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October 27, 2016

UW to perform Dracula ballet

by Mark Dykes
With a twist on the classic novel by Bram
Stoker, the University of Wyoming will present
a ballet performance of Dracula: the Legend in
Motion at the auditorium on Nov. 3 The piece is
choreographed by Jennifer Deckert, and features
an original score by Sean Stone. According to the
UW website, the show portrays the wonder, desire, and terror of Dracula, a story of passion and
courage that takes us from the mystery-shrouded depths of Transylvania to the stylishly steampunked streets of London.

The free show, recommended for age 11 and up,

is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the auditorium,
and those attending are encouraged to dress in
the style of Dracula.
Prior to the show, some of the dancers will work
with middle school gym classes and there will be a
face-painting fundraiser for the high school Drama
Club in the auditorium lobby, beginning at 5:30
p.m. Cost for the painting is: $1 for a small cheek
design, $3 for a half face and $5 for a full face.
Proceeds will help pay for Drama Club expenses
when travelling to State competition in Laramie.

Kilted Man Gurnsey playing at library

by Mark Dykes
Last week saw Irish and Scottish musical duo Men of Worth
performing in Thermopolis, and
the Celtic music continues this
week, as Matthew Gurnsey, the
Kilted Man, comes to Hot Springs
County Library Thursday evening, beginning at 7 p.m.
Gurnsey uses his music and
wit to take audiences on tales
of love, voyages and the colorful
lives of the every-man. Among
the instruments he plays are the
concertina, bodhran, mandolin,
penny whistle, bowed psaltery
and the bones.

The last of these is named so

because it is traditionally made
from bone; Gurnsey noted, however, that bones decay over time
but sets are also made of wood.
As for playing the bones, he likened it to the spoons.
While Gurnsey has some set
programs he has nothing specific planned for the Thursday
performance. He noted when performing at festivals its mainly
music, but at other venues, such
as libraries, he also tries to incorporate some education. A further note on the music, he said,
is around here the bar or pub is

a place to hear rock music, and

is not really a spot for a family
gathering, whereas in Ireland
its a different concept; there, the
pub is a place for traditional music and one might bring in his or
her own instrument(s) to join in.
When it comes to Celtic music, Gurnsey said, there are often dead, depressing lyrics set to
an upbeat tune The Bonnie
Banks o Loch Lomond is among
these. The music, he said, is not
just for kicking up your feet and
having a good time; though that
is part of it, the songs also have
a lot of history and depth.

Buffalo Bill Boycott returns Nov. 3

by Mark Dykes
Next month, fourth grade students will get an interesting look
at the history of Wyoming when
Buffalo Bill Boycott and Dr. Jo
(Flower of the Prairie) come and
visit with them, Nov. 3 beginning at 10:40 at Ralph Witters
Boycott said the program, The
Legacy of Wyoming includes
performance on fiddle, banjo,
mandolin and guitar; while he
is experienced in playing all four
instruments, Dr. Jo sticks to the
guitar and banjo, and they both
harmonize their voices.

Among the topics the address

are Native American history,
trappers, the Oregon Trail and
the transcontinental railway.
Boycott noted this railway was
very important to the state, as it
helped bring enough people out
here when Wyoming was still a
territory so that they could apply
for statehood.
While the program is largely
taught through music, there are
some spots for teaching moments
as well.
Boycott said there is also a
multimedia presentation featuring historical paintings and pho-

tos from the Buffalo Bill Center

of the West, the Wyoming State
Museum and Scottsbluff National
The slideshow accompanies
the music, but also shows the
preservation of history through
drawings and photos.
Boycott said the fourth-graders are at a point where they are
journaling in class, and this is
another form of preserving history. He further pointed out in
the Rocky Mountain area fourth
grade students are those who are
studying state history, so the program fits into that curriculum.

Chris Amend to work with HSCSD art students

Thursday, Oct. 27, Gillette artist Chris Amend
will work with high school art students throughout the school day. Amend, who recently had a
showing at Flying Eagle Gallery, describes his
work as the visual product of my perceptions,
musings, thoughts, struggles, yearnings. It grows

from and gives voice to the daily processes of life,

as filtered through my own sensibilities and idiosyncrasies. Because of this, its untidy and disorderly as his mind.
Amend taught art for 36 years, but retired to focus on his work; he still teaches the occasional class.

Dining with dinosaurs

photo by Cindy Glasson

Dr. Bob Krisko chooses from one of the appetizer offerings at the Dinosaur Gala at
the Wyoming Dinosaur Center Saturday night. With soft lighting and a string trio
playing softly in the background, diners experienced a very special night amongst
the pre-historic displays.



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