By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Talking Tombstones continues its residency at Eastside Cemetery at 500 South Cleveland in Hutchinson this weekend.
"This is something that started out as a fundraiser for the Hutchinson Theatre Guild," said Lynsey Becher with Stage 9. "People loved it so much, we keep bringing it back year after year."
The cast of characters this year includes some fairly well-known Hutchinson names.
"This year, we're doing Chester I. Lewis, Adela Hale, Delos V. Smith, Bernice Delano, Minnie Rayl, Mary Collingwood, Clinton Carter Hutchinson and Olga Johnson," Becher said. "We have a really exciting bunch this year."
The event will be presented slightly differently, as well.
"Normally, what happens is people will take a walking tour through the cemetery and go from actor to actor," Becher said. "Of course, this year with COVID, we felt like we couldn't keep people safe that way, so we have built an outdoor theater by the big mausoleum in Eastside Cemetery and people will bring their own chairs. We will have some chairs available for people who don't have chairs themselves. Then, they'll sit among the tombstones and the actors will come up on stage."
There will be three showings Saturday night at 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. Patrons can buy tickets at stage9hutch.com or at the door the night of the event. Student and senior tickets are $12. Adult tickets are $15.