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Two actors portrayed assemblymen in first person perspective. 6.67 Virginia ratingStar
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Jamestown living history shows are sponsored by Preservation Virginia, which is a private non-profit group that co-manages Historic Jamestowne (spelled with an “e”) along with the US National Park Service. The living history performances vary in nature, location and time of year but typically involve a first person portrayal of historical figures and events associated with the Jamestown settlement in the early 1600s. The National Park Service also offers living history walking tours; a schedule is listed on the park’s Jamestown website under the guided tour link.

The Preservation Virginia show topics include a town hall assembly, a governor presentation, a historic fort discussion and a special evening Christmas event in December at the church. The performances usually last 30 to 40 minutes and are included in the general price of admission for the park.

In the 1st Assembly Day show two performers portrayed both an assemblyman and a governor. They first explained the process and its purpose out of character and also drafted an audience member to wear a helmet and hold a pike as he served as a sergeant of arms for crowd control. Then they opened the assembly meeting. Audience members were invited to ask questions or suggest topics for consideration, and the actors stayed in character as they deliberated or made determinations. The summertime show was held in the historic church (without air-conditioning) and the room temperature was stifling, but overall the show was fairly entertaining and provided a reasonable perspective on the assembly process. This performance will most appeal to those interested in theatre. It has some historic relevance but was most engaging for its entertainment value, especially with regard to audience participation.
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