L&L players part of Orchard House anniversary
Legend & Legacy, a 90-minute show that combines local history with entertainment, will be part of the Orchard House's 100th-anniversary celebration at Rock
Ledge Ranch Historic Site July 21.
The four-member entourage will perform at 2 p.m. in the pergola on the venerable building's east lawn.
Scott Leonard, a longtime Westsider (now a Cheyenne-area resident) is the one remaining actor from 1980, when the original six- member group was formed through the city's Cultural Services office and performed a 16- show season at the Garden of the Gods through the '80s and early '90s. “That's one of the reasons this is special for us,” he said of the Orchard House engagement. “It brings us back to our roots.”
The group, whose players portray 8 to 10 roles each (dating back to the region's earliest settlers), now consists of Leonard, Stephen Graybill (who has been with L&L off and on since its second year), Will Jansma (12 years) and Andra Brown (11 years). “That's a difficult acting gig,” said Leonard, a Woodland Park High School history teacher. “You have to give totally different lives to all these characters.”
After 1993, the city did not renew its funding for Legend & Legacy, but the group has stayed together and still performs three or four times a year, Leonard said.
As first conceived, the historical dramatizations were intended to be serious, but the actors have tried to add humor over the years while keeping the presentations educational, he added.
The Orchard House anniversary as a whole will start at 10 a.m. and also include bagpipe music, a historical reenactor, 100th birthday cake, participatory art project, croquet tournament and tours of the first floor of the Orchard House.
The three-story edifice, which is undergoing a major interior restoration of its second and third floors this summer, was built by Colorado Springs founder William Palmer in 1907 for family members who were moving to the area.
Regular Rock Ledge admission fees will apply ($6 for adults, with discounts for children and seniors).
The Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot/entrance is off Gateway Road west of 30th Street.
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