North Star Theater Company presents a timeless story of friendship, love and loss with Ivan Menchell’s play, “The Cemetery Club”.
Directed by Allison Ognibene of Sparta, “The Cemetery Club” will be performed at the Dover Little Theater, 69 Elliott Street, Dover, NJ, Fridays, June 3 and 10, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays June 4 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Sundays June 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors 65 and older and can be purchased at www.northstarheater.org.
The story takes place in Queens. Every month, three friends Ida, Lucille and Doris, get together – not to visit the park or to go out for dinner – but to visit the graves of their husbands. Ida, the sweet-tempered widow (played by Cindy Rea of West Milford); Lucille, the outgoing and flirtatious friend (played by Krysia Dour of Lake Hopatcong); and priggish, no-frills friend Doris (played by Vernon’s Kim Knabb) are all in different stages of grieving. Their graveyard club is ruffled by Sam, the Butcher (played by Ringwood’s Paul Diverio) whom they meet during one of their monthly graveside visits. A friendship is formed. A few weeks later, another mutual friend, Mildred (played by Sparta’s Lillian Ryan Farrell) joins them to attend a wedding.
The loyalty of friendships is tested when a new relationship blossoms. From belly laughs to tears, the characters lead the audience into an emotionally engaging evening.
“We are extremely fortunate to finally be able to stage this beautifully written play after waiting two years to do so,” Ognibene remarked. “The timing of this piece is perfect, especially how much we as a community cried and needed a good laugh! I couldn’t be prouder of my cast, who during the pandemic were meeting on zoom and read the script. To finally put it on stage in front of a live audience is fulfilling!”
The production team for “The Cemetery Club” includes producer Phil Cocilovo of Montague; stage manager Mary Clifford of West Milford; Madisyn Rojas of Mount Arlington; set designer Nathan Simmons of Sparta and technical director Scott Rogoff of Sparta.
North Star Theater Company will perform “Shrek, The Musical” at Sparta High School, July 22-24. “The Cemetery Club” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com