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The “Dearly Departed Players” of Dunmore, PA performed “The Dunmore Cemetery Tour”
the weekend  of October 12, 2013,

and we were there!

 

I have to admit, I LOVE strolling through cemeteries {during day time hours anywayelectric shock The Dearly Departed Players Dunmore, PA}. The stories beneath the tombstones and held within the walls of the mausoleums are fascinating to me. Even when the stories are in my imagination!

When I heard of a group of actors whose performance at a local cemetery depicts the lives some “residence”, I was very  excited. When the hubby was also interested in going, I was even MORE excited. That dramatically increased the chances I would actually get there.

Why is it that I will make solidify plans for everyone else in the house, but if it something *I* want to do, I am willing to put it aside quickly?
Anyone else out there have this problem?

The day was unseasonable warm. It made strolling through beautiful Dunmore Cemetery pleasant.
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The foliage was just kicking in.

As  several hundred people walked along with us…. 

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we “bumped” into the Players along the trail.

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Can you spot a “Player” among the crowd?

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Some of the Players stepped out from behind tombstones. Cool and creepy at the same time.

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I am not quite sure if these women were a part of the tour or not as they were by a display table, but aren’t their costumes great?

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The area is known for coal mines, factories, railroads, and banking thereby producing both  affluent and struggling citizens.

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The pick ax shown here is a common tool used in mining coal.

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Several “businessmen” spoke of their lives of plenty and we all laughed heartily at the antics of a local law man.

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The story shared by this mother depicted the often hard life of  factory workers. She described how a particular day started out like any other as she sent her young daughter off to a local factory.  Sadly, a fire broke out and 8 children died. They buried her in the less affluent part of the cemetery. It was quite moving.

Sporadically, we met with Players that simply came together for silent performance.

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The gentleman was on one side of a mausoleum, the young woman on the other. They looked at one another, walked to the center, danced a bit to 1940′s music, then headed back to their respective “places”.

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Another one of my favorite moments was the interaction between a young “working girl” and a “not so young one”. The dialog was both interesting and hysterical!

After our tour, I reached out to the organizer of the troupe, Julie Esty who generously shared some thoughts on the group and its history.

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Julie Esty, a lifelong history buff, started the Players several years ago. Currently, the troupe consists of about 14 actors aged 11-77 from various backgrounds.

Every one brings something special to the group -- some are well versed in cemetery art/symbolism, we have a computer whiz, [and] theater techies."

She believes the residents within the cemetery have wonderful stories worth sharing.

Each year the Players puts together a different performance at the Dunmore Cemetery. Although they are not affiliated with the Dunmore Historical Society, they share the information on the Society's page thus reaching out to the community. The performances are free allowing anyone to attend!

The troupe has given several performances over the years, including a Christmas show and most recently a one-act play titled "An Evening at Ford's Theater" as a fund raising event for The Temple Israel in Scranton, PA.
Julie has also authored an interesting looking book titled Stories in Stone: Tales of Life from the Dunmore Cemetery {mine is on order!} which is available for $10 via the Lackawanna Historical Society as well as local book stores.
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The hubby and I went to see the Sunday performance of “An Evening at Ford’s Theater”. 

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This one-act play took place in Ford’s Theater, the playhouse where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Eye witnesses to the crime are “detained” on earth until one of them can recall the events that took place that fateful evening. Each “detainee” shares their version of what happened–in the hopes they can jar her memory.

Unfortunately, she is found to be inebriated to the point of passing out before they can carry out this task.  

Among the witnesses were a street boy, a young singer, an actress, a Christian woman who swore going to the theater was just NO good, even theater owner Mr. Ford, plus several others.  With masterful precision, each Player represented their characters with historical accuracy and respectful humor.

We are looking forward to whatever future performances the Dearly Departed Players offer. They bring quality family fun to our small town area!

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Photo courtesy of Julie Esty

 


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One Response

  1. Beautiful photos! Now I’m very interested in seeing this troupe!
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