The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, 17 W. Quartz St., will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series at noon Wednesday, Dec. 14, with a presentation by Doug Ammons and Gary Funk about an upcoming musical commemoration of the 1917 Granite Mountain-Speculator Fire.
“No Greater Love,” the epitaph on Manus Duggan’s tombstone, provides the title for this musical-theatrical production. The live performances premiere next summer, June 9 and 10, 2017, at the Mother Lode Theatre.
The story is based on the writings of Doug Ammons in Speculator Mine Disaster: 99 Years Later, and the poetry of Butte writers Joseph H. Duffy, Ed Lahey, and Seattle poet Brian William Taylor. Excerpts from Myron Brinig’s “Wide Open Town” are interwoven throughout. The libretto, written with assistance by Sylvia Funk, is set to music by Gary Funk.
Montana author Ammons will be familiar to Archives’ audiences from his previous presentation, retelling the disaster based on the recently found Coroner’s Inquest. Funk serves as an adjunct instructor at Montana Tech. He has taught music in Montana, Oregon and Arizona. In addition to writing an original screenplay, a full-length opera, and many pieces for choir, solo voice, and piano, he as directed musical theater productions and staged dramatic versions of choral masterworks.
Following a welcome by Jerry Sullivan, Ammons will provide historical background on the story, and Funk will introduce the storyline and the music. Finally, Mary McMahon will present the fundraising needs for the production. “No Greater Love” is scheduled to premiere in Butte next summer.
Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Details: 406-782-3280.