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‘Set In Stone’-Casting Call for Cemetery Tours


Robbin Davis

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Organizers for this year’s Set In Stone cemetery tours are on the hunt for actors to play historical Ponca City patrons. “This year we have planned what we think is an exciting and interesting tour of our local history at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. We are looking for anyone who would like to join us and help share the history of our amazing community,” said Pioneer Woman Museum Director Robbin Davis.

The cemetery tours are being co-hosted by the Friends of the Pioneer Woman Statue & Museum and the Friends of Marland’s Grand Home. “We have partnered up this year to produce this fun event and are excited about pulling it all together and offering it to the community,” said Jackie Hunsucker, president of the Friends of Marland’s Grand Home.

Organizers are searching for five male actors, approximately 35-65 years old to portray Mr. Higdon, an early Ponca City florist; Roy Grantham, a state senator; George Bret, a Ponca business man, and B. S. Barnes, founder of Ponca City.

In addition, two male actors who could portray a British soldier and a Civil War soldier, both in the 18-65 year old range are sought. Other actors needed are one male and one female actor to interpret Catholic Church history in the Catholic Church cemetery. Additional volunteers are needed to help answer questions and assist with general tasks at the event.  Set In Stone will take place Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Actors need to be available for rehearsals prior to the event and on both days of the event. Other volunteers can work shifts on either day.

The casting call will take place at the Pioneer Woman Museum on Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Previous acting experience is not needed. Actors should come prepared with a 2 minute monologue or be willing to read from a provided script.

Three cemetery tours at the I.O.O.F. are being offered this year; a walking tour that will cover the symbolism on the grave markers; a tram tour of the cemetery with costumed interpreters along the way; and a presentation in the mausoleum with E. W. Marland. Tickets for the event are currently on sale and can be purchased over the phone or in person at the Pioneer Woman Museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information contact the museum at 580-765-6108, [email protected] or visit its Facebook page.

The Pioneer Woman Museum, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is located at 701 Monument Rd. in Ponca City. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 30 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit

Actors portraying E.W. and Lydie Marland at Oktoberfest 2015 promoting Set In Stone.
Actors portraying E.W. and Lydie Marland at Oktoberfest 2015 promoting Set In Stone.