Held the second Tuesday of October, Tales of the Crypt is an annual Mount Holly event. Founded by Fred Boosey and Judy Goss, it is now under the direction of Tamara Zinck. Drama students from Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School are each given a person buried in the cemetery to research. They then prepare short monologues or dialogues, complete with period costumes, to be performed in front of the researched person’s grave.
Award-winning local costumer Debi Manire will once again provide the wonderful historical characters’ costumes. Audiences are led through the cemetery from grave to grave by guides with candles. Although it takes place around the same time as the American holiday Halloween, the event is meant to be historic rather than spooky. Many local teachers award extra credit to students who attend.
Student tour guides will escort groups of approximately 15 from grave site to grave site to learn more about those who shaped central Arkansas in to what it is today.
The Mount Holly residents will greet you are:
- Dr. Isaac Folsom (Peyton Hooks)
- Mrs. Sallie Folsom (Rahlea Zinck)
- David O. Dodd (Cameron Minor)
- Mary Dodge (Delaney Robertson)
- Dovenia (Dovie) Kirby (Emily Gardner)
- Samuel B. Kirby (Brock Tittle)
- Captain Benjamin Shattuck (Micah Patterson)
- Anne Warren (Isha Horton)
- Quatie Ross (Michelle Mora Dominguez)
- Katherine Eller Henderson (Mikala Hicks)
- Juliet Neill Peay (Emorie Mansur)
- Mary E. Gaines Belding (Abigail Mansur)
- Albert Stocking (Tre’Vaughn Whitley)
- Mollie Stocking (Taylar Hasberry)
- George Borland (Harrison Wyrick)
- Eleanor Counts (Stephanie Schoonmaker)
- Edward Payson Washburn (Will Frueauff)
- Lillian Scott (Sidney Kelly)
- James Robbins (George Patterson)
- Maria Rebecca Craigen (Angelique Camper)
(The names of the Parkview students portraying the residents are in parentheses.)
The Twenty-first Annual “Tales of the Crypt” is sponsored by Mount Holly Cemetery Association and Parkview Arts-Science Magnet High School.
The event will be held at Mount Holly Cemetery, 1200 South Broadway, Little Rock, from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Admission is free to the public, however donations to Mount Holly Cemetery are appreciated and aid in the maintenance of the cemetery.