History comes alive at museum as part of Library 50th anniversary

Above: Security guard speaking with Ethan Denty and Garry Radford.

by Lucie Roy

The event takes place half hour before closing time at the Musee Morinville Museum.

An exhibit in period clothing comes to life. She tries to find her identity. Items from the past trigger memories. She wanders through the museum searching for clues.

The interactive performance required the audience/participants to walk through the museum from room to room trying to uncover clues and puzzles before the museum closes for the night.

They follow the character as she gives clues to her life, her history, her family and what she did for a living.

The group must work together to solve the mystery.

The Morinville Historical & Cultural Society selected the mystery character, which was Sarah Laurence, born in 1856, who married Israel Rondeau in Quebec and they had 18 children. They arrived in Morinville in 1892 where she ran a boarding house and acted as midwife and healer. During her time in Morinville, she delivered 1108 babies.

The event held on Saturday at the Musee Morinville Museum was the Live History acting group consisting of Jasmine Bowen, Joshua Kitz and Tom Blazejewicz. They performed Circa, a live acting mystery production which incorporated Morinville History.

Live History also hosted Free Acting Workshops Saturday morning at the library.

Live History is currently on a 5-week performance tour in the Prairies.

This was all part of the Morinville Community Library 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

Saturday night wrapped up the week-long celebration with a formal gala evening at the museum with food catered by Chef Phil Hughes, music by Sheldon Fingler, and an historical play by Maureen Rooney and Paul Punyi.

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