Fall Colors

Ellen Axtmann starts out Sunday from the Blair-Wallis picnic area for a fall walk to enjoy the changing leaves on the Happy Jack trails near Laramie.

Ken Driese, Star-Tribune Correspondent

Summer is gone, taking with it the many outdoor music and art festivals that sent crowds road-tripping though Wyoming. But autumn brings plenty of entertainment as well, albeit indoors.

Symphony and community theater seasons around the state are beginning as the leaves start to turn. Audiences can also catch a variety of shows at Wyoming’s university, colleges and civic centers.

The crisp fall days also are a perfect time to explore some of the state’s best artwork — from Wyoming artists to famous icons — in its variety of museums. Halloween, of course, offers some spooky entertainment offerings.

The Casper Star-Tribune’s fall entertainment guide gives you some highlights to make the most of this season.

Comedy and storytelling

The Cheyenne Civic Center’s lineup brings stars of the Emmy nominated “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood to Wyomimg. In one of the longest-running comedy tours in history, the duo delivers their famous quick wit as they take contributions from the audience and even bring them on stage in original scenes created on the spot.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13

Tickets and info: cheyenneciviccenter.org

Comedian Kathleen Madigan brings her most recent stand-up special “Bothering Jesus” to the Casper Events Center. The routine is her third special, which is available on Netflix. Madigan has toured 250 nights on the road for 28 years, and appeared on every late night show. Recently, she’s been riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Where: Casper Events Center

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 13

Tickets and info: $31-$42 at sinclairtix.com, (307) 577-3030 or the SinclairTix box office at the Casper Events Center

NPR’s “The Moth” radio hour’s Peter Aguero stops in Wyoming, thanks to the The Jackson Hole Writers and Off Square Theatre Company. The storyteller will perform his national Story Slam Championship-winning “Daddy Issues.” He’ll also give a three-hour storytelling workshop 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the next day.

Where: The Black Box at the Center for the Arts, Jackson

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 17

Tickets and info: $18 at jhwriters.org or (307) 413-3332


Cheyenne Little Theatre’s “My Fair Lady” production features a cast of 21 local actors, singers and dancers who portray a mix of cockneys, buskers and upper-crust English “toffs.”

Where: Mary Godfrey Playhouse, 2706 E. Pershing Blvd.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees through Oct. 8

Tickets and info: cheyennelittletheatre.org or (307) 638-6543.

Stage III Community Theatre is another one of the state’s local acting groups. The theater continues its current season with “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe,” just in time for Halloween. This collection of psychological terror contains four of Edgar Allan Poe’s most popular Gothic horror stories: “The Black Cat,” “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

Where: Stage III Community Theatre, 900 N. Center St., Casper

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 26-28, Nov. 3-4 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5

Tickets and info: stageiiitheatre.org or (307) 234-0946

The University of Wyoming’s “UW Presents” series brings a variety of internationally-known performers from dance to the improve comedy. The season kicks off with Dance Theatre of Harlem Sept. 29. A major highlight this fall is the Reduced Shakespeare Company, which will perform new work in its Wyoming performance before it runs at The New Victoria Theatre on Broadway in New York City next spring. With the tagline, “Reducing expectations since 1981,” the three-man comedy troupe that “takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies,” as described on its website.

Where: University of Wyoming,

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 5

Tickets and info: (307) 766-6666 or at uwyo.edu/uwpresents

Broadway in Casper begins another season with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical brings a fresh new take on the beloved tale with a modern heroine in a fairy tale setting who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness.

Where: Casper Events Center

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 12

Tickets and info: broadwayincasper.com or 800-442-2256

Visual Arts

Wyoming to the World: The Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Fellowship Exhibition 2016 and 2017 celebrates Wyoming artists selected as Visual Arts Fellowship recipients. The exhibition is hosted by major arts venues around the state and rotates on a two year cycle. The artists included in this year’s Biennial Fellowship Exhibition are Cheyenne’s Jennifer Rife, Cheyenne and Georgia , Laramie’s Susan Moldenhauer, Shelby Shadwell and Bailey Russel along with Florence Alfano McEwin of Green River.

Where: Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper

When: Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. The showcase is on display through Dec. 31

The University of Wyoming Art Museum features a collection of rotating exhibitions of art from around the world. Current exhibitions includes the renowned Chicano art collection of actor Cheech Marin.

Monthly Lunchtime Conversations with Curators are a great way to enjoy or familiarize yourself with art. The free, informal gallery walk-through sessions with museum curators and special guests focus on an exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to bring lunch and continue the conversation. October’s rendition features “Papel Chicano Dos: Work on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection.”

Where: University of Wyoming Art Museum, 2111 E. Willett Dr., Laramie,

When: 12-12:30 p.m. Oct. 4

The National Museum of Wildlife Art opens “30 Wonders/30 Years: A History of the Museum in 30 Works” on Oct. 21. The exhibit celebrates the museum’s pearl anniversary by sharing the stories behind a diverse range of objects, including Carl Rungius’s “Sportsmen’s Moose.” The museum owned a copy of the poster and used the image for its 1987 opening promotions without knowing where the original was. The painting was found in 2012 in an attic on Prince Edward Island and now is on display in the museum, along with art by the likes of Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe and Robert Bateman.

Where: 2820 Rungius Road, Jackson


Info: wildlifeart.org or 307-733-5771

Historical spooks

The Casper Area Paranormal Seekers will hunt for ghost activity at the Civil War-era frontier fort during Fort Caspar Museum’s “Ghost Tours of the Fort 2017.”

Where: Fort Caspar Museum, 4001 Fort Caspar Road.

When: Hour-long tours begin every 20 minutes from 7 to 10:40 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and 27-28

Tickets: $7 at Fort Caspar Museum, spaces are limited

Info: (307) 235-8462 or fortcasparwyoming.com

Cheyenne’s “Ghost Fright-Seeing Tours” takes you on a a trolley ride through the darker side of Cheyenne as you hear chilling tales of local haunts and Old West spirits. The tales are based on actual events with ghostly data from local paranormal investigation groups. The trolleys are heated, but expect some bumps in the night and encounters with ghoulish figures. This event is for ages 8 and older.


When: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. October 20-21 and 27-29 with late tours 9 p.m. Saturdays

Tickets: $12 at cheyennetrolley.com

Info: (307) 778-3133

Symphonic highlights

The Colorado Symphony visits Sheridan with a concert featuring Mozart, Kilar, Haydn and Bach. With 80 full-time musicians, the symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado.

Where: Whitney Center for the Arts on the Sheridan College campus, 3059 Coffeen Ave.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 5

Tickets and info: whitneyarts.org

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s 68th season begins with “Theater Magic!” featuring world-famous opera star Mark S. Doss. The Grammy-winning singer has performed in every major opera house in the world. The orchestra rounds out the evening with Stravinsky’s hit L’Oiseau de Feu, known as “The Firebird.”

Where: John F. Welsh Auditorium, Natrona County High School, Casper

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7

Tickets and info: 266-1478, 225 S. David St. or wyomingsymphony.org

The Powder River Symphony season starts with “Celluloid Tunes” featuring music of Danny Elfman, John Williams, Jerome Moross, Bernard Hermann, Elmer Bernstein and Malcolm Arnold.


When: 3 p.m. Nov. 5

Tickets and info: http://prsymphony.org/wp/

The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra presents “Symphony Spooktacular” with a spooky mix of music. The performance ranges from Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabe,” to music from movies including the “Nightmare Before Christmas.” The family matinee concert starts with trick-or-treating and a “musical instrument petting zoo” at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W 20th St.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, with a 2 p.m. family matinee

Tickets and info: cheyennesymphony.org or (307)778-8561

All about arts

Wyoming Arts Summit is the major event of the season in the Wyoming arts circles, with opportunity for Wyomingites to come together and empower the state’s creative sector. The summit highlights many of Wyoming’s visual, performing, literary and musical artists as it offers professional development for arts advocates, administrators, educators and artists. Keynote speakers include internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller Kealoha, the first poet laureate of Hawaii.

The event also features a free concert, the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative Singer/Songwriter Showcase, which doesn’t require registration. Catch the showcase featuring Wyoming bands 7 to 9 p.m. at the The Middle Fork, 351 Main St. and 9 p.m. to midnight at the Lander Bar & Grill, 126 E. Main St.

Where: Lander Community and Convention Center, 950 Buena Vista Drive

When: Nov. 2-4

Info and registration: http://bit.ly/2xun4j2

Follow reporter Elysia Conner on Twitter @erconner


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