Step Back into History with Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For

July 9, 19, 23, August 2, 6 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert

On alternating Wednesdays and Sundays this July, local heritage is brought to life in Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For, a site specific theatrical cemetery walk with local historian Paul Arculus, through Prince Albert’s Pine Grove Cemetery. With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Lake Scugog Historical Society, Theatre 3×60 has created 2 programs of original vignettes based on the lives, loves and fortunes of the inhabitants of Prince Albert’s Pine Grove Cemetery: Ghosts and Ghastly Deaths, and Fame, Fortune and Femmes Fatales.

Performances are the final phase of a project that started with playbuilding workshops led by Carey Nicholson to create scripts based on actual historical events as recorded by Paul Arculus in his book Pine Grove Cemetery. Local playwright Graeme Powell then completed and polished the final scripts. The workshops, and subsequent rehearsals, were open to all members of the community, and now, a cast of newcomers to the stage, local performers and members of Theatre 3×60’s summer company are ready to take their audiences back in history, under the directorship of Michael Serres and Annette Stokes. Famous, and infamous, characters such as the McCaw sisters, Reuben Crandell, Milton McDermott, Elizabeth Christie, Mina and Mary Eddy, and the Markham Gang will be portrayed by Beverly Brown, Laura Cutting, Evan Descary, Manon Ens-Lapointe, Trish Harris, Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, Alexis MacCrae, Colin Murphy, Laurel Vine-Hansen, Bill Watling, Michael Williamson and Andy Williamson.

Performances run alternate Sunday afternoons at 1 pm and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm through July and August, with performances of Ghosts and Ghastly Deaths on July 23 and August 2 and Fame, Fortune and Femmes Fatales on July 9, 19, and August 6.

Admission to Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is by donation ($10 suggested) at the gate on day of performance only. For more details visit http://www.theatre3x60.ca, or contact project coordinator, Amy Barron (416) 627-3327, or at info@theatre3x60.ca.

Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is part of Theatre 3×60’s Port Perry Summer Theatre programming. Learn more at wwwportperrysummertheatre.ca

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