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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Theatre, museum team up for living history event Saturday

  • The Redwood Area Theatre (RAT) and Redwood County Historical Society are conducting an experiment; it’s called “living history”, and you can see the final result at the county museum on Saturday, Sept. 28.
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  • The Redwood Area Theatre (RAT) and Redwood County Historical Society are conducting an experiment.
    It’s called “living history”, and you can see the final result at the county museum on Saturday, Sept. 28.
    Steven Collins, president of RAT, said the players were approached by museum curator Pat Lubeck earlier this year about teaming up for a production.
    “Pat wanted to do something big, and suggested our actors do presentations playing characters from Redwood area history.”
    Currently RAT has several actors who have performed in recent plays taking on roles such as the wife of Sam McPhail ·founder of Redwood Falls), or the wife of Richard Sears (founder of the Sears Roebuck chain of stores, which got its start in North Redwood).
    Other actors are expected to play the roles of Sam McPhail and Charles Eastman, an area Dakota man who was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts.
    The RAT/Historical Society event is set for 1: 30 p.m., either in the schoolhouse behind the museum, or inside, depending on weather.
    Collins said the chamber has been wanting to expand the annual Redwood Fall Festival beyond just the downtown area, and the RAT/museum event fits right in.
    An added bonus: earlier in the day downtown during the Fall Festival, at 10:45 a.m. on the main stage in the street, RAT will announce its 2014 summer production during the Fall Festival.
    “Our goal was to have an event that is out of the typical RAT productions,” said Collins. “We usually just do the summer musical, but we wanted to spread our wings. This seemed like a nice start — to do a program for the museum and get some of our talent out there.”
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