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STEUBENVILLE — Since its inception in 2012, the Herald-Star Speaker Series, presented by Eastern Gateway Community College, has worked toward a simple goal: to bring world-class speakers to the Tri-State area at an affordable price.
The series’ next presentation, Jeff Hatcher’s Nov. 2 appearance at Indian Creek High School, will be no exception.
Hatcher, a Steubenville native and 1976 graduate of Wintersville High School, is a screenwriter and playwright whose name is part of a large body of work. This will be the 12th installment in the series, which debuted in 2012.
From a Secret Service agent who protected Jacqueline Kennedy, to a captain held at sea by pirates, to a former Air Force One pilot and the former director of the National Security Agency, each presentation has given those who attend the chance to be informed and amused.
This, according to Mike Petrella, is important to the community.
“I think the speaker series is great”, said Petrella, who is also mayor of Wintersville. “It gives the public a chance to learn, especially our younger ones.”
Petrella and her mother, Anita, run the Gaslite Restaurant at 820 Canton Road in Wintersville. This is where the VIP reception will take place before the presentation.
“I think in this particular case, it’s good that someone who graduated from here comes back here and shows kids that they can be whatever they want to be,” Anita said. “They can go far, or they can stay local – whatever they want, they can be successful.”
Whether on screen, Broadway, off-Broadway or on regional stages across the country and the world, Hatcher’s credits cover a wide range of topics. These include “She”, a biography of legendary jazz great Ella Fitzgerald; a collaboration with Mitch Albom to bring Albom’s classic biographical tale “Tuesdays with Morrie” to the stage; adapt the story from the novel by Nicholas Searle “The Good Liar” in the script of the 2019 film of the same name; a new take on the classic mystery series in “Holmes and Watson;” and many other film, stage and television credits.
The son of the late Virginia and Paul Hatcher has won numerous awards. Hatcher, who lives in the Minneapolis suburb of Wayzata with his wife, Lisa, graduated from Dennison University in 1980 with a degree in theater and film. A son, Evan, completes their family.
“Gaslite is a great place for the VIP event,” said Ross Gallabrese, editor of the Herald-Star and Weirton Daily Times. “It’s a great location and we know Petrellas will make the evening special with quality food and the great service they are known for.”
This will include a cake donated by Downtown Bakery to support the series, Mike Petrella said.
One of the main reasons the lecture series has been able to maintain its high standard is the support it has received from area residents and businesses. It’s important to make sure local businesses are supported, the Petrellas said.
“It is enormous,” Mike said. “People don’t always understand that local businesses give back to kids’ soccer teams and T-ball teams and donate to charities, whether it’s in the form of gift cards, money or their time. Having this support – it’s the only way businesses can continue to give back.
He added that businesses help create jobs and generate money for the local economy.
“Think of the young people in the neighborhood” Anita said. “If we don’t buy locally and support local businesses, our children can’t stay here.
The 7:30 p.m. presentation on Nov. 2 will be among the first held in the high school auditorium, which opened to students late last spring. It has state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment as well as comfortable seating.
“It is good that we are able to show the new school and allow the public to use the new facilities”, Mike added.
Tickets for the VIP reception are priced at $75 for a single and $125 for a couple. The evening, which will run from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., will include a meet and greet with Hatcher and a chance to have your photo taken with him, hors d’oeuvres, a drink ticket, transportation to and from the school and preferred seats for the presentation.
General admission tickets for the presentation are $25 each.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Herald-Star at 401 Herald Square or call Diana Brown at (740) 283-4711. Tickets can also be purchased from newspaper websites.
Area high school and college students will have the chance to attend screening at no cost.
Joining the Herald-Star and Weirton Daily Times as sponsors of the presentation are Eastern Gateway Community College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Main Street Bank, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and WTRF-TV. Special support is provided by the local Indian Creek School District, Em-Media, Gaslite, Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority, Downtown Bakery and Rich and Shirley’s Quick Print.