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Volunteer actors, tour guides needed for Historic Ghost Walk in Craig

The Christian Church at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Yampa Avenue was built in 1905, after a fire destroyed the original church building. Several additions and remodels were done to the building over the years. It is currently owned and operated by the city of Craig and is known as The Center of Craig. Photographer Lewis M. Hellebust took the above photo in 1910.
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CRAIG — People with an interest in history and a flair for the dramatic are encouraged to volunteer as actors, actresses, guides, and helpers for the inaugural Historic Downtown Ghost Walk, set for Oct. 5 and 6. Historic ghost walks use actors and actresses to bring local history to life, said organizer Linda Olson, who recalled a similar event held annually in Pueblo.

“When I went to ghost walks in Pueblo, I learned to appreciate museums,” she said. “Seeing it come alive, what a difference it makes.”

To make Craig history come alive, Olson needs about 22 actors and actresses and 10 guides, as well as additional volunteers to assist with event operations. Thespians will need to be able to memorize a five to eight-minute monologue and develop a character and costume based on a former Craig resident. Guides should love people and be able to walk several miles. Both will need to be able to talk loudly to be heard by small groups during the mostly outdoor event.

Auditions will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St. Each audition will take about 30 minutes.

Most of the parts are monologues, with each actor or actress telling the first-person story of a landmark from the point of view of the ghost of a former Craig resident. Therefore, Olson said, there will be few group practices before a dress rehearsal and seated “sneak peek” Oct. 4.

“We want to provide an opportunity for people who are older, or a little too young, or simply unable to take a walking tour to be able to see the performances. Then, on the following two nights, tours will allow people to meet characters from the past as they tell their stories,” Olson said.

Tickets will go on sale in September and range from $5 to $10. All proceeds of the historical ghost walk will be given to support additional scanning of the area’s old newspapers for inclusion on coloradohistoricnewspapers.com and support education by contributing matching scholarship funds that will be tripled when the CNCC Foundation uses the money to secure funding from the Colorado Department of Education’s Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

“I don’t want to lose our history,” Olson said.

For more information, email craigghostwalk@hotmail.com or call Olson at the Wyman Living History Museum, 970-824-6346.