Voices From the Grave: Inaugural Launch of Bourbon County Community Theater

The newly formed Bourbon County Community Theatre is comprised of 16 members of all ages.

“Everyone and anyone is welcome to join,” said Tyler Parker, a member of the group.

“Our board of directors is made up of 10 individuals,” he said.  “This includes Matthew Wells, Melissa Guns, Angie Bin, Katie Wells, Rene Ludeman, Alex Chesney, Whitley Chesney, Delynn Abati, Sandra Abati, and myself.”

They have created the Voices From the Grave event this Saturday at Riverfront Park.

Tickets can be purchased through Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall. Tours will run every 10 minutes from 6-9 p.m. Cost for the event: adults $10, students $7. Parents must accompany children under the age of 14.

Actors will present a short script describing a scene or “vignette” based on a story of murder or mayhem in Fort Scott’s history, according to a press release from the group.

Guests will be escorted through the park to visit each vignette and hear the story.

Leaders will be costumed “characters” who guide visitors from vignette to vignette.

“We tasked Angie Bin’s (Fort Scott High School’s Drama teacher) advanced drama students to research and write scripts about interesting deaths in Fort Scott and the surrounding Bourbon County area. It was a fun and educational task the students were excited about.”

“The actors are all volunteers, who will be receiving the script before the event to memorize and will meet the day of the event to set up their vignettes and go over some simple blocking,”he said.

Each vignette has 1 to 4 actors and is three minutes in duration.

“We are excited about hosting our inaugural fundraising event for our non-profit,” Parker said. “Funds raised from this event will go towards our next production.”

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