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A.V. Indian Museum to host theater event


The Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park, 15701 E. Avenue M, in Lancaster, 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 – 9 p.m. tomorrow.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free. The museum is located at 15701 East Ave. M, in Lancaster. Local Antelope Valley children will perform the play outdoors at the “Little Theatre of the Standing Rocks.”

The “Owl and the Bear” is a cautionary tale about the perils of vanity in which “Muhu’s (the Owl) need for admiration leads to her good looks being crushed during a big bear hug. Savannah Murga will play the part of “Muhu the Owl, and Princess Mayfield will play “Xus the Bear.” Austin Szintai will play “Coyote”, and Shannon Batu will play “Slo the Eagle.” Sienna Batu will play “Deer,” and Blake Bonafade and Orayah Stevenson will play “Rabbits.”

The history of the theater at the museum dates back to 1932, when museum founder Howard A. Edwards wrote an Indian pageant. It was performed outdoors, near the museum, annually 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.”

Advance tickets are on sale at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum gift shop, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door on a first come, first-served basis on May 4. Food will be available for purchase from 6 – 9 p.m. The play will start at 7 p.m. and lasts 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. Pets are not allowed. For more information, call at (661) 946-3055, or visit