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The Ballad of Old Manatee

Featured21apr(apr 21)4:15 pm06may(may 6)7:30 pmThe Ballad of Old ManateeManatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208(April 21) 4:15 pm - (May 6) 7:30 pm AreaBradentonTypeOngoing,MusicalCost$27

Event Details

THE BALLAD OF OLD MANATEE is an immersive historical drama with original folk music inspired by true events from Manatee County’s origins.

The Ballad of Old Manatee tells the dynamic love story of James C. Vanderipe and Sarah Lee—and an intense conflict between James and Sarah’s father, the Reverend Edmund Lee. This conflict, shrouded in mystery and intrigue, leads to James’ death and burial in what is called “The Lonesome Grave.” History meets mystery in this unique theatrical experience!

Inspired by true events and the early settlers of Manatee County, audiences will experience this World Premiere Musical among the historic buildings and grounds at Manatee Village Historical Park, including a Florida pioneer farmhouse built in a “Cracker Gothic-style,” Manatee County’s first courthouse (1860), a one-room schoolhouse (1905), and the Church (1887).

Produced and created by Danae DeShazer and Derek Brookens, under their new company The Hat Theater Collective, this interactive and unique theatrical experience will also serve as a fundraiser for the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. maintains the historically significant buildings within the Manatee Village Historical Park to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period (1840-1918).

The production is approximately 75 minutes and will have a limited run on Fridays and Saturdays, April 21 – May 6, 2023.

Performance Calendar:

Friday, April 21 at 4:15 PM and 6 PM

Saturday, April 22 at 4:15 PM and 6 PM

Friday, April 28 at 4:15 PM and 6 PM

Saturday, April 29 at 2 PM, 4:15 PM and 6 PM

Friday, May 5 at 4:15 PM and 6 PM

Saturday, May 6 at 2 PM, 4:15 PM and 6 PM

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Time

April 21, 2023 4:15 pm - May 6, 2023 7:30 pm

Location

Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208

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Cost

$27