Tour the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds by torchlight...
Spirit Voices from Old Manatee is an outdoor historical drama and cemetery tour. The show opens with a Victorian wake held in the 1887 Church. As the story develops, cast and audience continue to "the other side" for a torch-lit tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds as the sun sets. Here, costumed thespians bring to life early pioneers of the Village of Manatee, veteran soldiers from the Seminole and Civil Wars, and other persons of interest in this area. These riveting graveside stories are based on narratives from archives, oral histories, diaries, military logs, books, and legend.
Spirit Voices from Old Manatee premiered in 2011 as an original living history production. Through this program, the Manatee County Historical Commission fulfills its mission to “preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period,” by offering visitors stories from this area's pioneer era.
First weekend: Friday, October 6 (opening night/full moon performance); and Saturday, October 7
Second weekend: Thursday, October 12; Friday, October 13; Saturday, October 14; and Sunday, October 15
Third weekend: Thursday, October 19; Friday, October 20; Saturday, October 21; Sunday, October 22 (closing night in the historic church)
August 14 – All Cast read-through at Manatee Village Historical Park from 6:30-8:00pm.
August 21 through September 28 – Individual and/or group rehearsals are held at Manatee Village Historical Park from 6:30-8:30 Monday-Thursday.
October 1 – Tech and dress rehearsal in cemetery and church starting at 9:30am.
October 3 – Full dress rehearsal of the church performance in the 1887 Church. October 4 – Full dress rehearsal of the graveyard performance in the Manatee Burying Grounds.