DAILY NEWS photo by Susan Lockhart
Fawn Rush talks about her little girl feelings during the one-act play “ ... And Others.” From left are actors Rebecca Blackhawk, Rush, Macinna Dinsmore (hidden behind Rush), Kameron Olsen, Amanda Dinsmore, Logan Kay, Darren Leonhardt and Cody Bleak. Right, Danielle Yarrington contemplates the acts of her mother’s final days during the monologue “Clear Glass Marbles.”

Thermopolis actors presents works headed to State Drama Festival

By Susan Lockhart
Special Projects Coordinator

THERMOPOLIS — Laughter and tears are in the spotlight as Hot Springs County High School students showcase their State Drama Festival pieces this week for the hometown crowd.
Drama director Mary McGillivray said 15 students will be taking a one-act play, monologues, a duet and many production projects to the festival Dec. 4-6 in Gillette.
The one-act play “...And Others,” by Dennis Bush, gives eight performers a chance to show their dramatic side as they explore many facets of a shattered life. McGillivray said she feels lucky to have such a wealth of experience among cast members Amanda Dinsmore, Macinna Holm, Rebecca Blackhawk, Fawn Rush, Cody Bleak, Darren Leonhardt, Logan Kay and Kameron Olsen.
“The kids are doing so good, they’re working really hard,” said McGillivray, who took over the drama program from Eric Kay who retired from drama but still teaches at HSCHS.
“They put their best effort forward. They’ve worked very hard for me, especially with the transition of going from one director to another. Even though I saw them last year, it’s a different world (directing). They just stepped up to the plate, I couldn’t be prouder.”
McGillivray, who teaches music in the elementary school, said she has even jokingly told the seniors she’ll be flunking them to keep them another year.
“I don’t have any power, really, but I told them I’m going to tell their teachers to fail them because I love them so much and I don’t want to see them go.”
Three monologues will also compete at State Drama:
• Logan Kay’s touching performance of “Ashes,” by Carolyn West, explores the loss a young man feels after his house burns down, and the surprising things he misses most from his former life.
• Danielle Yarrington gives a gripping performance as a daughter reliving the loss of her mother to cancer in “Clear Glass Marbles” by Jane Martin.
• Alex Jensen fights through inner demons in “Asylum” by Dennis Bush.
• Cody Bleak and Darby Abbott bring laughter galore to the stage as they frantically fear they have tied the knot while rehearsing a play in the duet performance of “Forensics Marriage” by Kathleen Nelson.

Greear appointed to House Appropriations Committee

By Susan Lockhart
Special Projects Coordinator

WORLAND — State Rep. Mike Greear, R-Worland, says his recent appointment to the House Appropriations Committee will give him a chance to learn about the state purse strings and how the state’s monies are spent.
“It is a good committee to learn as a legislator,” Greear said. “Because, as is true with most things in the world, you have to understand how the money flows. Plain and simple.”
Greear explained that he was appointed to the committee by Speaker of the House Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, who makes committee assignments.
Greear said that while some in the House leadership wanted him to take the chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee, he thought appropriations was a better fit.
“I felt appropriations would be better for a couple reasons. One being that we don’t have a Big Horn Basin legislator on appropriations and we didn’t the last two years ... Ray Peterson (R-Cowley) was the last person out of the basin on appropriations. So we needed representation in the basin.”
Greear said the appropriations committee will also afford him a ringside seat to some issues affecting the basin.
“Some issues are going to come up that will directly affect south Big Horn and Washakie counties regarding what are we going to do for continued funding source for school construction, what are we going to look to do with the distribution formula for cities, towns and counties ... some issues regarding the change in funding for junior colleges.”
Another issue of interest to the area is funding for canal and pipeline renovation.
Greear said he also sees the gearing up of another discussion/debate on the state’s rainy day fund.
“Should the rainy day fund continue to grow or is enough, enough, and should we be investing that money in infrastructure now to save costs later on?”
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has made it clear he feels some of the money should be spent, Greear said.
“By nature I’m a saver. However, if you fix a leaking roof now, you don’t have to replace the roof later on. So my mind’s not made up on that. I need to hear the arguments.”
During his first term in the house, Greear served on the minerals, business and economic development committee. In his second term he was reappointed to minerals and also served on the rules committee and the technology and process committee.

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