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3:30 pm - New Play Reading Series

Join local playwrights Kathy Witkowsky, Linda Grinde, and Maria Yost for a series of dramatic readings of new original short plays.

4:45 pm - Humanities Montana Presents: My Love Affair with Montana

Hal Stearns, notable historian, returns to First Night with yet another enthralling multimedia presentation about the great state we live in and the historical events that have shaped it. History comes alive and has never been so entertaining as with this presentation sponsored in part by Humanities Montana.

6:00 pm - The Year of Baldwin

Leah Joki is a Julliard trained actress, prison theater teacher, and published author. Ms. Joki will present and star in a staged reading of her new comedy: The Year of Baldwin.

If you think things are bad in our current political climate, come take a glimpse of what the future may hold. Forget elections, now we just appoint a famous person every year and this is the year of Alec Baldwin. Come join Ms. Joki and her exceptional cast in this hilarious romp about a mother who tries to save her children from being mandated to work in a recycling plant and her elderly father from a death camp. There are twists and turns in this comedy about a world gone amuck.



Levia from Arts & Above on Vimeo.

Arts & Above is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary arts organization based in Missoula, Montana. We create dances, music, visual arts, installations, films, and more.We present live performances for the local community, as well as nationally, and internationally.

We perform in conventional and unconventional spaces, from proscenium to blackbox stages, and art galleries and the open nature. We provide educational opportunities through on-going movement classes, workshops, and residencies, and are committed to reaching out to people of all ages and backgrounds.



12:30 pm - Movement Workshop with Arts & Above

12:30 – 1:30 pm | University Center Commons

A movement workshop for everyone with or without previous dance experience. It is about connecting the mind and the body, while having fun with the tasks given. Kate and Bruno encourage people to be themselves, and to express themselves.

3:30 pm - An Afternoon of Stories with Arts & Above

3:30 – 4:30 pm | UM Dennison Theater

An afternoon of text, music, dance and film. Come to watch live performances that reveal personal, identity-shaping moments in the lives of Kate and Bruno.

During “An Afternoon of Stories,” Bruno shares music and events prevalent to his youth in Angola, coming of age in Cuba, and present reality as a resident of the United States of America.

Kate reveals her stories of growing up in a sports family, while having a sibling with severe specials needs. She fell in love with dance, and following this path influenced her life choices; from the East Coast, to the West Coast, and the Northern and Southern continents of the Americas.

Together, Kate and Bruno share what it means to be partners domestically and professionally, as they are a married couple and artistic partners.

5:00 pm - Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre

5:00 – 6:00 pm | UM Dennison Theater

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Co. performs original works and classical favorites.
From ballet to hip hop, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

All volunteers receive FREE admission to First Night.
Most shifts are only 2 hours.