February 12–20, 1955
Mystery at the Old Fort
In this 1944 ghost story/whodunnit for young adults by Rosemary Musil, a family and their maid visit their aunt, find her house empty, and decide to stay. They’re spooked by old Native American ghost stories that an officer guarding the house tells them. The maid, Lizzie, begs to leave, but stays because the family does not want to go. Dick, the young boy in the family, seeks adventure by disobeying the rules and going down into the basement. The old Indian chief, Charley, scares everyone but is only trying to unfold the mystery at the old fort.
Through a series of disobedient acts, Dick and Charley discover the culprit to be Dr Hammond, who is working on a government experiment that must not be disturbed or known by any outsiders, and that is why the house is guarded.
Mystery at the Old Fort was directed by Robert Halvorsen, a recent drama graduate from San Diego State College known for his Shakespearian roles at the Old Globe Theatre, and several original one-act plays. Rosemary Musil also wrote The Ghost of Mr. Penny, which was produced by San Diego Junior Theatre in the 1951-1952 Season.
A JT Premiere! Recommended for ages 6 and older.
Chief Charlie Horse - Jerry Williams
Mystery at the Old Fort was produced through special arrangement with the Children’s Theatre Press, Anchorage, KY. Production sponsored in part by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, the City and the County of San Diego.