LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Lake County Theater Co. is continuing rehearsals for “The Cemetery Club,” a comedy by Ivan Menchell.
The production is a benefit for the Lakeport Senior Activity Center “Meals-On-Wheels” program, which provides food to home bound seniors throughout Lake County.
With more than 60,000 meals being provided each year, the expenses are huge, and cuts in funding have made it necessary to do fundraisers to supplement the costs. Seeing a great show is a fun way to help out.
There is nothing more satisfying for a director than to have a strong cast a well as a competent crew when putting on a play.
The cast consists of Cindy Strong (Lucille), Kathleen Escude (Doris) and Cathy O’Connell (Ida). They portray three Jewish widows who have been friends for years.
After the respective deaths of their husbands, they get together once a month for tea and to go clean up their husband’s cemetery plots.
Their interaction with each other as they go about their daily lives is the stuff that makes life interesting with many quirky and humorous scenes.
Doug Burns (Sam the Butcher) brings a sense of adventure and maybe romance to the story and Michele Chapman (Mildred), surprises everyone when she arrives on the scene.
These five performers make a perfect ensemble for this funny and poignant play.
Marg Brooks is the director, with Maheanani Phillips as her able assistant director. Cindy Strong is producer and Wink Winkler does his magic with the sets, lights and sound. Winkler will be assisted in painting the sets by Mike Ernst, a very talented artist. Josh Blair is stage manager.
Performances will take place at the Lakeport Senior Activity Center with a dinner show opening night.
Production dates are Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.); Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, September 29, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner show are $20 and all other performances are $12, and can be purchased at the Lakeport Senior activity Center, 527 Konocti Ave. from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, telephone 707-263-4218; The Salon at High Street Village, 1847 North High St., Lakeport, telephone 707-413-7250; and Cheese’s Main Street Pizza, 145 N. Main St., Lakeport, telephone 707-263-0777.