The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that "Lore & Legend at the Whitall House" will be presented on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
The immersive performance project will focus on engaging audiences in stories from the past while also examining how those stories that have been passed down over time to help us to understand the history and importance of a place. Using the writings of Whitall descendant, Hannah Whitall Smith, a prominent Quaker activist in the nineteenth century, this site-specific, family-oriented performance will allow patrons of all ages to engage with the lore and legend of the Whitall property.
Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, Liaison to the Department of Parks said that the free performances are made possible in part by a grant from the NJ Historical Commission.
DiMarco said, “On the evening of the performance, audiences will arrive to the Whitall House where they will be engaged by three contemporary storytellers who are on a mission to conjure the past with stories and artifacts of the Whitall family. Using props that link to the family, each storyteller will inhabit a room on the lower level of the house, and they will share an adapted version of one of the supernatural stories that Hannah Whitall Smith outlined in her book.”
“The storytellers will be professional actors and they will transport us to another time in history,” said DiMarco.
Each story takes about 5-7 minutes to share. Audiences will move through three rooms, and after the final story, they will be invited to share and capture one of their own family “lore & legend” stories that involve something supernatural.
Performances are free, but due to limited space reservations are required.
Date: Saturday, October 22
Three Scheduled Performance times: 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.
Location: The James & Ann Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
To make a reservation contact DIANE MACRIS at 856-464-5214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or ERIKA GARDNER at 856-464-2158 or via email email@example.com.