Casting call for ‘Cemetery Tales’

The History Museum of Hood River County is calling for all actors interested in participating and portraying someone from this year’s list of potential characters for the 2014 production of Cemetery Tales.

Cemetery Tales is in its sixth year and takes place in September (dates TBA).

Actors interested need to complete an “I am Interested” form and submit it to Museum Coordinator Connie Nice by 4 p.m. Friday, March 21. The form can be found on the museum website on the Cemetery Tales page or by calling the museum office at 541-386-6772.

Actors ideally should have some previous acting or performance experience and be willing and able to participate in all aspects of character development including research, script writing and staging. Research and writing assistance is provided as needed and an acting coach will be involved in the final rehearsals as the performance dates approach.

This year’s performance will include seven graveside stations. The potential list of characters includes:

n Pearl Harrison Coons, born 1889; died 1910 at the age of 20

n Lt. James Lindsay Badley, born 1942; killed in action 1968 (Vietnam)

n Victor Rea Howell, born 1917; died 1936 at the age of 20; youngest Crag Rat; died during rescue attempt

n Harold or Fern Shake, 1890s; date of death unknown; pharmacist in Parkdale

n Lucia Eloise Hall Silberberg, born 1891; died 1970; French teacher

n Christian D. Nickelsen, born 1870; died 1946; county judge and heavy community involvement

n Kathryn Oaks, born 1917; died 2001; heavy involvement in local music organizations

n Shizue Iwatsuki, born 1896; died 1984; local Japanese-American poet

n Carroll M. Hurlburt, born 1881; died 1948; engineer in Hood River and involved in a variety of interesting local stories

You will notice that there are several character stations this year that involve younger actors so the museum is interesting in considering actors of all ages from high school to senior citizens. If you are interested in this unique acting opportunity, mail your form to:

The History Museum

P.O. Box 781

Hood River, OR 97031

Or, you can email your interest to Connie Nice at We are also looking for friends or families of people from the potential list that might be willing to provide some personal family history and/or photographs to assist with the character development and script writing.


For further information contact Connie Nice, museum coordinator, at 541-386-6772 or, or visit

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