What is a Living History presentation?
It’s simple. An actor brings an historical character back to life.
How do they do it? The actor does in-depth research into the character they have selected and create a presentation around the information that they have learned. The actors do not use a script that has been produced by someone else, but have created their own original dialogue. We at MadCap Living History do our best to represent the character as realistically as they were in life. We delve deeply into their life, and focus on various aspects that we find interest, and believe will find entertaining. We do our best to be accurate and respectful of all of our characters, even the ones that weren’t so respectable.
Why do they do it? The actors at MadCap are avid history buffs. We want to bring that enthusiasm and love of learning history to others in our community. Many of us are "actors" as well and push ourselves artistically to portray particularly unique personalities as believably as possible.
How is it interactive? No matter what format or setting the actor chooses to use for their presentation, we have a question and answer time at the end of the show. Often, this is where you learn the most about the character.
Why are Living History Nights donation only? We at MadCap believe that history and entertainment should be attainable for all. We do have ticketed events throughout the year, but we want to provide a venue where people are able to come and see quality entertainment for what they can afford. The actors are paid purely through the donations that are gathered on the night of their performance. This is the only way in which they get funded for their research, time, travel and costume/set expense. We suggest a $10 donation per person.
We hope that you will come and experience MadCap Living History Nights.