The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College has announced the fourth season of its history dinner theater series.
“This season, visitors will meet Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury; be regaled by the unsettling tales of Edgar Allen Poe; explore Christmas in the Great Depression with Eleanor Roosevelt; meet with some fantastically entertaining Civil War spies, Elizabeth Ban Lew and Mary Elizabeth Bowser; and listen to stories of what life was like in the days of Shakespeare and Elizabeth,” commented Lauren Churilla, director. In addition to the show, guests will dine on a gourmet dinner of their choosing while they are regaled with tales and stories of the past. This year’s series will run from September 2018 to April of 2019.
The first show of the series, Alexander Hamilton, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. “Join historical reenactor Ian Rose as he portrays Alexander Hamilton,” Churilla said. “Learn about Hamilton’s contributions to American history. Rose will give his award-winning performance of Hamilton as the country’s first Secretary of the Treasury, the founder of the first national bank and a Revolutionary War soldier. Rose presents Hamilton as a humorous storyteller, as well as a patriot, who not only fought for freedom, but also played a major role in building a fledgling government.” Ticket price includes a menu choice of a 5-ounce beef filet, chargrilled medium, or chicken asiago. All meals are served with a salad, sides and a desert.
The second show of the series, Edgar Allan Poe, will be held on Friday, Oct. 26. “Edgar Allan Poe rises for this special appearance,” Churilla said. “When it comes to influential American writers, there are few more talented or influential than Edgar Allan Poe. Join us for this special October Dinner Theater as we explore the thrills of Poe’s macabre tales. Poe, who was born in Massachusetts in January 1809, is portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella. He will read a combination of Poe’s well-known and lesser-known works. Velella’s sympathetic portrayal of the complicated writer/editor/critic/genius Edgar Allan Poe is based on more than 15 years of study of the author and his writings. In addition to reading from both his trademark and lesser-known works, in character, Velella’s Poe explains the process of writing and the meaning behind his tales and poems.” Ticket price includes a menu choice of boneless stuffed pork chop or petite filet and pan-seared chicken breast.
Additional upcoming shows include Eleanor Roosevelt, on Thursday, Dec. 6; Civil War Espionage on Friday, March 15, 2019; and From the Streets of Shakespeare to the Court of Elizabeth on Friday, April 26, 2019.
Tickets can be purchased for individual shows for $65 for adults, $35 for students and $25 for children. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.
Contact Lauren Churilla at 724-805-2188 for more information. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone.
In addition, a seasonal event, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve on the Saint Vincent College campus.
Offering a lively performance of the famed Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, Jonathan Kruk, Parents’ Choice winner, enchants both kids and adults with highly interactive shows. He is renowned for his dramatic retelling of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and his performance is a must-see for all ages. Hot apple cider and seasonal snacks will be served. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Reservations are recommended. All ages are welcome!