‘The Cemetery Club’ opens tonight at Masquers

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  • Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Ida (Rosalee Chamberlain, center) is literally in the middle between her friends Doris (Emma Russell, left) and Lucille (Carrie Glencoe, right) in the Masquers production of ‘The Cemetery Club.’ The play opens tonight.

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    Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Lucille (Carrie Glencoe) wants to get to know Sam (Bevan Olstad) a little better in the Masquers production of ‘The Cemetery Club,’ opening this weekend.

  • Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Ida (Rosalee Chamberlain, center) is literally in the middle between her friends Doris (Emma Russell, left) and Lucille (Carrie Glencoe, right) in the Masquers production of ‘The Cemetery Club.’ The play opens tonight.

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    Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Lucille (Carrie Glencoe) wants to get to know Sam (Bevan Olstad) a little better in the Masquers production of ‘The Cemetery Club,’ opening this weekend.

SOAP LAKE — A play about three friends and the risks – and possible rewards – of moving on comes to the Masquers stage starting tonight. “The Cemetery Club” is scheduled for a three-weekend run.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, as well as June 23 and 24, 29 and 30, and 2 p.m. this Sunday, and on June 24 and July 1.

Masquers Theater is located at 322 East Main Ave. “The Cemetery Club” is the finale for the 2017-18 season.

The play tells the story of three women who’ve reached a crossroads in their lives. They became friends because their husbands were friends – but that was then, and in the last four years, the three men have died.

The three friends have fallen in the habit of visiting the cemetery where the guys are buried once a month. Doris (Emma Russell in the Masquers production) is fine with the status quo; her husband was a good guy and she’s not interested in jumping into the dating pool.

But Lucille (Carrie Glencoe) is more than ready to move on – her husband chased skirts, and left decidedly mixed feelings behind him. Ida (Rosalee Chamberlain) had a good marriage and a good life, but that was over when her husband died, and maybe it’s time.

It’s at this delicate moment that Sam (Bevan Olstad) arrives, at the cemetery and in the lives of the three friends. He’s there to visit the grave of his late wife – and might end up with one of the Cemetery Clubbers in the process.

But maybe he’ll pass up the glamorous Lucille for Ida, and Lucille won’t like that. This might be the end of the line for their friendship, except they’ve all agreed to be bridesmaids for the third – or fourth or fifth – wedding of another friend.

It’s the second play for director Carol Boyce, with Jesse Huntwork as assistant director.

The company traditionally gives the audience a deal on opening night; tickets are $10 each on Friday night only. For all other performances, tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at the theater’s website, www.masquers.com.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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