Statues come to life in museum fundraiser

Actor promises surprises, and maybe ‘a couple frights' during family event

Genghis Khan, Annie Oakley and Teddy Roosevelt will be three of the historical figures who come to life during the museum’s production “Night at the Museum of the West.” From left to right are Lou Stark as Genghis Khan, Lyzz Willms as Oakley and Michael Combs as Roosevelt.

Strange things have been happening recently within the walls of the Museum of the West. At night, wax statues of historical figures seemingly come to life.

“We’ve had the arrival of the Cortez calendar, and ever since the Cortez calendar arrived, strange things have been happening throughout the museum, so you never know what might be coming around every corner,” said Dave Kenworthy, a local actor with the Lost Troupe.

Does this sound like something out of a movie? It is. Similar to the blockbuster hit “Night at the Museum,” actors of the Lost Troupe will take part in “Night at the Museum of the West,” presented by Wells Fargo as a fundraiser for the Museum of Western Colorado. On June 11 and 12, patrons are invited to tour the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Ave., and watch as “statues” come to life.

“We’re especially gearing towards children who are fresh out of school and their parents are looking for something for them to do,” Kenworthy said.

“This is kind of an interactive theatrical experience, where there is a definite story from beginning to end, and the neat part is we’re going to have the audience less than a foot away from us. So, it’s going to be neat leading them to the various parts, where they’re going to have surprises and maybe a couple frights,” said Michael Combs, who portrays President Theodore Roosevelt.

“There’s kids, bar fights, dancing hall girls, maybe even a stagecoach robbery, but I don’t want to give away too much,” Kenworthy added.

Characters being depicted include Annie Oakley, Genghis Khan, Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea and Juan Rivera, the lost conquistador. Local personalities also will be represented.

“Annabelle Craft Moss is a local woman who flew with the WASPS during World War II, so she’s coming to life. She’s kind of our local Amelia Earhart, and she’s going to talk a little bit about flight,” Kenworthy said.

The actors of the Lost Troupe hope the impact of the event will last longer than the final tour.

“We’re hoping to instill in some kids who may have never considered even coming to the museum, the feeling like, ‘Wow, this could be a really cool place to go,’” Combs said.

“We really hope people come out to this event, because we really hope to set a precedent with this and make this a regular thing every year,” added Kenworthy.

The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 11 and 12. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for groups of five and can be purchased at Museum of the West, Cross Orchards Living History Farm or Dinosaur Journey.


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