SCRANTON – Local elected officials, television personalities, actors and more will unite on stage this weekend to prove that history, above all, can be fun and engaging.
The Lackawanna Historical Society will host the second annual “You Live Here: You Should Know This!” local history quiz show in Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, beginning at 7 p.m. The one-time admission cost for both nights is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The 2011 quiz show will follow a “Jeopardy!”-meets-“Family Feud” format with individual contestants choosing questions worth 10 to 50 points from categories such as “People,” “Places,” and “Industry,” according to LHS Director Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus. If the contestant answers incorrectly, the opposing three-member team has a chance to steal the points.
Survey says competition will again be fierce this year with the championship and runner-up teams each returning with one new team member each.
Champions Catherine Cullen and Jack McGuigan will be joined by David DeCosmo, and runners-up David Wenzel and Dan Perry will team with Andrea Mulrine.
“They were very competitive. They took the game seriously, and they came to win,” Moran-Savakinus said of each of last year’s contestants.
Quiz questions are created by students at Valley View and Riverside high schools, and the students take on roles as co-hosts during the actual event. Students were chosen by Valley View teachers Cynthia Cerminaro and Kathleen Myers along with Riverside educator Shawn Murphy.
In addition, students are helping to create the game board, PowerPoint presentations and table skirts for the competition.
Contestants in 2010 knew quite a bit about the area’s industrial history and some of its high-profile people.
“People knew a lot more than we originally gave them credit for,” Moran-Savakinus said.
In all, it allows contestants and audience members to laugh and learn at the same time.
“The bottom line is that local history can be fun.”