Thursday evening, I attended “The Nutcracker” with co-worker and friend Becky Martini. We grabbed some dinner before we went to the show — my first at the Whitney Center for the Arts.
Performers put on a stellar show — parents giggled and clapped; grandparents did the same. Many attendees brought flowers for their favorite little stars of the show.
After the show, the hallways were full of joyful, proud dancers and their families.
The facility impressed me. I have taken in many plays across the states and even in the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia. The Sheridan College spot, while smaller than some of the other venues, included top-notch details. The newsroom from The Press will attend the lecture by Thomas Friedman in February. We’re looking forward to it.
We’re lucky to have so many facilities and people promoting the arts here in Sheridan County.
In terms of entertainment, I’m likely to take in a number of movies over the next few months — a great escape from the cold of Wyoming winters. The comfortable and accommodating Centennial Theatres rarely disappoints. I missed most of the fall film festival, but I’m counting on some big upcoming releases.
• “Ferdinand.” Yep, I know it’s an animated feature, but I have a soft spot for children’s books turned into movies. The movie is based on the book by Robert Lawson. It follows Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart who is often mistaken for a dangerous animal.
• “The Post.” This one, expected to be released in January, tells the story of journalists working to publish The Pentagon Papers, detailing the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Some big stars in this one — Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to name a couple. This might be another outing for The Sheridan Press.
• The slew of Avengers and superhero movies. I’m not a huge comic book fan (I’ve only ever read one or two), but I like the movies. There’s something uplifting about how people in the movies respond to chaos and destruction. Coming up are “Aquaman” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
• “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Harry Potter fans rejoice! This film is a followup to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” an instant favorite in my book. All of the creatures spur memories of the books and the imagination that easily pairs with such stories.
The options will likely be endless, with some great films and some not so great films throughout the winter. But, grab a bag of popcorn from the concession stand to take it all in. Plus, check for your names in the classifieds section of The Press for a chance to win tickets to the movies.
More Christmas joy will come next week. Check the community calendar at thesheridanpress.com or sheridanwyomingchamber.org for a list of area happenings. If you’re bored in Sheridan, you’re not paying attention to everything going on in our community!