Community Enjoys East Coast Golden Age Theater, High Adventure and Intrigue at the Historic Ybor Square
The East Coast Golden Age Theater transports their audience at the historic Ybor Square to the mountains of Pakistan by their performance of "The Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead" by L. Ron Hubbard.
Tampa, FL (I-Newswire) October 8, 2013 - The Church of Scientology of Tampa welcomed the East Coast Golden Age Theater and their 50 guests for a theatrical presentation of "The Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead" by L. Ron Hubbard, first published in 1936.
Upon arrival, guests were ushered into the Chapel, where a long table was filled with savory food reminiscent of the days when Alexander the Great crossed the mountains on the border of Pakistan to expand his kingdom.
The guests were treated to music from Logan Mills, who played both the violin and the flute. Then the actors took their marks and the action began.
Told in first-person narrative by actor Josh Greenberg, the audience quickly found themselves in the middle of an archeological expedition that quickly goes awry.
"I am a pilot," the actor told the crowd. "Let it suffice to say that I was hired by Lancaster, a professor in a small Midwestern college, to pilot the cabin job they had bought across these awful wastes. The expedition was boring most of the time until...
"Tyler lay on his face in front of my tent. The morning sun was shining upon half the blade of a dagger. A spreading stain welled out over his back...I was seized with the awful premonition that I might be next. Something was afoot, something horrible."
The cast also included Dylan and Eric Cefail, Colin Taufer and Alejandro Licea. Directed by Kathy Sweigart. The reading of the story was accented by sound effects and musical cues, reminiscent of an old-time radio drama, bringing the audience right along with them.
Greenberg, who began his acting career at the age of five, has acted in several East Coast Golden Age Theater performances and likes the uniqueness of the experience.
"It's different," Greenberg said, "somewhere between a radio show and a stage play. I narrate and act in this show, so it was a marathon, but it is fun."
Following the show, guests were treated to traditional guava turnovers from Ybor's La Segunda Bakery and Cuban coffee. The guests took photos with the cast and enjoyed each other's company.
"For me, it was exciting to see a different side of L. Ron Hubbard than what you normally see," said guest Helen Ali, the Executive Director of the Community Learning Center of Tampa. "Here, with the story, we got to see the adventurous side and the story captivated me to the end."
The after-show reception was held in the Public Information Center of the Church, which used to be where hundreds of thousands of cigars were banded and boxed every month.
Ybor Square was originally home to the Ybor-Manrera Cigar Factory, the first brick cigar factory in North America. In its heyday, it was the largest cigar factory in the world. Purchased by the Church of Scientology in 2010, the property was thoroughly renovated and opened its door for historical tours.
"There is so much character in this building," said show producer Joanie Sigal, "and there is so much character in this part of Tampa that it is a perfect venue for these adventure stories."
If you would like information about upcoming community events at Ybor Square, please call Mimi Kintzel at 813-872-0722.
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Published On:October 8, 2013
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