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The Railway Museum of San Angelo proudly presents "Roses for Santa Rita," a live play that transports audiences back to the bustling era of the 1923 oil boom, an event that forever changed the landscape of West Texas. This vibrant production, set to run from April 18-28, aims to capture the spirit of an age where flappers, dreamers, opportunists, and oil field workers converged on San Angelo, drawn by the promise of black gold.


As we prepare to revive the roaring '20s with our depiction of San Angelo's historic gusher, we invite our community members to play a part in this exciting reenactment. Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in stepping into the shoes of the era's colorful characters and bringing this significant chapter of history to life on stage.


Board President Suzanna Valenzuela remarks, "This play is more than a historical recount; it's a tribute to the enduring stories of faith, fortune, and ambition that emerged from the oil fields. Inspired by true events, such as the tale of a New York priest advising women investors to seek the blessing of Santa Rita, the patron saint of the impossible, our production celebrates the spirit of optimism and resilience."


Written by Linda Thorsen Bond and featuring a cast of local actors, "Roses for Santa Rita" is her second historic play for the Railway Museum shedding light on the rich tapestry of San Angelo's past. Performances are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.


Tickets are available for $15, with group discounts for parties of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, visit  call 325-486-2140, or visit us at 703 S. Chadbourne in San Angelo.


In addition to witnessing this captivating portrayal of San Angelo's history, community members are encouraged to join the cast and make their own mark on this historic play. For more information on volunteering as an actor, please contact the Railway Museum.


Join us for "Roses for Santa Rita" and be transported back to a pivotal moment in history, where dreams were as vast as the Texas sky and the future seemed endlessly rosy. The Railway Museum of San Angelo looks forward to sharing this unforgettable journey with you.


For details on the play and how you can get involved, reach out to Linda Bond at 936-371-1271 or Suzanna Valenzuela 325-340-3363 visit our website at or our Facebook Page. Let's bring the story of the Santa Rita oil boom to life together!

Tickets available for Sunday
April 28 at 2:30 p.m.

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