WINTERSVILLE — Directors within the Indian Creek Native College District are enthusiastic about with the ability to exhibit every part their new buildings have to supply to members of the general public.
A method is by internet hosting particular occasions.
They’ll just do that on Nov. 2 when Jeff Hatcher takes to the stage within the auditorium on the new highschool as a part of the Herald-Star Speaker Collection, Introduced by Jap Gateway Neighborhood School.
“I believe it’s an amazing alternative to introduce our services to the neighborhood and to some individuals who won’t have had alternatives or different causes to attend an occasion right here,” stated district Superintendent T.C. Chappelear.
What’s going to make the night extra particular is that Hatcher, who has quite a few credit as a screenwriter and a playwright, is a 1976 graduate of the previous Wintersville Excessive College and a local of Steubenville.
Hatcher’s work for the stage contains the variation of the best-selling guide “Tuesdays with Morrie,” which he wrote with the guide’s creator, Mitch Albom; “Compleat Feminine Stage Magnificence,” which he tailored into the movie “Stage Magnificence,” which starred Claire Danes and Billy Crudup; “Three Viewings;” “Ella,” the musical biography of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald; “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde;” and “Holmes and Watson.”
His film credit embrace “Casanova,” which starred Sienna Miller and Heath Ledger; “Mr. Holmes,” which starred Ian McKellen; and “Good Liar,”
The presentation by Hatcher, the son of the late Virginia and Paul Hatcher, shall be among the many first main occasions at the highschool. The 2-story, 115,000-square-foot facility was constructed as a part of a $63 million-districtwide transformation undertaking that included the development of the brand new Cross Creek Elementary College on Bantam Ridge Highway and renovations to Hills Elementary College in Mingo Junction. The native match for the undertaking was generated from a 6.1-mill levy that was accepted by voters on Could 8, 2018.
The state-of-the-art auditorium would be the good setting for the speaker sequence, Chappelear defined.
“It’s a superb indication of what our neighborhood workforce wished once we did our grasp planning,” he stated. “We wished an auditorium to have the ability to do particular occasions like this.”
Louie Retton, the principal at the highschool, agreed.
“I believe it’s an enormous deal,” he stated. “We haven’t had a venue like this to carry something of this caliber in our district. Now, we’re fortunate sufficient to have one of many nicest venues within the space for productions, occasions, the speaker sequence — for issues of that nature. I believe it’s a pleasant feather within the district’s cap to have the ability to get one thing like this.
“It brings extra tradition into the district,” Retton continued. “The humanities and issues of that nature, which we’re very a lot into. I believe it is going to assist us develop as a neighborhood.”
That’s an element that may’t be ignored, in line with Ross Gallabrese, govt editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Each day Instances, who stated previous shows within the sequence, which dates again to 2012, have been held at Steubenville Excessive College and Catholic Central Excessive College.
“We’re excited to have the ability to deliver the sequence to the brand new Indian Creek Excessive College,” stated Gallabrese. “It’s one other instance of our dedication to proceed to be part of the communities we serve. The brand new auditorium shall be an amazing setting for the presentation.”
The timing to have Hatcher, who has quite a few awards to his credit score and ties to the varsity and district, converse additionally is ideal — the varsity is benefiting from its new facility to beef up its drama program, which is below the path of Robert Zinsmeister.
“With us beginning for the primary time an precise theater program as a part of our core schedule, it’s an amazing alternative for the scholars who’re all in favour of following that path,” stated John Belt, the assistant superintendent. “To really be capable to hear from somebody who got here from right here and who’s doing professionally what they’re doing coursework in is a wonderful approach to break on this facility.”
Belt stated the varsity’s theater program has actually caught on — they’ve been capable of provide two sections of freshman theater; a set and design part a fancy dress; and make-up part in addition to appearing and script evaluation.
Basic admission tickets for the presentation are $25 every. A VIP package deal is accessible at a value of $75 for one ticket and $125 for 2 tickets. That features entry to a personal reception, which is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to six:30 p.m. on the Gaslite on Canton Highway in Wintersville. The night will function a meet-and-great with Hatcher and an opportunity to have a photograph taken with him, hors d’oeuvres, a drink ticket, transportation to and from the highschool and most popular seating for the presentation.
For info or to buy tickets, go to the Herald-Star at 401 Herald Sq., or name Diana Brown at (740) 283-4711. Tickets additionally will be bought on the web sites of the newspapers.
Space highschool and junior highschool college students could have the possibility to attend the presentation at no cost, due to the assist of native organizations, together with the Steubenville and Weirton Heights Rotary golf equipment and the Steubenville Kiwanis Membership.
Becoming a member of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Each day Instances as sponsors for the presentation are Jap Gateway Neighborhood School, the Franciscan College of Steubenville, Essential Avenue Financial institution, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and WTRF-TV. Particular assist is being supplied by the Indian Creek Native College District, Em-Media, the Gaslite, Metal Valley Regional Transit Authority, Downtown Bakery, the Inn at Franciscan Sq. and Wealthy and Shirley’s Fast Print.