At first glance, the wedding gowns appeared simple. But closer inspection reveals intricate beading and hand-woven silk. It would seem fitting that months and hours went into planning a historical production to showcase them: “Bridal Bliss: A Runway Retrospective Show.”
The Dietrich Theater, where the show will be held, is located at 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. “It took over a year to plan this show. Lots of hard work went into it,” said Margie Young, assistant director of the theater, who along with Jessie Reppy Keker and Mark Mitchell, helped set up the exhibit, In preparation for the event, displays of gowns from the 1800s to present day were assembled in the theater lobby. Bridal dresses were donated to the event from the Wyoming County Historical Society and community members.
Young said, “We faced some challenges. Women of those ages were shorter and much smaller than women of today. But we managed and the show went on.”The displays, which feature not only dresses, but personal accessories, like purses, shoes and even a wedding certificate, will be on display throughout June and July during scheduled movie times and other performances.
With more than 20 cast members modeling, the show aims to offer many facets. Personal stories will offer reflections on each dress mentioned. Music from the era will match styles. Dresses from the Victorian Court, shown by Kathy Chorba’s “Queen Victoria’s Court,” will be shown during the finale. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Dietrich Theater. Advance tickets cost $40; tickets at the door cost $45, if available. The show will be held June 26 at 1 p.m. with a dessert reception will follow.