Wyoming Theater Festival Receives $25K from Neltje

The Wyoming Theater Festival that’s held in Sheridan has received a gift of $25,000 from the local artist, Neltje.

According to a statement released by the festival organizers, the gift was made on behalf of one of Neltje’s businesses, Turned Antiques, and will support the development of one of the pays to be featured this year.

Sheridan College theater instructor DannyLee Hodnett, who is associated with the festival, said the gift will allow the development of the play, “Alice Formerly of Wonderland,” by playwright Mark Saltzman. Hodnett said the playwright is an internationally respected member of the theater world who began his career in New York with Jim Henson, writing for the Muppets. He participated in last summer’s festival in Sheridan by bringing his musical comedy, “Romeo and Bernadette,” to the stage.

Other plays on the bill for this summer’s festival are: “Cast of Thousands: The Songs of Craig Carnelia;” a youth production of the musical comedy, “Lucky Stiff;” and “East of Heart Mountain,” inspired by the letters of a Sheridan woman named Cora Reed.

Performances of the various shows run for two weeks, July 18-31, with multiple performances presented each day. The Festival will also include workshops and lectures, along with performances at the WYO Theater main stage of “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.”