History Dinner Theater: ALWAYS FREE! A Juneteenth Celebration
- Jun 1, 2017
- Fred M. Rogers Center
- 300 Fraser Purchase Road
- Latrobe, PA 15650
Oni Lasana returns to continue the story of “Lias” Mother, newly freed in the post-Civil War. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the decimation of slavery the United States. On June 19th 1865 the Union troops led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This announcement came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. This theatrical storytelling program tells of 'Lias' Mother's new found freedom. She tells of her journey to the north after the "surrender" aka Emancipation Proclamation. This theatrical and educational treat invites the audience to participate with every 'Lias' Oni discovers and brings into her world. Oni directly engages the audience, bringing out the best in her co-actor, be they a youngin's or an elder. “Lias” Mother offers a personal view of a woman's life during the 1800s in America. This performance is delivered in a highly interactive storytelling style, capturing the realities of American History.
Ticket price includes dinner with a salad, two sides, dessert, and a menu choice of one of the following selections:
Chicken Cordon Bleu- A classic! Tender chicken stuffed with roasted ham and Swiss cheese, baked to perfection and topped with a delicate cream sauce.
Roast Pork with Red Pepper Cream Sauce - Roasted pork loin topped with a light cream sauce and fresh red peppers.