Local performances to stimulate mind and soul
Date posted: April 15, 2014
Wednesday, it’s busy.
• I had the good fortune of meeting Diane Carlson Evans Monday afternoon. She and Paul DelRossi stopped by. Paul’s a primary reason the play, “Piece of My Heart,” is being performed tomorrow night at the WYO Theater. It’s the story of women — 260,000 of them — who served in Vietnam. Many of them like Ms. Evans, who was a member of the Army Nurse Corps in 1968-69.
Ms. Evans was instrumental in the procurement of donations, the construction and the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial that is adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, aka The Wall, in Washington, D.C. Likely many of us have stopped to observe and commemorate the service and sacrifice while visiting the nation’s capital. It was dedicated in 1993.
Ms. Evans will be in attendance Wednesday for a talkback session with the audience after “A Piece of My Heart” is performed. Curtain is 7 p.m. Wednesday. The play is an award-winning adaptation of Keith Walker’s 1986 novel by playwright Shirley Lauro. A New York theater company is doing the performance. DelRossi, while he was CEO of General Cinema Theaters years ago, helped in the financing of the distinctive memorial and developed the friendship that continues today and benefits Sheridan. The play is also being performed in Johnson and Campbell counties.
The public’s invited and encouraged to attend. Tickets are $5 and proceeds will benefit Sheridan College veterans services. Info: Melissa Butcher, 751-3789.
• One more dose of ink for the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Centennial Theatre. It’s presented by the Powder River Basin Resource Council.
Bill Bensel stopped in last week to push along the promotion of the event, always a good evening of amazing film; this year, seven short films from all over the world and the U.S.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. The PRBRC was formed in 1973 and connects with a variety of groups to encourage better use of Wyoming air, water, land and sustainable agriculture.
More Wednesday, still……
• Sheridan High School is representing Wyoming in the national “We the People” competition in Washington, D.C., later this month. Wednesday, the team will be hosting a dress rehearsal and fundraising for the five-day trip from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sheridan College Whitney Presentation Hall inside the Whitney Academic Center.
Tyson Emborg is the team’s coach and sponsor. There will be a slew of silent auction items to be bid upon in hopes of reaching their $36,000 goal. Some 23 SHS Advanced Placement government students will be making the trip. If you’d like to help, or know more about the trip, call Tyson, 672-2495.