The Western Development Museum (WDM) is hosting a new event that will have visitors experiencing the museum in an entirely different way.
The WDM has invited the Live History theatre company to host a mystery building workshop on Saturday, Oct. 19 and to perform the show “Behind Glass,” an interactive performance that turns audiences into participants. Live History is the Governor General’s Award-nominated theatre company that specializes in bringing local history to life, according to a news release.
Once inside, guests will be greeted by one of the exhibits that has come to life. They are happy to show you around and share tales about the other exhibits. As you hear stories from their lives, it becomes clear that one of them is the culprit behind some disturbances at the WDM. The audience will experience a full tour of the museum, while interacting with the characters and while solving an urgent museum mystery.
This event will be held in place of the traditional Ghostly Games function; while that event was plenty of fun, its connection to the collection were not strong, so museum staff chose to go a different route this fall, a news release said. In keeping with the Halloween time of year, museum staff thought the mystery theme would work perfectly. The best thing about the Live History group is it customizes its performances to the individual venue’s exhibits and artifacts.
The mystery building workshop starts at 10 a.m. and is a hands-on, interactive and fun session for youths ages 10 to 13 interested in creating their own mysteries, including math, patterns, language and visual arts. Tickets are $10 each.
A matinee performance of “Behind Glass” occurs at 2 p.m. This escape room-meets-museum visit experience takes visitors through the exhibits brought to life where visitors must find the culprit behind strange disturbances in the galleries. This event is for visitors ages 12 and up. Tickets are $15 each.
An evening performance of “Behind Glass” will also feature a supper in the galleries. The performance begins at 6 p.m. It is an intimate performance where visitors help solve the mysteries in the galleries, followed by supper amongst the artifacts at 7 p.m. This is for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $40 each.
More information about Live History can be found at www.livehistoryshows.com.