Each summer at the Accokeek Foundation, museum theatre hopefuls audition for the opportunity to participate in the Foundation’s unique program that provides intensive training in Museum Theatre–a form of live performance used to educate and engage visitors at museums around the world. A handful of interns are then selected and receive intensive training in living history interpretation as they research, develop, and present museum theatre performances at the National Colonial Farm, an outdoor museum complete with historic buildings and heritage breed animals, on the Potomac River. Beginning each June, the program lasts for seven weeks, with “vignette” performances each weekend, and concludes with an interactive performance during the annual Colonial Day event. This year, the Accokeek Foundation’s Board of Trustees has committed a $2,500 challenge to help us meet our $5,000 goal for this program. With your help we can reach our fundraising challenge to support museum theatre at the National Colonial Farm! Your support will allow us to provide period clothing for the interns, supplies for colonial demonstrations (foodways, textile arts, and agriculture), and materials and props for performances. If you’ve been out to see the performances, you know the entertainment quality of the presentation, as well as the attention to important historical details of colonial life. The performances are funny, interactive, and educational. We hope that you’ll make a contribution to show your support for this program today.
How You Can Show Your Support for Museum Theatre at the National Colonial Farm
View the photo slideshow from the Museum Theatre program at the National Colonial Farm.