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Colby campers to perform Friday

Published on -6/11/2013, 9:57 AM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

COLBY -- Spots still are available for the public to see Night at the Museum performances Friday at Prairie Museum of Art and History.

A night of fun and education is planned as participants in the museum's week-long historical performance camp don costumes and present short skits as visitors are guided through the museum.

Seven children and four adult participants will be ready to show off what they have learned during camp in a series of six small-group tours. Members of the public will be led through the museum by a guide, encountering figures from the region's past as they go.

"We won't know until the campers choose their characters just who the public will be apt to encounter," said Prairie Museum Education Director Ann Miner. "Maybe 1920s opera star Marion Talley will gush about her latest visit to Thomas County. Or perhaps Colby High School alum and Green Bay Packer Nelson Toburen's ill-fated tackle against Johnny Unitas will be recalled.

"Half the fun is seeing what the campers choose and what they do with the performances," Miner said.

During the free, week-long, afternoon camp, participants will research a museum artifact and a historical figure associated with the artifact while developing a short performance as that person. Being able to choose their own artifact and character, campers only are given research guidance and are encouraged to use their imagination as they get into character.

"Among this year's campers, four kids and two adults from last year's camp are returning," Miner added, "which speaks volumes about how much they enjoyed it last year.

"One new camper," Miner said, "has proposed to research one of his ancestors who was murdered on the streets of Colby. We aren't sure yet how this may unfold, whether in the eyes of a reporter or the ancestor himself, but we are very excited to see how the presentation will develop by week's end.

Each Friday tour time will be limited in size to make sure everyone will be able to see and hear each performer. Audience members are required to call ahead and reserve a spot during a free tour time at 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and performers will assemble in Prairie Museum's Garvey Education Room at 7:15 p.m. to answer audience questions.

To reserve a tour time, contact Miner at (785) 460-4590 or museumed@st-tel.net.

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