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BENNINGTON — The Bennington Community Theater presents “Voices from the Grave” Saturday and Oct. 2 at the First Church Cemetery in Old Bennington.

The group’s first production of the season will be performed outside in the graveyard at the Old First Church Cemetery.

As attendees are guided from grave to grave, such Bennington luminaries as Elijah Dewey, Elizabeth McCullough and Robert Frost will be brought to life by members of the Bennington Community Theater.

The theater group has brought together the talents of the Bennington Historical Society, the Bennington Museum, the Bennington Center Cemetery Association and the First Congregational Church in this community project.

Researched and written by members of the Bennington Historical Society, the production consists of dramatic monologues performed by actors in period dress. Director Ingrid Madelayne describes the event as a theatrical and historical experience.

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“Our goal was to be faithful to the history of these amazing people, while highlighting their humanity. We wanted to show the individuals behind the facts, letting them tell their stories in their own Voices.”

Attendees will meet an early pioneer woman, a Loyalist spy, a Civil War drummer, a Titanic victim, Vermont’s first socialist and many more, all contributors to Bennington’s rich history. Their dramatic and compelling stories, told by talented local actors, will make history come alive.

Tour groups of 10 visitors will depart every 40 minutes, beginning at 10 a.m., on both Saturday and on Oct. 2. Tickets are $10. You must preregister for a specific time. See BPACVT.org/tickets or call 802-447-0564 to reserve a spot.

Ticket availability is limited. There will be an in-theater performance sometime in November.

Adam Samrov can be reached at asamrov@benningtonbanner.com or on Twitter @banner_sports


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