Free Screening Benefits Little People of America Charity
Exactly 40 years ago, to the day of this event, the third Star Wars film was released in theaters, which completed the science fiction trilogy that would change movies forever. On Thursday, May 25, 2023, the 40th Anniversary screening of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will be presented at the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts, located at 24607 Walnut Street, with special guests Kevin Thompson and his wife Tracey. Kevin portrayed several Ewoks in the film, doing many of the amazing stunts. Kevin will be joined by other guests who were part of the creation of the film, including Special Effects Technicians Kirk Thatcher and Kevin Pike, Stuntman Mike Cassidy and Unit Production Manager Miki Herman. The pre-screening discussion will be led by City of Santa Clarita Mayor Jason Gibbs.
The doors open at 6:00 p.m. when patrons will get to mingle with the 501st and Rebel Legion and meet some of the special guests. At 7:00 p.m. the pre-screening discussion will feature stories about the making of the film and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will screen at approximately 7:30 p.m. The event is free and no reservations are needed. Kevin and his wife Tracey, who wrote the book, “My Journey to Endor,” are instead asking attendees to donate to their charity.
Star Wars has been a cultural force for almost 50 years, since the release of the first part of the trilogy Star Wars: A New Hope in May 1977. The impact to the movie industry and to fandom continues to grow, with every new film, television show and product being anticipated and analyzed. This unique celebration will offer fans, new and old, the opportunity to appreciate all the work that went into creating this film and how that added to the Star Wars legacy.
For more information and to make a donation to Little People of America, please visit KevinThompson-40thJedi.eventbrite.com.