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Haunted Rails & Tales: Railroad City Horror Stories [Auditions]

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Join the Railroaders Memorial Museum on Saturdays, October 8, 15, and 22 for Haunted Rails & Tales: Railroad City Horror Stories. While on a tour of the former Master Mechanics Building, visitors will discover that the exhibits come to life at night, animated by new haunted artifacts. As dormant tableaus awaken, attendees will meet several characters, woefully entombed in the museum’s mannequins. These portrayals will tell haunting tales of Altoona’s horrific railroading past—based on true events of death, dismemberment, and sacrifice.

Event Dates: October 8, 15, & 22, 2022
Event Tours: 6PM & 7PM (5PM Arrival)
Location: Railroaders Memorial Museum
Payment: $300 Total ($100 Per Saturday)

Audition Dates: August 22 & 23, 2022
Audition Time: 6PM-7:30PM
Location: Railroaders Memorial Museum

Event Coordinator:
Mark Frederick
Emily Evey

Character Descriptions:

Searching for talented actors who will accurately portray real, historical individuals and be respectful of the true stories they share.

[James Corbett] African American male, can play 25-35 years old. Pullman Porter. Courteous. Tough. Resourceful. Prideful. Cares about fellow workers and their trials. Story of a runaway car and the porter who saved its passengers – February 28, 1947.

[Kelly Bowman] Caucasian male, can play 30-40 years old. Bar and hotel owner. Hospitable. Criminal. Sneaky. Mercenary. Thirsty for recognition, power, and money. Story of Railroad City’s nightlife and a brutal murder in Little Italy – June 27, 1921.

[Willis Fleck] Caucasian female, can play 25-45 years old. Sister and neighbor. Somber. Mournful. Resentful. Vengeful. Wants her sister’s killer brought to justice. Story of a disturbed Altoona doctor and his wife’s butchering – April 10, 1884.

[Merib Main] Caucasian female, can play 45-55 years old. Bookkeeper and mother. Entrepreneurial. Smart. Brave. Heartfelt. Yearns for the return of her son’s circus. Story of Walter L. Main’s circus train wreck and its bizarre aftermath – May 30, 1893.

[Josephine Thompson] Caucasian female, can play 25-35 years old. PRR laborer. Hardworking. Strong. Audacious. Comedic. Demands respect and a reliable income. Story of WWII women railroaders and Altoona’s first female fatality – June 23, 1943.

[Arvilla Knisley] Caucasian female, can play 25-35 years old. PRR registered nurse. Caring. Smart. Dedicated. Remorseful. Preaches the importance of railroad safety. Story of a mysterious accident and the medical community involved – August 9, 1935.

[H.B. Rodman] Caucasian male, can play 25-35 years old. PRR chemist and scientist. Hardworking. Smart. Precise. Regretful. Wishes he had helped his glum co-worker. Story of a clerk and his unfortunate demise at the testing lab – May 16, 1913.


August 22
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Altoona Railroader’s Memorial Museum
1300 Ninth Avenue
Altoona, 16602
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