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Season tickets for symphony

Season tickets are on sale as the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra prepares for the 2018-19 concert season. This season features a search for a new music director with an emphasis on community input. Four of the five concerts will feature music director final candidates conducting programs each has crafted under the theme “Aspects of Love.”

The first concert on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 will feature artistic adviser Jerry Hou as conductor. Hou opens the season at NCHS’s John F. Welsh Auditorium with “Passion and Longing,” his take on the season’s theme. Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, this concert will now feature talented guest vocalist Alexandra Smither instead of vocalist Yunjin Kim (shown in the season brochure).

Hou will also host the first of five pre-concert talks this season where he will share his extensive knowledge to give the audience a deeper understanding of the selections and their historical context. His talk will begin at 5 p.m. at The Lyric the evening of the concert, giving patrons time to enjoy the talk, grab a bite and head to the concert.

Season tickets are on sale now. Visit or call the WSO office at 266-1478 to secure your preferred seats and learn about ticketing options. More information can be found at www.wyomingsymphony.org.

Season tickets for Casper Theater

Casper Theater Company, 735 CY Avenue, will have season tickets available for purchase during the production of Death By Chocolate September 16. The season ticket includes The Red Plaid Shirt on November 9 through 11 and 16 through 18; Who Killed Smith, five episodes of the mini-series sequel January 19 and 20, February 2 and 3, 16 and 17, March 9 and 10, 23 and 24, 2019; and The Housekeeper on May 17 through 19, and 24 through 26, 2019. The cost is $75 for all three. Tickets will be available through the production of The Red Plaid Shirt. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. for all shows.

The Red Plaid Shirt, a comedy by Michael Wilmot, is about the pending retirement of a man who has decided he wants to buy a motorcycle.

Who Killed Smith is the sequel to Chae Tres Chic, last winter’s mini-series. There will be two performances of each episode, one Saturday night, and the same one again on Sunday afternoon. It is a comedy murder mystery with the same actors playing the same characters. Series tickets are also available for the mini-series only, for $60 or two for $100.

The Housekeeper is a comedy by James Prideaux.

Single ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Single tickets for the mini-series episodes are not available. Please call 267-7243 for questions.

Booze and bacon at Events Center

Spectra Venue Management has teamed up with Backwards Distilling Company and Townsquare Media to produce the inaugural Booze and Bacon Festival at the Casper Events Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. The event will feature bacon-filled dishes from a variety of local restaurants and samples of beer and liquor from national and local reps. All samples are included with admission.

VIP access begins at noon. Attendees will vote on their favorite food dish, beer and drink. Trophies will be awarded to the people’s choice in each category. Emcee DJ Nyke from 104.7 KISS-FM will entertain fans and there will be live demonstrations on the Pathfinder Federal Credit Union Stage. A limited amount of packaged beer and liquor items will be available for purchase upon exit from the event.

The Casper Events Center has a designated Uber pick-up and drop-off point at the circle outside of the SinclairTix Box Office. Venue staff will also be available to aid with contacting local cabs and assisting patrons get home safely.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wyoming Food for Thought Project. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the show. VIP tickets are available for $75 each. VIP tickets allow for early entry, access to a special VIP area and come with a VIP lanyard and swag bag.

Workshop committee open

Nancy Geldien is stepping down as chairman of the Art 321 Workshop Committee after serving for two years. The 2019 schedule is almost set, making this a great time for another Casper Artists Guild member to volunteer to become the next chair of the committee. If you might be interested, please talk with Diane or Susie soon.

BGCCW’s Baxter wins national grant

Jessica Baxter, vice president of operations for the Central Wyoming Boys & Girls Club, was awarded the Robert Woodruff Fellowship Program Scholarship presented by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta on August 10. This year, there were three individuals selected for the award. Baxter received the full amount awarded. She will be attending Colorado State University seeking a master’s degree in Adult Education and Training.

The award not only assists the recipient financially but also provides opportunity for extended professional development within the movement as well as a project alongside other professionals as well as national staff. This is an opportunity for the great work happening at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming to have a national impact.

Eclectic arts Fridays

Art 321’s Eclectic Arts Group announces its Friday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) schedule for the coming weeks. All sessions are open to all and require no advance registration. Fee is $5.

September 21, macrame feathers, bring cord, scissors and a dowel or branch, 8 to 12 inches long; September 29, no class.

Wednesday weaving group

Art 321 has started a new Weaving Group which will meet each Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. There are small table looms available for in-house use or for sale for $20, tax included. If you have ever wanted to learn how to weave or to sharpen existing skills, please bring in some yarn and join the group. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, experienced weavers will be there to help you get started and the cost is $5 per attendee.

First Saturday study

Bethel Baptist is planning a weekly in-depth study of the Book of Romans. This will be on Tuesday evenings, starting September 25 at 6:30 p.m. This course will be taught by Dr. Steven Gunderson and will go through December. Phone the church office at 234-8812 for further information.

Death by Chocolate in September

Casper Theater Company, 735 CY Avenue, will present for one weekend only, “Death by Chocolate,” a one-act play by Craig Sodaro. The show will be presented on September 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 16, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, will be available at the door only, one hour before each performance. “Death By Chocolate” is a comedy mystery about Pippa Pipping-Hott and her quest to find her husband, Dennis Pipping-Hott’s killer. Dennis Pipping-Hott, the baking mogul of Macaroon Mansion was murdered one year ago, and Pippa was found guilty of the murder, and recently released on a technicality. The cast includes Wayne Clements as Gridley Wylde-Ryce, Dave Shultz as Dr. Pierpont Rysen-Shyne, Stephanie Petumenos as Tiffney Tanned-Hyde, and Marian Sisneros as Pippa Pipping-Hott. The show is directed by Joan Davies.

Learn ukulele from Pat Patton

Art 321’s Beginning Ukulele Class taught by Pat Patton is attracting students already. The class runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on successive September 19 and 26. No experience is necessary and the cost for the full class is $75 per student. More information is available at Art 321.

Art 321 gift shop emerges

Art 321’s Gift Shop has just emerged from spring cleaning and is now filled with wonderful new artwork created by our member artists. You will find handcrafted and one-of-a-kind gifts in a wide range of prices. In addition to original paintings and pastels, there are fiber arts, jewelry, cards, ceramics, furniture creations, Steampunk art and more. Come by soon to see what’s new.

Informal artists’ mingle

Art 321 is now hosting an informal Artists Mingle session each Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. Artists are invited to meet one another, network and find new friends. Please bring something you are working on to show others and request valuable feedback if you desire. Plan to share ideas and learn what has — and hasn’t — worked for others. No sign-up is necessary. Just come by and become part of a dynamic community of local artists.

Cotherman on theater board

The Casper Theater Company board of directors would like to announce the addition of Audrey Cotherman. Audrey brings board experience, knowledge and a wonderful sense of humor to our board.

The board of directors is a working board, meeting once a month on the first Saturday morning. If you are interested in theater, and would like to become a board member, please send a letter of interest to 735 CY Avenue. Please list your experience in business, theater, and/or serving on nonprofit boards.

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