Column: Concert, play Simpson class

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“The Project(s), a stage play developed earlier this year in Sheridan, was named to “The Best of Chicago Stages” list recently by the Chicago Tribune. It’s the creation of PJ Paparelli who was a resident artist at Jentel in January.

Tragically, Paparelli wasn’t around to see his success. He was killed in an automobile accident in May. He was 40 and he enjoyed coming to Sheridan to reboot his creative juices.

“The Project(s)” was about social life in the public housing of Chicago. Paparelli had conducted more than 100 interviews with social workers, residents of these housing facilities, and police. The play was performed before the recent tumult in the city.

Sheridan’s Grace Cannon was the assistant director for the Chicago production. Paparelli, who was the director of the American Theater Co. for several years, also worked with DannyLee Hodnett of Sheridan College and theater students at SC. Sheridan’s involvement included staging the play and running lines from the script.

I interviewed Paparelli one cold January afternoon at the Java Moon before he returned to Chicago. He spoke of the play’s potential, how the script of the performance was “verbatim” from his interviews, and how he was pleased at coming here to work on it.

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Claudia Colnar called and we talked of the Sheridan Art Council’s next projection, Top Brass, a chamber ensemble from the Billings Symphony. They’ll perform Friday, Jan. 15, at the First Baptist Church on Big Horn Avenue. It will begin at 7 p.m. The program will consist of works by 19th- and 20th-century composers.

Colnar noted that while the musicians perform regularly with the greater Billings Symphony, they look forward to playing as a brass-chamber group. They have played concerts in Montana and Wyoming. Tickets are available through the First Baptist Church.

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I see by the paper……

Two Sheridan residents drew some ink in the current edition of the Wyoming AARP newsletter. Carmen Rideout, executive director of the Sheridan Senior Center, and Stella Montano, Sheridan Senior Center Family Caregiver Director, were cited for their volunteerism and community service. (Ms. Rideout was also the FAB Conference Woman of the Year in 2013.)

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Quite possibly, there’s a spot or two left in Dr. Pete Simpson’s spring semester class, “Wyoming’s Political Identity.” I signed up early on and am looking forward to it.

It’ll start Jan. 19 at Sheridan College and will run four days a week for seven weeks.

The study is to look deeper into Wyoming’s political culture, its background and given Dr. Simpson’s wealth of connections, there will likely be a number of guest speakers.

Dr. Simpson is a retired historian, former member of the state Legislature, former dean of instruction at SC, former administrator at UW.

Info and registration: 674-6446, ext. 2202.

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Happy New Year!

By |December 31st, 2015|

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