Dawson Community College Theater Department will present a true turn of the century murder mystery entitled: 'Frontier Justice 1898', written by John M. Watkins Ed.D. and directed by Ron Conrad. This play is a unique Glendive historical drama about one of the most fearless officers in the state of Montana-Sheriff Dominick Cavanaugh.
The first production of 'Frontier Justice 1898', on November 11th, has become a collaborative effort between Dawson Community College Theater instructor Ron Conrad, his theater students and the author John M. Watkins Ed.D.
About the Play: The story is tailor made for Glendive. It's written around the investigation and jury trial of the suspected guilty party.
Led by his research the author, Watkins, relays a true tale of twists, turns and shocking discoveries that left Sheriff, Dominick Cavanaugh's wife a widow with three children, not knowing who committed the "foul deed".
A suspect finally did materialize in the form of Deputy John Hurst. To some he was such an unbelievable villain that his arrest served to divide the town.
Newspapers of the day reported that Cavanaugh, was murdered in an alley near main street close to Doctor Hunt's office. They recounted Sheriff Cavanaugh's loss as "shocking" and his service to Dawson County as "fearless in the discharge of his duty. A lawman respected by all suspicious characters and law breakers".
To lend an additional authentic effect, during the play, Aimee Kuntz will be projecting actual photographs of Glendive from the late 1800's behind the actors.-Courtesy of the Glendive Museum. Also you can go back to Sheriff, Dominick Cavanaugh's time with a carriage ride provided by Ag Instructor Leanne Hoagland and her agriculture students in partnership with Big Sky Shires during the Sunday afternoon show only. The rides are part of an effort by her students to earn money for an educational field trip to Denver. They will be asking $1 for this unique experience. Rides begin before the Sunday show at 1:30pm in front of Toepke Center.
Cast and crew includes: Adam Erhart, Emily Erhart, Caroline Kunst, Kira Madril, Staci Weidner, Shawn Wentz, Jeff Whaley, (Guest actors not in class) include: Jeannette Oliphant, Carson Quinnell, Morgan Wright, Michael Rorvik, Kyle Quale, Patty Winchell, Melonie Beeler and Sammy Beeler.
The play will be presented on campus in the Dawson Community College Auditorium in Toepke Center. The performance begins at 7pm Friday Nov 11 and Saturday Nov 12 with an additional show and on Sunday Nov 13 at 3pm.
Tickets for Adults are $7; Seniors 60+ $5 (not a Gold Card event); 11-18 years $5; 10 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult. DCC students are FREE but must show student ID at the door. They will be available in the Dawson Community College Admission Office-Main Building and also at the Glendive Chamber, 808 North Merrill in Glendive.
Additional fun events: Meet the author Dr. John Watkins Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1p.m. in the Sage Brush Alley Senior Citizens Center or on Friday, Nov 11 between 2-4p.m. at the Glendive Public Library where there will be a western tea. Watkins will give a short presentation a giving background of the play.