Dillon Tribune (Dillon, Mont.) 1989-current, October 17, 1989, Image 10

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lO'IsM tes -Tuss±y.Ocf. 17..1989 Sean Dickens and Amie James portray early-day radio entertainers. Early-day trappers, portrayed by Mike Briggs and Tyler Barnes, liked fiddle music, too. D i l l o n ' s J u n i o r F i d d l e f s p e r f o r m a t h o m e . . . w i t h \ R o s i n U p t h e B o w \ m u s i c a l p a g e a n t ; , A whole summer,1'and part of the fall, traveling and per*! forming has polished “Rosin Up the Bow* to a razor’s edge. - Performed by Dillotfs Junior Fiddlers, with a troupe pf;.s Dillon youngsters ranging*in age from four to theirteens,*J \Rosin Up the Bow” is a musical history of Montana, specially written by one of the groups directors, Jean James. The group, pausing in their busy travel schedule, stayed home Sunday to perform to a packed house a t the WMC auditiorium. < The program opened with the strains of the “Ook Pik Waltz\ and following the state's traditions, followed the early ftur traders with a rendition of “Whiskey Before Breakfast\ And then the pace picked up. Through the fur trade, into the gold fields of Bannack a n d : Virginia City, to the mills and mines ofButte and Anaconda, the musical program mixed drama, comefy and always the music fiddles, to tell Montana’s story. “My Home’s in Montana” punctuated the story ofthe cat* tlemen, and the scene\around the homesteader's table, with the haunting melody of “Amazing Grace” lingering in the iair ofthe WMC auditorium. At every step ofthe program, theyouthful performers, fully costumed and well rehearsed into their roles, acted, danced,. sang, and above all, played their way into tKe audience's hearts. From homesteaders, to the Roaring Twenties, the Dirty Thirties, the Years ofWar; and the resurgence of fiddle music in the 1950’s and '60’s, the musical pageant continued, ending at last with “Montana” and a fitting “Happy Birthday” to the treasure State. The program, an official Montana Statehood Centennial project, has been performed in several Montana towns and cities, and its final performance is planned for Bozeman. The Fiddlers, organized in 1983, has over 50 members. Most of the performers are youths, and most of the accompa­ nists are adults. Family-based, several families have more than one child involved in the program. The young performers receive private lessons from a vari­ ety of teachers and a variety of musical styles are included in the group’s repertoire. Parents play an integral part in the or­ ganization, helping with costuming, travel arrangements and other tasks. In addition to “Kosin Up the Bow,” the fiddlers are known for their ‘jam-type concerts, and this year alone have played in NewYork as a sanctioned Montana Statehood Centennial / entertainment in Central Park and a t Helena to entertain the Butte, The program outlines the histoiy of the state through fiddle music and includes such old time favorites as“Amazing Grace,” “After the Ball,” “Golden Slippers,\ and “Montana.” ^ Performers include fyler Barnes, 12; Jana Barnes, 8; Jason Barnes, 15; Della Barrett, 13; Erin Bills, 9; Dawn . Bramlette, 8; Keri Briggs, 11; Mike Briggs, 14; Jam i Chaffin, 13; J u li Chaffin, 9; Tonya jdomell, 16; Krista Dickens, 11; Sean Dickens, 13; Brenda Hankinson, 16; Amy James, 13; Owen James, 16; Amanda Later, 9; Lori Later, 11; Dillon Lufkin, 8; Charley McDougal, 11; Mary McDougal, 9; Jessica McGinley, 11; Lindsey Scott, 6; Rachael McGirtley, 7; Julie Peterson, 13; Tara Remely, 12; Lindsay Rouse, 8; Lacie Scott, 11; Laura Scott, 8; Dakon Scott, 16: Bobbie Scott, 9; Breanne Smith, 4; Lacey Smith, 11; Shauna Smith, 14;JoryTaylor, 14, Kari Taylor, 6; Amie Welborn, 14; Cami Welborn, 11. Accom­ panists are Sandy James, Kate McDougal, Colette McGinley, Debbie Scott, Robbie Scott, Steve Scott and Ted Taylor. Technical director is Rqy Cornell; lighting, Ruthie Barnes and Steve Scott; sound, Harvey Lake, Steve Scott and Mike. McGinley; projection, Vickie Dickens; stage managers, P a m 1 Scott, Nancy Taylor and Robin Lufkin; costuming, Carlene' Chaffin, Debbie Scott and a ll the mothers; makeup, Janjce Remely, Donna Rouse, Edwina Hankinson and, mothers; h air design, Darla Cober; props, Debbie and Steve Scott, Nancy arid Ted Taylor, Janice Remely; publicity, Cookie and-Rick Later, musical assistance, Diane Briggs. Jean James is nar­ rator. Partial funding for the project was provided by the Mon­ tana Statehood Centennial Commission and a legislative grant from the Montana C u ltural T rust Director and narrator Jean James lets out with a song. Tbe days of swing live again wrih Dakon Scott, Tonya Corned and Kari Briggs. f

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