Season IV Spirit Voices from Old Manatee
Tickets on Sale NOW!!
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 County Historical Commission is pleased to announce that the 2014 production of Spirit Voices from Old Manatee opens October 2nd and tickets are now on sale at Manatee Village Historical Park. This popular living history drama features costumed actors who portray the early settlers interred in the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds with riveting and haunting graveside dialogues. Stories are based on narratives from archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legend. The setting is dusk, the stage draped by century-old mossy oaks. Here viewers learn more about the development of the area from 1840 to the turn of the century. They leave with a new appreciation for the contributions made by pioneers to the Manatee lands through tales of their triumphs, tragedies and amusing escapades.
The program unfolds at the Old Settlers house at Manatee Village Historical Park with a Victorian Wake. The plot centers around the story of a recently deceased young person who actually lived in the cracker gothic style house that was moved to the Park from Castalia in 1984. The audience follows along with the mourning procession to the “main stage” across the street – the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. Buried here are members of Florida’s pioneer families, soldiers of the Seminole Indian Wars and of the Confederate and Union forces and three members of the Florida Secession Convention.
Both the Park and the cemetery are located in the City of Bradenton, Florida, along the historic Florida Cracker Trail, now known as State Road 64 or Manatee Avenue.)
Due to popular demand, the production run has been extended to three weekends this year. Week I: October 2, 3, 4, *5; Week II: 9, 10, 11, 12; and Week III: 16, 17, 18, and 19. *The show on October 5th will take place in the historic Old Meeting House Church for those who prefer a seated performance. Gates open at 6:30 pm and the Cemetery Tour starts promptly at 7:00 pm. 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.
Purchase tickets early - audience space is limited!! Advance tickets purchased on or before October 1st are $20 per person; Remaining tickets, if available, purchased after October 1st or at the door are $22.00 per person. Not recommended for viewers under 10 years old. Everyone is required to have a ticket, including children.
Terms: cash, check, money order, ATM/Debit, and most major credit cards. You may call in your ticket order: (941) 741-4076 or visit Manatee Village Historical Park Monday through Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9 am – 4 pm.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION BY: Mark Woodland
:::::: THANK YOU SEASON IV SPONSORS!! :::::::
Pelot’s Pharmacy, It Works!, Hancock Bank, Bright House Networks, Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, Webtivity, PJ’s Sandwich Shop, Herald Tribune Media Group (media sponsor) and generous private donors.
Cultural Partner: Realize Bradenton
WHO PRODUCES THE SHOW AND WHY? The Manatee County Historical Commission and R.B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources produce the show. Motivated by the mission statement: “Preserving Our Past to Enrich Our Future” it aims to educate the public about life in Southwest Florida in the 19th and early 20th centuries and development of the Manatee lands. In addition, this program also increases cultural tourism, highlights the contributions of the area’s founding citizens, and raises awareness for cemetery etiquette and preservation.