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Ghostwalk in Santa Paula

Kirk Martin enjoys his role as a ‘ghost’

Posted: October 15, 2010 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2010 6:00 a.m.

Kirk Martin has played a ghost in the Santa Paula Ghostwalk for 10 of the 16 years of the event.

 


By Escape Staff

He's a headhunter by day and ghost by night. For three weekends each October that's the life for Kirk Martin, a resident of Santa Barbara who returns to perform for his 10th year with "Ghostwalk" - a fundraiser for the benefit of The Santa Paula Theater Center.

"I love performing live in the street," Martin said."Each year I enjoy learning a little bit more history about Santa Paula. The scripts often incorporate colorful, historic locations and events about Santa Paula's early residents."

In fact, "Ghostwalk" has become a fall tradition for many, affording Martin recognition by those returning year after year who look forward to his impressive storytelling. Ghostwalks have been copied throughout the United States, said Martin.
"But ours is the original one," he said. "This is our 16th year and I'm excited because we're downtown in the railroad corridor. We have stories staged at a lot of the great vintage buildings like the Train Depot, The Mill, The First Christian Church and the Glen Tavern Inn. It's a great atmosphere to perform in this year."

Martin said he enjoys the interaction with the "Ghostwalk" audiences.

"It's a lot of fun when the audience lingers a bit to interact with your ghost. I did a character one year who was the only Santa Paula policeman killed in the line of duty and officers actually conversed with me as though I was one of them," he said. "I chatted back with them, staying in character of course."

Martin said he is a stickler for details and loves the hunt he does on his own for authentic costumes and props.
He often finds what he needs in thrift stores, private collections and estate sales.

Ghostwalk will be held Oct. 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31. For tickets and information visit www.ghostwalk.com/home.html.

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