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Casting call looms for 2013 Cemetery Tales

The History Museum of Hood River County is putting out a casting call for production of its 2013 Cemetery Tales. This is the fifth year for this cultural heritage event co-sponsored by Idlewilde Cemetery.

Anyone interested in first-person dramatic portrayals and Hood River County history is welcome to apply to be considered for a part in this historical production.

Potential actors are asked to complete a short “I am interested” application which can be found on the museum website at www.co.hood-river.or.us/museum (click on Cemetery Tales on the left bar) or by contacting the museum office at 541-386-6772 or thehistorymuseum@hre-cn.net. Deadline for submission is March 12.

The Cemetery Tales event is held at Idlewilde Cemetery in September. The exact date will be announced in May.

Last year’s event, like previous years, was sold out, with more than 360 people attending the performances over three days

Actors and actresses selected for this year’s performance must be able to commit to the process of persona research, script development for a 5-7-minute performance and multiple performance dates in September (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

The History Museum is looking for dedicated men and women willing to volunteer their time and talents to make this unique and special annual event a success.

Following is a list of the people being considered for portrayal this year. If you are related to or have information and photographs about any of these people and are willing to share details, you are asked to contact the museum office. Personal stories and family photographs are always helpful to assist the actors in creating the most accurate and engaging story.

Need actors

Jennie Shoemaker — crossed the plains in a covered wagon at age 3

Phillip Carroll — served in the director of the American Relief Administration in Russia in 1921-22 during the great famine

Alva Day — avid photographer and local fish and wildlife administrator

Todd Culbertson Family — Parkdale family that started Culbertson Hays Lumber Co.

Ludwig Struck Family — Early orchard family

Neighbors of Woodcraft: Phoebe Koberg — mid-century care facility told from someone who worked there (possibly already assigned)

T.J. Miller — circa 1921, lived on a ranch on Country Club Road (looking for more family information)

Already assigned

Bessie Henry and Emily Park — Ann Maguire and Rachel Short

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