Turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests come to life in “Upstairs/Downstairs,” living history vignettes that recreate the attitudes and mores of a bygone area in the historic hotel, which is now the home of the Henry B. Plant Museum and The University of Tampa.
Based on original research conducted by the museum, the characters in the 30-minute, one-person shows are based wholly or in part on actual hotel staff and guests. Visitors witness the sorrows and joys of such figures as Arthur Schleman (hunting and fishing guide), Otis Freedman (head waiter), Henry Plant (Tampa Bay Hotel founder), Otis Freedman (head waiter), Pauline Smith (telegraph operator), Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (former Lt. Col. of the Rough Riders), Henry Dobson (Spanish-American War soldier) and First Lady Edith Roosevelt.
The museum presents “Upstairs/Downstairs” at 2 p.m. every Sunday from Sept. 8-Nov. 10, 2013, and Jan. 5-May 25, 2014.
Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-254-1891, www.plantmuseum.com