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Holmes Theatre presents "Dearly Departed"

Summit Productions will present David Bottrell and Jessie Jones' two-act comedy "Dearly Departed" on the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes the evenings of March 3, 4 and 5. Dave Goebel of Frazee will be directing the play for Summit Productions. The cast is made up of actors from Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area.

The cast members include: Jim Sinclair as Bud Turpin and Norval; Sharon Sinclair as Raynelle Turpin; David Howey as Ray-Bud Turpin; D. Mae Ceryes as Lucille Turpin and a Joy of Life singer; Eric Abrahamson as Junior Turpin; Beth Wasche as Suzanne Turpin; Jeanine Eiesland as Marguerite and a Joy of Life singer; Matt Sletto as Royce; Jennifer Provinzano as Delightful; Doug Schultz as Reverand Hooker; Judy Dey as Veda; Hannah Meacham as Nadine and a Joy of Life singer; Rick Johnson as Clyde; Katie Sandberg as Juanita and a Joy of Life singer; and Cecil Ballard as a Joy of Life singer.

Meet the Bible Belt kin of Bud Turpin. They've got a funeral to plan and between the feuds, marital flings and macaroni and ham loaf surprise, it may escalate into a multiple-coffin memorial service. By the time the Turpins sort through all of their baggage, they learn that coping with life's losses can turn out to be drop-dead funny.

"Dearly Departed" premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn. in 1991. That same year it received great critical acclaim in its off-broadway opening at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. "Dearly Departed" has been produced in hundreds of regional theaters in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

The performances will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $12 (adult) and $6 (student), and may be purchased online at, by calling the box office at 218-844-7469 or by visiting the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. For more information, go to