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Historical Park and R.L. Turner flash back to past
Historical figures from Farmers Branch will be resurrected and give residents the opportunity to interact with them as the Farmers Branch Historical Society and the R.L. Turner High School Drama Department present Encounters From the Past.
On March 23 and 24 and March 30 and 31, residents will tour the Farmers Branch Historical Park and interact with the many people who have been buried there. The living dead will be played by the student from R.L. Turner. Barbara Judkins, museum educator, said the event is always a great experience and the actors really enjoy playing historical figures.
“This is the third year for the event,” she said. “It has always been well received and all the families that we portray are very supportive of the event.”
Judkins said some families were skeptical about how their late relatives would be portrayed; however, the actors who play the historical figures are done with respect.
“The families have given us items that belong to historical figures and background to really help us pad our collection and get a rich history of the historical society,” she said. “The students from R.L. Turner really get into the characters.”
Judkins said each student from the drama department receives a character and how they dressed along with a historical background. It is then up to the students to portray the character.
“We try to give them as much background as possible,” she said. “It is a different experience than performing on a stage and projecting your voice. The students really get excited for the opportunity.”
Judkins said the students are the ones who really make the event come to life. They are the ones who sell the tickets and set up the props.
Some of the historical figures that will be presented will be a World War I pilot who was the second Texas pilot ever killed in action.
“It is always neat to see family members interact with someone portraying a relative,” she said. “One time a man walked up to a student and said ‘your my great-great uncle’ and the student just gave him a hug. It is a unique experience.”
Tickets for the event are $5 per person and admission is free for children six and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, R. L. Turner High School Drama Department or the Farmers Branch Cemetery on tour nights.
For information contact Judkins at 972406-0184.