LESSON PLANS: Wilmot to celebrate 50th anniversary with walk down memory lane

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Wilmot Elementary School is planning a party April 30 to celebrate its 50th anniversary with building tours and a look at Wilmot through the years.

Alums, former staff, parents and the community are invited to the celebration, called World of Wilmot: Then and Now, which will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the school, 5124 S. Hatch Drive.

“During the program, our vision is to have a staff member and an alum from each decade say a couple sentences of memories about that decade,” said kindergarten teacher Diane Kanagy, a member of the planning committee. “We want to make this more personal.”

After the event at Wilmot, the organizing committee is planning an after-celebration celebration in downtown Evergreen. The committee is contacting restaurants about hosting small groups that might want to continue the reminiscing after the official event.

According to “Evergreen, Our Mountain Community,” Evergreen has had an elementary school for decades. There was a school on the site of the current library, and the elementary school was later moved to a building where Evergreen High School now is.

According to the book, it wasn’t named Wilmot Elementary School until the 1962-63 school year when the building opened on Hatch Drive. An addition was put on it soon after.

The entire building was razed in 2000 and a new one replaced it except the gymnasium, music room and cafeteria.

The school is named after Dwight P. Wilmot, who provided part of his ranch for the school. Wilmot also served as a Jefferson County commissioner.

Former students, faculty and staff are being asked for three things:

• Contact information: Visit

fs24.formsite.com/cmacmt/form1/index.htmlto put your contact information into the Wilmot 50th anniversary website.

• Like Wilmot on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/WilmotPTA.

• Send photos of your time at Wilmot past and present to: wilmot50thbirthday.shutterfly.com.

For more information, contact the school at 303-982-5370.

‘The Good Doctor’ to be performed at EHS

The Evergreen High School theater department will perform a Neil Simon comedy called “The Good Doctor” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the school theater. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

The story is about a Russian country doctor and playwright who is inspired to compose his humorous stories in front of the audience. He creates 20 quirky characters, including a culture-loving clerk who accidentally sneezes on his boss at the theater, a man who will drown for your amusement for three rubles, a defenseless woman who goes to the bank to seek her husband’s back pay, and two elderly people who wonder if it’s too late for happiness.

For more information about the show, contact Fran Arniotes, EHS theater teacher and the show’s director, at 303-982-5084 or farniotes@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Following on May 1 and 2 is an ambitious production of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.”

Arniotes says to think of it as “Hamlet” meets ”Waiting For Godot” as performed by Laurel and Hardy.

It is a comedy about the nature of the human race’s existence. Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is revisited through the eyes of two of its very minor characters as they try to understand why they have been summoned to Elsinore, why it falls to them to discover why their school friend Hamlet is acting so weird, and why they end up on a ship bound for England.

Stoppard is a well-known Czech-born British playwright. He has many plays to his name, as well as screenplays for “Shakespeare in Love” and “Anna Karenina.”

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2. Tickets are $5.

Have tips about schools in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.