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The Cemetery Club a long-time crowd favourite

Pictured above are cast members from CentreStage Theatre’s production of The Cemetery Club.
Pictured above are cast members from CentreStage Theatre’s production of The Cemetery Club. - Contributed

Poignant dramedy takes CentreStage

As the summer starts winding down and the hustle and bustle of back to school takes over, on the weekends when people need a break, they can take in the latest show being produced by CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, called The Cemetery Club. Audiences will not be disappointed in this crowd favourite that was produced many years ago but has never failed to entertain over the years.

The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell, is a poignant drama with wonderful comedic elements and anyone who liked The Golden Girls will love Ida, Lucille and Doris. They’re three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves in this touching play about cherishing the past and embracing the future.

The play was well received when it first premiered and boasts such wonderfully written characters, it’s no wonder audiences can connect with it so well. The play was turned into a 1993 film starring Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd and Danny Aiello, and, once again, received terrific reviews because of its timeless feel and presentation.

CentreStage Theatre, known for top quality community theatre productions, fresh off the success of Red Plaid Shirt, is excited to present The Cemetery Club to its audiences of both loyal repeat patrons and newcomers.

The Cemetery Club is directed by CentreStage Theatre regular Chérie Zinck with Elva Kelley as stage manager and Ernest Zinck on lights and sounds. The cast of very talented actors and actresses, in order of appearance, includes: Bethan Delorme, Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk, Diana Bishop, Bryen Stoddard and Gwenyth Dwyn.

The Cemetery Club will be performed on Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28, as well as Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12, with matinee performances on Sunday Sept. 22 and Sunday Sept. 29. CentresStage Theatre front of house opens at 6:45 p.m. for the evening performances and 1:15 p.m. for the matinees. Tickets are adults $15; seniors/students $12; children aged 12 and under, $5. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only and reservations are highly recommended and are held until 15 minutes before show time. Please call 902-678-8040 for reservations and visit www.centrestagetheatre.ca for all the news about upcoming shows, auditions and special events.

Each month CentreStage Theatre features an artist in the lobby for each show and this month visitors will see the beautiful work of feature artist Carolyn Mallory. And with each show at the theatre comes a new door prize draw and this production features some awesome items. Wolfville resident Pat Pocklington is donating a copy of her late husband Rogers’ book of short stories and poetry and will also be selling copies of the book during the run of the show, with all proceeds going to the Kings County Hospice Foundation. As well, there are tickets to the Valley Ghost Walks, a beautiful fall print by local photographer Jim Comer and some CentreStage passes. All monies earned during the run for the door prizes goes right back to into theatre maintenance. Come enjoy the little theatre with the big heart.

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