Antelope Valley Indian Museum to host outdoor theater event, May 5


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Owl and The Bear play cast.

California State Park's Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park and Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum will host a performance of the "Owl and The Bear", based on Ted Garcia's version of a traditional Chumash story, under the sky from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The play is performed outdoors at the "Little Theatre of the Standing Rocks" by local Antelope Valley kids.

The "Owl and The Bear" is a cautionary tale about the perils of vanity in which Muhu the Owl's need for admiration leads to his good looks being crushed during a big bear hug. Leif Hanson of Quartz Hill will play the part of Muhu the Owl. Newcomers Faith Torres will take on the dual roles of Xus the Bear and Deer, and Greisy Medina will play Rabbit. Kirstin Warren of Lake Los Angeles will play Eagle, and Zoe Hanson of Quartz Hill will reprise her role of Coyote.

The history of theater at the museum dates back to 1932 when museum founder Howard A. Edwards wrote an Indian pageant. It was performed annually outdoors, near the museum, from 1932 to 1935. Edwards' drama students from Lincoln High School played the main roles, and local friends and neighbors played the secondary roles. Edwards named his outdoor stage Theatre of the Standing Rocks.

Antelope Valley Indian Museum SHP exhibits over 3,000 rare objects from the Antelope Valley, California coast, Great Basin, and the Southwest. The Antelope Valley was an important four-way trade route at least 4,000 years ago. The trade route enriched the material and social resources to Antelope Valley residents, allowing large villages to develop near the valley's springs.

Advance tickets are on sale at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum gift shop Saturday and Sunday from 11-4 p.m. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door on a first-come first-served basis on May 5. Food will be available for purchase from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., so you can enjoy dinner either before or after the play. The play will start at 7:00 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m. After the performance, the museum will reopen until 9 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. Please, no pets. For more information, phone the museum at (661) 946-3055 (711 TTY relay service), or visit our website at Join us on Facebook at

Event: Owl and The Bear

Time and Date: 6 to 9 p.m., May 5, 2018

Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for kids age six to 12. Kids five and under are free.

Location: 15701 East Ave. M, Lancaster, CA.

Directions: From the 14 Freeway in Lancaster, go east on Avenue K to 150th Street East. Turn right and go south for two miles to Avenue M. Turn left and go east on Avenue M for 1 mile to the museum.

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