Montana Repertory Theatre to perform at Library

“Raised in the Saddle,” Jay Kettering’s play featuring the story of bronc rider Alice Greenough as she rides the rails across Montana in 1919, comes to Lewistown courtesy of the Montana Repertory Theater on Oct. 8.

Photo courtesy of Lewistown Public Library


The University of Montana’s Montana Repertory Theatre proudly presents its fall educational outreach tour, “Raised in the Saddle” by Jay Kettering. “Raised in the Saddle” is coming to the Lewistown Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 701 W. Main St.

Told in under 55 minutes, this comedy rolls across the Big Sky state via steam locomotive, following teenage cowgirl Alice Greenough as she encounters a who’s-who list of famous Montanans. With a company of only two actors, the play features puppetry, shadow play and theatrical effects.

It’s the summer of 1919, and Alice Greenough, a teenage spitfire raised near Red Lodge, Montana, is on her way to her first rodeo competition in Forsyth. Her dad always kids that “she has more nerve than brains.” Maybe that’s because her idea of fun is riding buckin’ broncs named Whirlwind, Lightning and Bone Crusher. But before she even reaches her destination, this ride on the rails opens her mind to a bigger world than she ever imagined.

Hear the whistle blowing?

Jay Kettering is a former Lewistown resident and Montana playwright. Kettering fell in love with theatrical writing the first time he heard an actor speak his words and understood that the words he had written no longer belonged to him. Surprisingly, it was a great feeling. Jay earned his B.A. in English/creative writing at the University of Montana in 1982 and is currently a working writer living in Missoula. 

“Raised in the Saddle” is his latest commissioned play for Montana Repertory Theatre’s educational outreach. Previous productions include “Writing Wild: The Adventures of Jack London” and “An Unladylike Battle for Survival in the Sunnyside Library.” 

Montana Public Radio produced Jay’s radio comedy trilogy, “Notes from the Huntley Project,” of which the first episode, “My Dad and Pre-Socratic Thought,” won best audio play at the 2016 Moondance International Film Festival. Jay’s one-act play, “Flotsam, Jetsam and Bill,” premiered at the Theatre of Western Springs in suburban Chicago in 2015. 

Constant inspiration comes from his local writing group, the Zoola Writers. To help pay the bills, he drives for Uber, so give him a call and he’ll give you a ride and tell you a story.

Established in 1967, Montana Repertory Theatre has become one of the most respected professional touring companies in the country today. Montana Repertory Theatre has operated under the artistic direction of Greg Johnson, a member of the Performance and Practice faculty in the University of Montana’s School of Theatre and Dance, for the past 27 years.

Join us at the Lewistown Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. This Montana Repertory Theatre performance is sponsored by the Lewistown Friends of the Library.



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