Players de Noc returns to the stage

ESCANABA — After a forced hiatus because of COVID-19, Players de Noc announced they will be presenting their first show in the Bonifas theatre since March 2020. The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell, will open September 24, 25, 30 and October 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. matinee on Sept. 26.

Although part of the play’s action does take place in a cemetery, it is a touching and humorous look at three Jewish widows who meet once a month to visit their husbands’ graves. Of the three women, Ida (Lynn Soderberg) is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, while Lucille (Samantha Komay) is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun. The third part of the trio is Doris (Christine Madalinski) who is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam (Mike Peitsch) the local butcher enters the scene. Will a budding romance between Ida and Sam be squashed by her close friends or another widow Mildred (Lisa Wangrud)?

The production is directed by Georgia Wilder Peitsch, with Dawn Martin as stage manager. Set construction and lighting duties are by Jim Soderberg, costumes by Jolie Dzanbozoff, and props by Lisa Wangrud. Other tech assistants include Pete Dzanbozoff, Lew Reynolds, Brad Roll, Beth Peterson, Kerry Madalinski, Jon Flath, Mary Ross-Dubord and Shannon Dubord. Set design by Jamie and Beth Peterson.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce or on Players website at PlayersdeNoc.org. Current

COVID Michigan guidelines will be in place.


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