Talking Tombstones October 15

cemetery-1670223_1920Talking Tombstones is October 15 at Eastside Cemetery near Severance and A. Actors portray dearly departed residents of Hutchinson and Reno County, whose spirits reside at Eastside Cemetery. Performances are at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

As a special celebration of Stage 9’s 100th Anniversary and the 10th Anniversary of Talking Tombstones, ten characters have been selected for revival.  Only five characters are presented in each tour with a discounted ticket price offered to patrons who want to see both performances.

Guides will lead the way through the historical tombstones as actors bring voices from the past to life. This year’s resurrected local residents and the actors portraying them are:

Thurman J. Bixler, bottler, inventor, and entertainer (Bob Colladay)
Sister Broadwell, sister to Dalton Gang member, Dick Broadwell (Marcie McKinnell)
Mary Collingwood, early settler of Pretty Prairie (Sarah Kovach)
The Harvey Girl, iconic waitress of the Harvey Houses (Sarah Winkler)
Solomon Butler, Olympic caliber athlete (John Zackery II)
Mattie Moore Blanchard, grieving mother of five children (Deidre Mattox)
Rivers Banks, early Reno County pioneer, Civil War Veteran, orchard founder (Jordan Gajewski)
Bernice Delano, young spurned ingénue (Nikki Hase)
Samuel Slack, early Hutchinson settler (Bob Callahan)
Ann Owens, freed slave and local Hutchinson resident (Jocelyn Woodson)

Characters in the fundraiser are researched by the Reno County Genealogical Society throughout the year.

In addition to the performances, go to the mausoleum at the conclusion of each program where Lynn Ledeboer, Curator of the Reno County Museum, will provide a fascinating look at funerary related artifacts from local funeral homes.

Tickets are $20 for general admission to the event. Two tour ticket packages are available for $30.  The program at 7:15 pm is included in the price of admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at as well as at Apron Strings, located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the mausoleum thirty minutes prior to a performance.

For additional information about the performance, please contact Stage 9 by email at or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529).

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