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Tim Ryan Rouillier’s musical Play Me Montana scheduled for Montana performance

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Musician Tim Ryan will be in the area preparing for his musical biographical production that will be performed June 17, at the University of Montana.  (Courtesy photo) Musician Tim Ryan will be in the area preparing for his musical biographical production that will be performed June 17, at the University of Montana. (Courtesy photo)

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17, mark your maps for Missoula, mark your destination to The University of Montana and reserve a seat at the Dennison Theater. Why? Because Mission Valley homeboy and Nashville-based musician Tim Ryan Rouiller’s “Play Me Montana, A Symphonic Memoir” will be staged at the Dennison Theatre at 7 p.m.

Play Me Montana is an original musical symphony memoir filled with live musical performances of songs written by Ryan and co-writer Charlie Black and Alex Harvey. Black is a Country Music Hall of Fame nominee, and Harvey is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The musical production is designed to capture the incredible beauty and imagery of Montana through the true stories of an America Indian grandfather and his grandson sharing the great wisdom of the grandfather throughout their musical journey together.

The musical production will be filmed for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), and for worldwide distribution. There are also preliminary plans for a live show tour.

“It’s about growing up on the reservation,” Ryan said. More than 50 preforming parts will include American Indians, from the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Ryan will produce the live performance utilizing Montana talents that will include students from the University of Montana as well as youth ages 6-17 from the Flathead Indian Reservation. Together they will emphatically display the incredible functions of dance, theater, recording, film and musical entertainment management, while at the same time providing an opportunity for building confidence, community social outreach and giving a voice or avenue for everyone involved to be heard.As an additional feature, this production will present countless opportunities for students of all ages to participate in apprenticeships with today’s music industry-from involvement with booking agencies, to artistic management, to artist recording and live productions.

Ryan is scheduled to return Montana and the Mission Valley this weekend and begin to set up the logistics. We’ll keep you posted.

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