"Treasure of a Silverton Ghost" will be performed July 20-22 at a Threatre Group's new space at 1303 Greene Street.
Over the last seven weeks, the Silverton Summer Youth Program has focused on exploring many worlds, which has been their theme for the summer.
Recently, they have been learning about historical worlds, especially discovering what Silverton was like before they were born. Last week, they interviewed several community members about life in the past.
During an interview, lifelong Silverton resident Gerald Swanson told a group of children about sledding on Flexible Fliers and saving up to go to the Sunday matinee at the Lode Theatre when he was their age.
In another group, Nolan Swonger asked “old-timer” Judy Zimmerman, “Did they really have bad coffee back then?”
He came back to camp eagerly telling other children about how people would brew coffee grounds by putting them in their socks: “They used to drink socky coffee!”
To her group, Jackie Kerwin described coming to Silverton and working at the library in past years.
Erland Rayos was delighted to learn that Penny Moore used to ride a horse to school, and Bear Roof asked her about the games she played as a child.
The research will culminate in the production of “Treasure of a Silverton Ghost,” an original work written and directed by Randi Foster, Silverton Summer Youth Program director. This historical fantasy play melds present-day Silverton, historical Silverton in the year 1920, and tommyknocker and ghost lore.
Three children (played by Marley Roberts, Hannah deKay, and Kazuo Salazar) discover the old diary of a young girl named Gemma (Raelen Barr) who came to Silverton on the train in the year 1920. Gemma’s adventures along with her friend Malcolm (Malachy Swonger) include ghosts, a riddle, a treasure map, a special tommyknocker, and the pursuit of a gold strike.
Meanwhile, in 2012, the three children follow Gemma’s story through her diary and have an adventure of their own.
The Silverton Standard, and then later in time, the Silverton Standard & the Miner, provides historical context in the play.
Learn how the children’s research influenced their play by coming to see “Treasure of a Silverton Ghost.”
“Treasure of a Silverton Ghost” will be performed Friday-Sunday, July 20-22 at 7 p.m. each evening, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday at A Theatre Group’s new space at 1303 Greene Street.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children
For reservations, mail A Theatre Group, P.O. Box 56, Silverton, CO 81433, phone 387-5337, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org