Scenes from the Cemetery first premiered on September 17, 2016.

Cast and Characters

Samuel Pedlar (1833-1910): Author and historian, wrote unpublished manuscript today known as the Pedlar Papers— Rick Kerr

George Gurley (1831-1909): Member of the first iteration of the Ontario Regiment in 1866, Oshawa’s first Chief of Police— Bill Baker

The Terwilligar Sisters, Clara (c. 1820-1905) and Sarah (c. 1830-1869): Clairvoyants and séance conductors— Raissa Chernushenko, Cathy Partridge

Rev. Robert Thornton (1806-1875): Minister and early settler, namesake of Thornton Road— Glenn Rabjohn

Grace Allin (1817-1894): an average Victorian woman who lived in Oshawa— Laurie Scattergood

Edward Skae (1804 – 1848): General store proprietor, namesake of Skae’s Corners, town’s name before renamed to Oshawa— Al Nichols

Major Alfred Hind (1877-1930): 116th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Major, D Company— Earl Wotten

Thomas N Gibbs (1821-1883): Businessman, Oshawa’s first Mayor, Oshawa’s first Member of Parliament— Bryan Stanish

Adelaide McLaughlin (1875-1958): Philanthropist, wife of Col. RS McLaughlin—Heather Sessions

The Garrow Sisters, Leah (1888-1988) and Lillian (1892-1992): Sisters of William Garrow (1894-1916), World War I Soldier from Oshawa—Kaitlyn Coulter, Kathryn Fraser

Edwin Arnold (1902-1946): Corporal, Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps, World War II— Paul Dobbs

Victoria Donovan (1882-1930): World War I Nursing Sister— Sheri Pereira

Images from 2016’s Scenes from the Cemetery, courtesy of Denise Wilkins

Thank you to our partners

Oshawa Union Cemetery
Ontario Regiment Museum
Brenda Clarkson, Oshawa Little Theatre
Carolyn Wilson, Durham Shoestring Performers
Alexandra Savage-Ferr, writer
The dedicated and creative cast
Rick Kerr, Creative Director