Lincoln College theater instructor plays the
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[August 30, 2008]
When asked to take a role in a cemetery walk
for the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society, Lincoln College
theater instructor Martin Holden said he had performed in a variety of places
but never a graveyard.
Holden will portray Silas Beason, who was the former mayor of
Lincoln and the founder of Beason, in the upcoming Old Union
Cemetery walk on Sept. 13.
Holden says he is thrilled to portray a
person in history instead of a character in a play. "I'm
excited to take part in something that deals with Logan County and
it's one way of preserving the past," he said.
In researching the role of Beason, Holden found a unique
perspective. "I was given the history of what Silas Beason
accomplished, but I wanted to dig deeper and find what motivated the
man," he said. "So many times the stories of the past make the
figures lose some of their human qualities. I'm interested in
portraying the man, not the legend."
Holden said he was approached by Mary Ellen Martin of the Logan
County Genealogical and Historical Society in May to fill the
role. "I was given a photograph of Beason and it helps tremendously
to complete the story. I've been growing a goatee to resemble the
man," said Holden.
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Holden is no stranger to the stage. He grew up in a small town in
Texas much like the size of Lincoln. He played a priest in his first
role at the Sulphur Springs Community Theatre production of Woody
Allen's "Don't Drink The Water" and has been around the theater
environment ever since. After college he worked in various roles for
independent theaters in Dallas and was cast in small roles in the
"Walker, Texas Ranger" television
Holden joined Lincoln College in 2007. This is his first teaching
position in academia and he is grateful for the opportunity. "I love
it here! It is an incredible learning opportunity and I work with a
great group of people," he said.
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