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History Dinner Theater: Galileo Galilei September 14

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery’s History Dinner Theatre for 2019-2020 will open with Galileo Galilei, The Starry Messenger, at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 14 at the Fred Rogers Center.

To many the Universe is a closed book of secrets never to be read.  Almost four hundred years ago, an unknown court mathematician in Italy opened that book and laid the foundation for modern science.  Galileo Galilei turned his telescope to the heavens to discover mountains and craters on the moon, four moons of Jupiter, and countless stars never before seen.  Even more significant was his method of observation and mathematical analysis.  He taught future scientists the way to discover the laws of nature.

The Starry Messenger is a dramatic fun-filled adaptation of Galileo’s short treatise “Siderius Nuncius”.  Galileo (dressed in 17th century costume) arrives to present a public lecture on his most recent discoveries made using his newly devised spyglass.  As he describes those discoveries, Galileo’s new method of observation and measurement of nature becomes apparent.  Throughout the presentation audience members are actively involved in experiments and demonstrations. After the lecture, Galileo answers questions about his experiments, his life and his times.

Mike Francis brings astronomy to life with his Stars Science Theater programs. A physical science and physics teacher and formerly a lecturer for ten years at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science, Mike combines the science of astronomy with the dramatic skills of an actor. Whether portraying Galileo, building a solar system with his lunch as the Stargazer’s  Apprentice or narrating a tour of the current night sky in his Starlab traveling planetarium, Mike shares his love of the heavens with schools, libraries, museums and special events across the country.


1)     Petite filet served with pan seared chicken breast duet with a burgundy reduction   or

2)     Ahi tuna steak, pan seared with teriyaki sauce and topped with wakame

Each entrée will be served with a salad, side dishes, soup, and dessert.

 Tickets are $65 for a single performance, $245 for the season’s five performances, $10 per performance for children, $35 per performance for students. There is also a group rate for 10 or more for performance of $45 per person. For details call 724-805-2177. For tickets visit this link.