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Volume 96 “ BIG UMBER Wednesday, February 15, 1984 N a 24 Serving Big Timber and Sweet Grass County, Montana 2 5 $ P I O N E E R Congressman Marlenee came to Big Timber last Sunday. See story and picture on page 10 •T h e Boy Scouts held their Honor Night To see who got awards, turn to page 7 The Billings architectural firm of Johnson & Graham has been hired. Details on page 7 ‘Johnny AppleseecT will plant entertainment in Big Timber Friday The legend of Johnny Apple- seed will be presented this Friday, February 17, in the Big Timber Grade School gym by local chil­ dren The production retells the story of John Chapman, Ameri­ ca’s gentlest hero, who set out across the nation with his bag of applesceds. The musical score is a combination of original music, all- American favorites and classical selections by Aaron Copeland. Johnny Applcseed continues the Missoula Children’s Theatre unique production concept of tour­ ing to 32 communities this season with their week-long residency workshops, complete with sets, costumes, and props. Johnny Applesccd culminates a week of intensive rehearsal-workshops with students from the local schools. Johnny and Grampa arc played by the Missoula Children’s Thea­ tre touring actor-directors Michael Shooner and John Juneimaa re­ spectively. Other lead roles in the talented cast arc Anna Ronneberg as Molly, Jennie Drivdahl as Sally and Stephanie Kunda as Tabby. Prescott is played by Jayleen Pur­ cell, Rupert by Cory Conner and Chrys Behling is the Wolf Mem­ bers of Grampa’s Gang are Dawn Christensea Kathy Bothmaa Brenda Shepard, Kristen Stene, Amy L arsoa Laurie Leach, Jenni­ fer Bowdea Valerie Lafond and Flossy DrivdahL Peter Blake, Kristen G reea Brandon Raber, Melissa Bjomdal, Kim Fike, Cherie Connertoa Alex Blake, Dawn Gibby and Stephanie Flan­ agan are featured as the Indians The Settlers include Lorie Freder­ icks, Jodi Dawes, Bryan Devenny, Michelle Kunda Kari Fike, Lanie Franks, Karissa Stene, Jae An­ derson and Tara Devenny and the Appleseeds are Dawn Hamilton, Jessie Darling, Melissa Plaggo- meyer. Heather Karlin, Sarah Plaggemeyer, Amory Blake, Rhonda Holcomb, Tami Thomas, Corry Cremer, Kelly Davis Amy Purcell, Kristie Parrent, Amy Brady, Kelli Jo Schriver and Brock Olson. Assistant directors are Linda Sanders Meggie Alex­ ander, JoLynn Van Daveer, Lori Mouldea Mitzi Bjomdal and Tryouts for the Missoula Children's Theatre play \Johnny Appleseed\ drew over 100 children Sunday afternoon. The parts casted appear in the accompanying article. The play will be presented twice on Friday, and is sponsored locally by the Big Timber Woman’s Club. Sheila Jones and the pianist is Leslie Schiele. The production is sponsored by the Big Timber Woman’s Club. Tickets are available at the door. The Missoula Children’s Thea­ tre is touring the production throughout the state under a grant from the Montana Arts Council and Theatre in the Schools Pro­ gram which are partially supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Psychologist offers stress workshop A stress management training workshop will be offered to the public Tuesday nights. 7-9 pm. fro.;*. February 21 through April 3. The workshop is being taught by Psychologist Mike Steuhm. There is no charge, but the class number is limited According to Steuhm, the work­ shop will look at how stress in­ vades our daily lives in many ways we may not be aware of. Informa- tion will be provided regarding the nature of stress, how the mind and body interact, and how our bodies become victims of stress. Participants in the workshop will see how they as individuals cope both positively and negative­ ly with stress. They will learn ways to take charge and reorganize their lives to make them no less chal­ lenging, but not overhwelming Through application of a num­ ber of relaxation exercises and other techniques, participants will become reacquaintcd with their bodies and gain mastery of them­ selves. By doing so, the effects of stress on an individual may be significantly decreased, Steuhm noted The classes will be held at the Congregational Church. To regis­ ter call the Sweet Grass Clinic at 932-5920. For Sale; Unused school filled with memories for many The Sweet Grass County High School Board of Trustees have agreed to let bids to sell the old high school building The solicita­ tion will be drafted by County Attorney Tom Biglen and the structure adverused for sale. The board will reserve the right to reject any or all bids they might receive. Biglen is still in the process of securing rough extimates from demolition firms to tear the build­ ing down. Top- notch movie theatre will open here next week The movie houses in Bozeman and Billings will have nothing on Big Timber when the Cottonwood Theatre opens its doors. The an­ ticipated Grand Opening of the long-awaited new entertainment in town will be next week, owner Steve Kuennen says. It’s been twenty years since the old Arcade Theatre closed its doors. Since then Big Timber has been without an indoor movie house. The Arcade was located where the Cottonwood is now, 221 McLeod Street, the building most recently vacated by The Center- piece. Kuennen has spent the past three and a half months refurbish­ ing the building back into a movie house. He has paid close attention to detail and comfort Movie goers will find the atmosphere and sur­ roundings comparable with thea­ tres in much larger cities. Equipment recently installed at the Cottonwood include two pro­ jectors and a Dolby stereo sound system. Steve explained the sy­ stem “ enhances the sound through creating less distortion,” and des­ cribed it as one of the best The speakers are installed behind the new perforated poly vinyl8’ by 19’ screen to create a true sound sense. The screen is capable of reflecting 3-D movies. The walls of the theatre are draped in specially designed curtains to aid in the pro­ duction of the desired sound efTect in the viewing room. The theatre will seat 170 peo­ ple, allowing for spatial comfort m each seat a feature the owner insisted upon The floor has been rebuilt to slant downward and is designed for optimum viewing from any portion of the audience area The first movie to be shown in the new theater has not yet been announced Kuennen plans of showing two movies on Wednes­ day, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. The first movie each night will most likely be rated PG, although Steve noted if a good G movie is available, it could find it’s way onto the Cottonwood” s screen. Generally, the second movie, shown at the later time in the evening will be rated R. The owner will strive toward family type entertainment, he commented Steve will order his movies directly and not be bound to what is sent to him on a contract basis. This is perferable, Kuennen believes, because it allows him to get the movies Big Timber wants to see. The Cottonwood’s owner ex­ pects to be able to show new movies as soon as one month after they are first released A special feature of the new enterprise will be Saturday after­ noon matinees for the kids. The concessions at the movie house will be an important part of the movie going experience with a full line of traditional food and drinks to be offered Prices of the concessions and the movie tick»*«- will be comparable to similar show centers in the area. Kuennen said The young man embarking on this new adventure has a back­ ground of theatre experience. He first worked in a movie house while attending the University of Mon­ tana in Bozeman, studying art and science. Since then, he’s gained experience with the TOI theatre chaia working for them as a manager, and has worked in movie businesses in Helena. Seattle, and at the Empire Theatre in Living­ ston It was while he was in Liv­ ingston the idea of opening a movie theatre in Big Timber was bom. Steve will be married this spring and his new wife will help him in the business here. Asked about the downfall of many theatres in small towns, Steve contributed their failure to the managers or owners running the movie house on a part time, or second job basis. He is committed to making the Cottonwood his priccary work and devoting his full attention to the operation and management of the theatre. Kuen­ nen believes “ showmanship” in the movie business is an important element, and the key to success. Success is certainly something the Big Timber community wishes the young businessman as be opens the movie house doors. Look for the announcement of date and times, plus movies coming to town, in next week1 s Pkm*«r. Owner of the Cottonwood Theatre Steve Kuennen, standing beside one of the two projectors in the movie house, hopes to open his doors for business next week. Extensive remodeling has been done to the theatre located at221 McLeod Street, which was also the location of the last Big Timber indoor movie, the Arcade, twenty years ago.

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