work; He is currently at work on a three-book series called The Price of Legend.
TICKETS: Audience space is limited. Tickets are now on sale. Purchase tickets early! We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available for purchase at the gate.
The price is $15 per person if purchased on or before October 9th. After October 9th remaining tickets, if available, are $17 per person. The show is not recommended for viewers under 10 years of age. No one will be admitted without a ticket, including children. Please call: 941-741-4076 for details on how to purchase tickets in advance. Terms are: cash, check, money order, ATM/Debit and most major credit cards.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the interactive nature of this event, all attendees will be required to sign a waiver at the gate, prior to admission. Please allow ample time for this process.
PRODUCERS: Created and Produced by the Manatee County Historical Commission and R.B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources.
2013 SPONSORS: Hancock Bank, Pelot’s Pharmacy, It Works®, Bright House Networks, Day Planners and many private donors
CULTURAL PARTNER: Realize Bradenton
About the Clerk’s Office
The Clerk of the Circuit Court was established as a public trustee by the Florida Constitution in 1838. The Clerk of the Circuit Court serves as the Clerk of Courts, the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Auditor, Recorder, and Custodian of all County Funds. In Manatee County, the Clerk’s office also administers a child support enforcement program, violence protection advocacy program and Teen Court programs. Located at 1115 Manatee Avenue West in Downtown Bradenton, the Courthouse is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please be sure to visit our web site at www.manateeclerk.com