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True North Theatre presents ‘Ghosts of Mt. Hope Cemetery’

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BANGOR – A local theatre group is getting ready to offer a new look at one of Bangor’s iconic locations.

Orono-based True North Theatre will be presenting “Ghosts of Mt. Hope Cemetery,” a theatrically-minded guided tour through the venerable cemetery. Performers will embody some of Mt. Hope’s most notable figures, all while offering up facts and stories from Bangor’s rich history. The event is set to take place on October 5, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available on the day of the event (cash only) or in advance at GhostsofMtHopeTNT.bpt.me.

The tour kicks off at the Superintendent’s Lodge and runs roughly ninety minutes. The goal is to wrap up before dark, but out of safety concerns, True North recommends bringing a flashlight.

True North member Mark Bilyk has led the way on “Ghosts of Mt. Hope,” serving as director/writer/curator on the project. He was gracious enough to spend some time answering a few questions about it for The Maine Edge.

“This will be a cemetery tour that will include visits to and explanations at some of the graves,” Bilyk said via email. “People will get some historical facts as well as a few ghostly encounters (not meant to be scary or morbid). Basically, we will be embellishing a few stories with some theatrics. Info will include general cemetery info as well as local info.

Bilyk is very familiar with Mt. Hope, having served as a regular tour guide there in the past for the Bangor Historical Society, but this True North creation is something quite different.

“I loved doing [the tours],” he said. “I thought of us (True North) putting on a one-time tour revolving around ghosts. The ghost reference is actually to us, the guides, not cemetery ‘spirits.’”

The event is intended to serve as a fun fundraiser – one that may happen again if it proves popular.

“This will hopefully be a good fundraiser for us,” said Bilyk. “If it works out, we may continue next year.

This tour will not preclude the Bangor Historical Society’s Mt. Hope tours. The group will actually be doing four ghost tours over the month of October. In fact, their first was initially booked for this same October 4 date, but moved theirs to the next night to accommodate “Ghosts of Mt. Hope.”

“Before setting the date, I checked with the BHS to be sure there was no conflict,” Bilyk said. “They were going to do one on the fifth of October, but let us have that date; it was very nice of them.”

There’s a lot that goes into putting together something like this, a tremendous amount of logistical balancing and research. But it’s all worth it to Bilyk and the True North crew.

“Planning has been somewhat arduous, but a labor of love,” he said. “My helper from previous tours I did, Louise Jolliffe, has been a big help. I am the chairman of our education and outreach committee, so I reached out to my people to see if anyone would be interested. As a result, we have a group of 12, putting this on.

“So the task was to write everyone into the script,” he continued. “It’s been challenging. Much of the material is taken from books about the cemetery and online documents. We also made an effort to find unique headstones that tell a story. They are everywhere. We picked a few along the tour route and will talk about them. One of these stories will connect a civil war soldier at Mount Hope to Battle of Fredericksburg; that will lead to an amazing story about that battle.”

The actors will play various and sundry characters who are buried in the cemetery; they will also play a number of other parts in order to bring forth this assortment of stories. The cast will feature plenty of familiar faces, from the ranks of True North Theatre and other local stages, including members of Ten Bucks Theatre Company.

Ultimately, “Ghosts of Mt. Hope Cemetery” is an experiment, an effort to try something new. Bilyk is optimistic about the event, and while he’s certainly hoping for a large crowd, in the end, it’s really just about having a good time.

“We have no idea what to expect as far as turnout, and it doesn’t really matter that much,” he said. “This will be a fun event for us and hopefully a stepping stone to more in the future.”

(For more information about True North Theatre and their productions, you can visit their Facebook (www.fb.com/TNTTrueNorthTheatre) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/truenorththeatre) pages or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 05:22

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