Long Beach, California 2020-10-16 23:10:12 –
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For the past 24 years, the Long Beach Historical Society (HSLB) has shared local folklore in its own way. Every October, the group recreates a meaningful moment on a historic cemetery tour.
The eerie environment was an ideal place for historic fundraising, as the performances are centered around the residents of the cemetery. Participants gathered near the tombstone to see the costumed actors presenting part of the history of Long Beach.
Prior to the onset of COVID-19, HSLB’s 25th Annual Cemetery Tour was scheduled for Halloween. Events always attract the crowd. About 1,000 people participate every year. However, given current health issues, HSLB historians have decided to rethink the 2020 presentation.
Instead of hosting a live event, the group created a fascinating movie. “From Seaside Resort to International City: The Story of Long Beach Lives in a Cemetery” follows the evolution of the region with a 90-minute montage of video vignettes and photographs.
Julie Baltrot, executive director of HSLB since 1996, said he was proud of his team and its innovative solutions.
“It’s a genius,” Baltrot said. “People are excited about it and we are already reacting great.”
Instead of selling tickets for live performances, the organization sells access to video links. The HSLB Virtual Tour combines videos from past presentations with photographs and scripts written by historians Dr. Kaye Briegel, Dr. Craig Hendricks, and Roxanne Patmor.
From October 30th to November 13th, families can relax and watch movies at home. The content is suitable for viewers of all ages and meets the LBUSD requirements for local and state history guidance.
The film contains 13 reenactments, played by experienced actors. According to Patmor, each history segment represents 30-40 hours of work.
“Historians and screenwriters spend months researching and writing,” Patmor said. “Actors rehearse themselves and have five (or six) rehearsal sessions with directors, historians, and screenwriters.”
The film’s narration describes a selection of memorable events such as the Pacific Southwest Exposition hosted by the Port of Long Beach in 1928. Built in 10 and a half weeks, the temporary Tunisian-style city has long attracted more than 1 million visitors to the beach. Relics from all over the world were exhibited at the exposition’s exhibition. The architect designed a dramatic World’s Fair-like setting, which lasted only five and a half weeks. The dining room and courtyard, full of costumed performers, was surrounded by plasterboard palaces and towers.
According to Patmor, a lot of effort has been put into virtual production of HSLB. Andy Zacharais and Anna Kate Mohler, directors of the Jewel Box Children’s Theater Company, have taken on the technical side of the film. Bartolotto thanked Jewel Box and event sponsor Port of Long Beach for their support.
You can buy a movie household pass for $ 40 ($ 35 for members). The Super Supporter Pass is available for $ 100. The History Rubber Pass is $ 250. For the path and information, please visit www.hslb.org.