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Actors and underwater photographers take stage at Wachholz College Center in April

| March 21, 2024 12:00 AM

The Wachholz College Center’s speaker series continues in April when actors John Lithgow and Henry Winkler visit Kalispell for two separate evenings, and photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes transport the audience into the mesmerizing depths of the world’s oceans. 

Audiences worldwide may know Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Lithgow from his delightful performances across stage and screen — most recently in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” as prosecutor Peter Leaward.

“John Lithgow dazzles audiences with his trademark wit and conversations full of heart,” according to a press release.

Only a few tickets remain for the April 8 show.

Lithgow has appeared in a long list of critically acclaimed films such as “Bombshell,” “Terms of Endearment” and “The World According to Garp,” and “All That Jazz.” Lithgow also starred in the hit TV shows “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Dexter,” “The Crown,” and the recent “Perry Mason” on HBO. 

He has appeared on Broadway 25 times, including award-winning appearances in “The Changing Room,” “M. Butterfly,” “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” and musicals “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Sweet Smell of Success.”

His performances have earned him two Tonys, six Emmys, three SAG Awards and two Oscar nominations.

The prolific actor has also written best-selling children’s picture books for Simon & Schuster. He wrote the narration for the New York City Ballet’s “Carnival of the Animals” in 2003 and danced the role of The Elephant. In 2011, his memoir “Drama: An Actor’s Education,” was released. Since 2019, he has written and illustrated the “Dumpty Trilogy,” three books of political satire, which landed on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list for three consecutive years.

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. 

On April 9, scientist and photographer Jennifer Hayes and underwater photographer David Doubilet take attendees to Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea. 

These globetrotting partners in work and life have produced stories together about every topic under the sea, from endangered coral reefs to what lies below polar ice. Known as the “Audubon of the Sea,” Doubilet’s photography brilliantly captures life above and below the water’s surface. Onstage, these two master storytellers combine decades of knowledge, passion, and experience into a remarkable visual odyssey that tells the unique story of the ocean like never before, according to a release. 

Doubilet has spent five decades as a National Geographic photographer exploring and documenting the far corners of the underwater world—from beneath interior Africa, remote tropical coral reefs, rich temperate seas, and polar ice. David is a contributing editor for several publications and an author of 12 titles including the award-winning “Water Light Time.”

Hayes is a contributing photographer and speaker for National Geographic. She specializes in natural history, conservation, and the documentation of freshwater and marine environments.

With graduate degrees in marine ecology and zoology, Hayes focuses her research on shark finning as well as the population dynamics and movements of sturgeon. She also works with scientists around the globe to share their stories. Hayes is an award-winning photographer, contributor to numerous global publications, and an author and contributor to books about marine environments.

The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Audiences always leave Henry Winkler's presentations inspired and entertained, according to a release. Through humorous anecdotes and inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity to his storied career in television and entertainment, groups of all ages can learn from his speeches. 

He takes the stage at the Waccholz College Center on April 24. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. 

His passion for supporting others is the result of a lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia. Winkler has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and support to children who learn differently by advocating for changes in the education system and informing parents and teachers about learning challenges.

Winkler co-stars as acting teacher Gene Cousineau on the hit HBO dark comedy, “Barry.” In 2018, he won his first Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role on the series. He also won the Television Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and received nominations for a Golden Globe and SAG Award. He was nominated again for an Emmy in 2019. 

Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director.

A 1973 audition in Los Angeles forever changed the life of the Yale School of Drama graduate when producer Garry Marshall and Tom Miller cast Winkler in the iconic role of Arthur Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz,” in the TV series Happy Days. During his 10 years on the popular sitcom, he won two Golden Globe Awards, was nominated three times for an Emmy Award and was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Both his famous leather jacket and Fonzie’s lunch box became part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian.

The Wachholz College Center is on the Flathead Valley Community College campus. Tickets are available for purchase at wccmt.org. For more information visit or by phone at 406-756-1400.

    David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes will present Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea at the Wachholz College Center. (Provided image)

    Henry Winkler