Obscura Day 2016: Rumpelstiltskin at Valley of the Moon - Atlas Obscura

Tucson, Arizona

Obscura Day 2016: Rumpelstiltskin at Valley of the Moon

Discover the magic and fantasy of George Legler's Valley of the Moon in this very special walk-through performance of Rumpelstiltskin!

Experience the magic of Rumpelstiltskin brought to life at Valley of the Moon!

In the 1920s, a man named George Legler began a massive project... to create a world of fantasy and imagination that sought to carry with it a message of kindness and peace to all visitors. Legler initially worked as a postal clerk, but soon found his life consumed by his desire to spread his message to all that would listen. He purchased the land for the Moon in 1917, and with the help of a couple of close friends, began the laborious endeavor of transforming the desert into a magical landscape of winding paths, stone towers and walls, and hidden grottoes. Throughout the following years, he expanded constantly on the construction while giving tours with the aid of friends and local children under the pseudonym of "The Mountain Gnome".

Legler grew too ill to continue giving tours by 1967, and the Moon fell into disrepair. Fortunately, a group of Catalina high school students jumped the fence and befriended the ailing artist. Soon after, they took over maintenance and preservation of the site, and their organization (now known as the George Phar Legler Society) still maintains the Moon today.

Our Obscura Day performance of Rumpelstilstkin continues a magical tradition more than 80 years old of bringing stories to life as only Valley of the Moon can. This all ages event showcases Valley of the Moon at its most magical as an all-volunteer cast brings to life the story of a beautiful girl, a greedy king, a wicked imp, and a pile of straw turned to gold. Guests will have the opportunity to become a part of the story while exploring a world of unbelievable magic and wonder!

Valley of the Moon is Tucson’s newest Historic Landmark. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit that has been entirely volunteer operated and maintained for forty years. Rumpelstiltskin's volunteer cast ranges in age from 2 to 60 years of age, including some who have been acting at Valley of the Moon for more than 20 years!

Proceeds from the event go towards the maintenance, historic preservation, infrastructure modernization, and operations of Valley of the Moon.

Saturday, April 16th, 6:00pm -8:30pm; Tours and performances every half hour
Ticket Cost: $10; $5 for student with ID and free for 7 and under

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Valley of the Moon
2544 E. Allen Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85716

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