Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk, Bloomington

I just found out about the Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk which is coming up this weekend. It's a unique history performance where volunteers research and act out local people who are buried at Evergreen Cemetery. This year's event will focus on those who have contributed to Illinois State University.

The McLean County Museum of History spends 11 months preparing for the event by researching the characters, writing the script, auditioning and rehearsing the actors, creating costumes, and then managing the performances. Wow, what a huge undertaking! The audience gets to walk around the cemetery for 90 minutes and see the actors dramatizing the lives of Jesse Fell, Edwin Bakewell, Angeline Vernon Milner, Henry McCormick, Elizabeth Mitchell Christian, and several others.

Performances will take place September 29 and 30, and October 6 and 7 at 11 am and 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 at the museum ($10 for members and $4 for children and students) or $14 at the gate of the cemetery one hour before each show.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like fun! I grew up traipsing through Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield (burial place of A. Lincoln and 90% of my family). Cemeteries are wonderful, beautiful places. I think my kids would really enjoy this. It sounds like a good way to incorporate theater into their lives too. Thanks for the post!
Jennifer D

Jonathan said...

M and I went and saw Adlai Stevenson's grave at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. There's a lot of fascinating gravestones there.. interesting designs and such.