‘The Cemetery Club’ hits the stage Oct. 6

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See the fun when four enchanting widows deal with one eccentric widower. It’s The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell, performed by Plum River Playhouse, in conjunction with Northwest Illinois Theatre Coalition.

Ida (Sandy Sweitzer, Pearl City), Lucille (Melinda Baker, Cedarville) and Doris (Barbara Clemmons, Freeport), all widows, have been friends for years. They each have a different view on creating new relationships with men, and meet once a month at the cemetery to visit their deceased husbands gravesides.

Sam (Brad Field, Mt. Carroll), a widower, is interested in a new chapter. He escorts Mildred (Freda Weis, Elizabeth) to a wedding the three close friends will attend as bridesmaids, creating a bit of confusion. Freda Weis also directs this delightful comedy.

Laugh, and be prepared to cry, too, at the show that deals with the challenges of moving on.

Opening performance dates are 7 p.m., Oct. 6, and 2 p.m., Oct. 7, in Stockton, Ill., at Christ Lutheran Church. Plum River Playhouse tickets ($10 advance, $12 at the door) may be purchased at Stockton Banking Center by calling (815) 947-2000.

Performances at the Hanover Township Hall at 111 Monroe St., Hanover, Ill., will be at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11-12. Tickets for Back Street Players may be purchased for $12 at Village Hall, 207 Jefferson St., Hanover, Ill., or at (815) 591-3800.

See the $20 dessert show in Orangeville, Ill., at 7 p.m., Oct. 19-20, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 21, at 203 W. High St. Reservations can be made for the performances at Mighty Richland Players by calling Monroe Arts Center toll-free at 888-596-249 (Visa or MasterCard only).

For further information, e-mail nwitc2012@gmail.com.

The Northwest Illinois Theatre Coalition in composed of the Back Street Players of Hanover, Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater of Orangeville, and Plum River Playhouse of Stockton.

Posted Oct. 3, 2012

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