This Día de Muertos, come honor ancestors at the Moore Theatre
Are you headed to a show at the Moore Theatre this month? Patrons are invited to bring small items to contribute to the Día de Muertos ofrenda, or altar. From Oct. 10–Nov. 5, Seattle Theatre Group will host this collective honoring of ancestors at the Moore. The altar is a collaboration between STG and community partners: Bailadores de Bronce, Herencias Mexicanas and Joyas Mestizas.
"Día de Muertos honors our ancestors who have passed on to the other life," said Marisol Sánchez-Best, STG's Director of Education and Community Engagement. "It's a time of remembrance and celebration. The Moore theatre was built in 1907 and has a rich history. There are many people who have set foot on the Moore stage and venue who are no longer with us. This ofrenda is intended to honor them, and those in the community who are no longer with us."
Want to participate in STG's altar at the Moore? Here's a few ideas of ancestor-inspired offerings (please note: STG will not be able to return items to you):
- Photos of the person or people you want to remember
- Papel picado, a colorful cutout paper banner
- Fruits with a long shelf life such as citrus or apples
- Flowers, especially cempasúchiles, or marigolds ("the flower of the dead")
- Copal (incense)
- Small crucifixes.
- Sugar skulls
- Small mementos representing ancestor(s)
While Día de Muertos is almost here, we're still celebrating Latinx/Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15)! To celebrate the diverse peoples of Latin American ancestry, Seattle Theatre Group brings readers several stories from artists in our community, a curated playlist of artists, and a resource list of educational materials and businesses to support. Go to stgpresents.org/blog to learn more.