The Theater of Hope players, a group of St. Joseph High School students, will perform Oscar Wilde’s classic play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” over Mothers Day weekend.  This year’s performance will be the third year that this energetic group has performed for the public and at the same time aid a worthy cause. Almost $10,000 has been raised to aid VTC Enterprises (VTC) efforts to construct a new training facility for the disabled.

Done in two acts as adapted by Harold G. Sliker, the play will be performed on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7 at 7 pm and a special Mothers Day matinee on Sunday, May 8 at 2 pm. All performances will be held at the Veterans Culture Center located at the corner of Tunnel and Pine Streets. Tickets are available at the door and are priced at $5. Refreshments will be sold by VTC.

Last year the troupe presented “Kick Back to Carol”, a tribute to Carol Burnett and her zany characters from her long running television show. “The play this year is more involved than the Burnett review but the goal is to still bring laughter to the audience”, stated coordinator Pam Brannon. This will probably be the groups last year as most of the performers are seniors and will be moving on to college.

Six of the performers return from last year including Spencer Brannon, Joey Lewis, Jonny Strellman, Catie Ball, Amber Stull and Tamara Hansen. Joining the cast for the first time are Jose Carmona, Penelope Toogood and Ellie McPike. In addition to the two-act play there will be a preview of an innovative movie being made by Jonny Strellman titled ‘Lord of This City”.

For the third year Smith Electric and Diani Construction are helping to sponsor the event with additional assistance from local businesses. The proceeds will benefit the Quality Life Services Building Campaign at VTC. Construction of this state of the art training facility is slated for completion in early September. Once completed two barrack style buildings currently housing the QLS program will be demolished.

VTC is a private non-profit organization whose goal is to teach independent living skills and vocational skills and to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining employment. Currently over 300 persons with disabilities receive services each day.