Wanted: ‘Lively’ dead people for annual Long Beach Historical Cemetery Tour
2009-09-20 · By Editor
Yes, the Historical Society of Long Beach is looking for a few “lively” corpses. Exciting open auditions for male and female “actors” to perform as deceased characters during the city’s 14th Annual Cemetery Tour are being held Thursday, September 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the HSLB, 4260 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach.
“For the first time we’re inviting the community to participate in our daytime cultural event,” said Roxanne Patmor, Vice President of HSLB. “The Cemetery Tour creates ‘living history performances’ in the city’s oldest cemeteries on Willow Avenue. Thousands of people have enjoyed the tour over the years where grave-side stories are told by costumed actors who bring their character back to life — if only for a day.”
Many high profile members of the community have participated as actors over the years, including Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, city council members and pillars of the community and society. This year’s Cemetery Tour will be on October 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Denis McCourt, co artistic director for the Long Beach Shakespeare Company and veteran actors from previous cemetery tours will be the audition judges. The Cemetery Tour is the signature fundraising event of the HSLB, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
For more information contact the HSLB at 562-424-2220.
The HSLB collects, preserves and presents local history. Using historical documents, photographs, artifacts, and oral and written stories the historical society creates exhibits and public programs that connect people to the past and to the place they live.