Fowler Theater: Winner of the 2016 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration
In collaboration with Indiana Landmarks, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Fowler Theatre
Sponsored by Frank and Katrina Basile
Tickets are free, limited seating so please register
The depression era dream of Dick Vlastos was to build a beautiful, state of the art movie theatre in Fowler Indiana. In 1940 his dream was realized and opening night he showed the film “His Girl Friday” in the theatre’s carefully planned splendor. But time would weigh heavy on his dream and over the years, Fowler Theatre’s shine began to dim.
Six decades after opening night, a mighty band of locals called the Prairie Preservation Guild would gather to restore her brilliance. As the Work progressed, a ghost was seen by many and all agree it is Dick Vlastos. He walks the aisles, as watchful as he was in life, observing those who restore his theatre.
In 2016 Indiana Landmarks deems the work of the Prairie Preservation Guild on Fowler Theatre worthy of the Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. But can the work of the Guild please a ghost? Join us for the story of Dick Vlastos, his dream and those who work to keep the lights shining at Fowler Theatre.
Stephanie Holman works full time as a children’s librarian, where she has had the joy of telling stories to children, families, teens and adults. As a professional storyteller, she travels through central and southern Indiana performing at parks, schools, libraries, business meetings and festivals. Stephanie specializes in humorous tales, folktales, American tall tales, tales from Indiana and scary ghost stories. She received the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship in 2002. Her commissions include the story, Good Night and May God Bless: Red Skelton for the Sharing Hoosier History Through Stories series as well as A Shining Jewel on the Dunes—Marquette Park for the If These Walls Could Tell series.