As I mentioned in a previous column, I directed plays at Wyoming Area for approximately 20 years. Like most things in life, to put on a high school play doesn’t seem like a big thing. Think of those old movies where someone like Micky Rooney yells, “Hey kids, let’s put on a play!” The next thing you know, some guy is carrying a ladder, girls are painting, someone is hoisting a curtain as kids practice dance steps and sing in perfect pitch. Voila! Opening night. Well, it’s not quite like that, but if you stretch all of those activities out in real time to about three months, it’s pretty close.
The part the old movie never showed is the enormous task of funding the show. Where does the money come from to buy paint, brushes, lumber, screws, fabric and makeup? Who pays for microphone and light rentals? Do you have any idea of the fees to rent music and pay royalties? Thousands, especially for a popular play like “Grease.” When you tally up all of the expenses, we are talking big bucks.
I once did a play that cost more than $20,000. Don’t get alarmed. The money does not come out of tax dollars. Fortunately, the club sells a lot of tickets. That puts a dent in it. The rest is raised by dedicated parents who work tirelessly to give their kids a show to remember.
This year’s show is “Mama Mia.” I have no idea what those royalties are, but I’ll bet even I would gasp.
Wyoming Area Drama consistently mounts excellent plays. It is an organization that we all can be proud of and one that is worthy of community support. If you own a business, kids will be showing up at your door asking you to purchase an ad in their program. It’s a bargain considering that about 2,000 people will see it over the course of three days. Ads aren’t just for businesses. If you know someone in the show, or a student working backstage, take out an ad to congratulate him or her. Take out an ad even if you don’t know someone. The arts are important and need our encouragement.
In last week’s column, I said kids sometimes learn more through extracurricular activities than in the classroom. I can state the obvious skills learned from building complex stage scenery, making props or sewing costumes. Instead, let me point out the less, and maybe more important social skills. Not just teamwork and leadership. Teenagers spend every evening and weekend interacting in person with other teenagers who are not in their usual social circle. Athletes meet artists. The class genius befriends the class clown. The kid who has been picked on hangs out with the homecoming queen.
Everyone is welcome in the drama club, and more than a few kids have found a support group in that auditorium. I have been prouder of that than any show I directed.
The club needs support and encouragement. Mark your calendars for Mama Mia on April 5, 6 and 7 and, if you want an ad form, send me an email or contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org. All ads are due by March 9. Just don’t wish them good luck.
WA Mini-THON bingo
Wyoming Area Mini-THON will host its second annual bingo fundraiser to help fight pediatric cancer Sunday, Feb. 17. All procedees will be donated to Four Diamonds and the Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey. Doors at the Secondary Center Cafeteria open at noon. Cost is $20.
Wyoming Free Library news
Wyoming Free Library is starting a S.T.E.A.M. Club. The club will meet at 11 a.m. the last Saturday of every month beginning in February. The first session is about magnetism on Feb. 23. The club is open to ages 6 and older. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library for information at 570-693-1364.
The library will hold a fill-a-bag book sale in April, so gather up your gently used books for donation to this important fundraiser. Adult fiction, children’s books, non-fiction, DVDs and audiobooks are welcome. Please, no textbooks, encyclopedias, medical books, catalogs, Reader’s Digest, condensed books or old, moldy books.
Wyoming Rotary news
Rotary Club of Wyoming recently welcomed new member Andy Judge, a Dallas resident and graduate of the University of North Dakota, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics. He is a private jet captain for XOJET.
The club meets every Thursday evening at Fire and Ice in Trucksville. New members are always welcome. For information, call 570-332-3171.
Wyoming United Methodist Church theater trip
Wyoming United Methodist Church will host a bus trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, New Jersey on Friday, May 17, to see “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Cost is $98 and includes bus, show, meal and gratuities. For reservations or information, call Audrey at 570-693-0905 or 570-693-2821.
Wyoming Borough notices
Wyoming Borough has returned to normal office hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Residents are asked to use the secure payment box located next to the entrance to pay for trash stickers, parking tickets and taxes.
The 2019 garbage fee is now due. Face value of $200 is now due and in effect until May 15. After that, the cost will be $250.
The next Wyoming Borough Council meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 19. Executive session is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the work session at 7 and the council meeting at 7:30.
Wyoming snow ordinance
Wyoming residents are advised to follow snow storm parking regulations. In the event of a storm of 3 inches or more, street parking is allowed only on the even side of the street on even days of the week and odd side of the street on odd numbered days.
West Wyoming Hose
company ziti dinner
West Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 is having a ziti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Dinner includes ziti, homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, dessert and beverages. Adults are $8 and children under 12 are $5. Takeouts are available. Tickets may be purchased from any member or at the door. Proceeds benefit the hose company.
Also, during Lent, from March 22 to April 12, the hose company will sell pizza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays. Baked and unbaked pizza will be available to order for pick up by calling 570-693-1811.
West Wyoming sanitation fee
West Wyoming Borough reminds residents the sanitation fees are now due.
The rebate period has ended. Full payment of $200 is in effect until the end of February. The penalty fee begins March 1 and the cost will be $300.
St. Barbara’s Mardi Gras
St. Barbara’s Parish, 224 Memorial St., Exeter, will hold a Mardi Gras celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the parish center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
The cost is $25 and includes dinner and entertainment. Tickets are available at the rectory and after weekend Masses. Please call the rectory at 570-654-2103 for information.
The event is open to adults, 21 and older only, and is BYOB.
Exeter refuse stickers
Exeter refuse stickers for 2019 are now available. Prices remain the same as last year. Stickers will be in rebate period until Feb. 28 at a cost of $150; $110 for seniors 65 and older. Proof of age is required.
From March 1-31, the regular price of $180 will be charged; $130 for seniors. April 1, the stickers will go into penalty and the price for everyone will be $250.
Stickers can be purchased at the borough building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or by mail by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope to Exeter Borough Refuse Department, 1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643. Please use a long business size envelope. For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2.
Exeter police and
Exeter Borough Police Department now has fully stocked EMS “jump bags” for each patrol vehicle. The new equipment was donated by the Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance. Officers who are also cross trained as EMTs or for first aid will be able to administer care prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
Greater Pittston Ambulance recently merged with the Exeter Ambulance Association and will be providing Advanced Life Support Services to Exeter residents.
Kaufer’s office hours
State Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s Exeter office, 1101 Wyoming Ave., is open from noon to 2 p.m. every third Friday.
Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming. To include an item in her column, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.