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8' SEPTEMBER 25. 2009 USC Theatre SC returns to Longstreet stage with Cyrano de Bergerac Contn'buted by OSC News "Cyrano de Bergerac," the legendary story of the long-nosed, hero for all seasons, will be the University of South Carolina Theatre SC's debut production for 2009 - 10 running Sept. 25 - Oct. 4 in Longstreet Theatre. Anthony Cochrane, a former member of The Royal Shakespeare Company and a veteran stage actor, will play the role of the iconic Cyrano, while the rest of the cast and crew consists entirely of undergraduates. Sophomore Carley Peace of Lexington, SC has composed and will perform original music for the show. Visiting Prof. of Acting Robert Richmond will direct his own adaptation of French poet and dramatist Edmond Rostand's play, adding that Peaces demanding role is typically reserved for graduate students. Show times are 8 pm Friday, Sept. 25, and Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2. Saturday performances - Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 7 pm with a bonus late--night, half-price showing at 11 pm on the first Saturday. Also, a 3 pm show will take place Oct. 4. Ticket prices are $16 for the public; $14 for university facul staffand the military; $10 for students. The Dillards headline the Congaree Bluegrass Festival Oct. 3 By Mike Cox Danny Creamer picked up an electric guitar when he was young like a lot of other guys. And also like a lot of other guys, he didn't learn to play it. After a few months it was gone, and he was interested in other things. Fast forward about three decades when Creamer attended a blue- grass festival with his wife. He heard the music and decided right then he was going to play the man- dolin. His wife thought he was going through his mid-life crisis but proba- bly figured it was cheaper than a red convertible and easier to accept than a blonde 20 years his junior. Danny got his man- dolin and started playing. The twin strings were wreaking havoc on his fin- gers so a friend suggested he start with an acoustic guitar. That was about five years ago. Today, Danny Creamer is still playing that rhythm guitar and his band, The Sugarloaf Moun- tain Boys, is one of the busiest in the Midlands. They will be playing at the second annual Con- garee Bluegrass Festival this year, along with Bill Wells and the Dillards. If you are a fan of the Andy Griffith Show, you might know the Dillards as the I Darlings, the musical fami- ly from up in the hills that came to Mayberry from ...... J time to time to straighten out the city folks. The boys who played the music in those old back and white  spots were areal bluegrass band, and the two surviv- ing members are still together and headlining this year's festival. Cayce's Tammy Barkley, who is organizing the event, says Danny Creamer came up with the idea. Everything else fell into place. Creamer' is much too modest to agree; he says he was just looking for a place to play, and the Good Lord took care of the rest. Local legend and Bluegrass father figure Bill Wells is a mentor for Danny Creamer. Wells says Danny is a "good boy who works hard at promoting his band and Bluegrass music, and loves entertain- - ing." Wells also hopes Cayce keeps the festival exclusively Bluegrass and thinks the annual music event can become really big. The Congaree Blue- grass Festival will be held Saturday, October 3, start- ing at 11 am until 8 pm. The city of Cayce and Love Chevrolet are sponsoring the free event, which will be held at Granby Gardens Park in the city complex. The lineup features Darlene and the Reflec- tions, Easy Pickins, Anne & Shelly, and The UBgB, in addition to Sugarloaf Mountain Boys, Bill Wells Doug and and the Blue Ridge Moun- tain Grass, and this year's headliners, the Dillards. Band scrambles, and banjo and guitar contests will be held, and jam ses- sions will be going on all day long. The contests are free but pre-registration is necessary. The Koss Motor Sports Car Show and Sound Off and Jeff Rob- bins' Mountain Music, Sto- ries, and Dance will also be part of this year's event, as will the Capital City Clog- gers. The Coagaree Blue- gross Festival Is free except fCr food and drinks. Food and craft vendors will be set ap all da and the pro- ceeds will support Harvest Hope Food Bank andGod's Helping Hands. Bring a canmd good or non-per- ishabh food item tohelp the cause. Maybe yotfll get the sam, fever that ffflict- ed Dann3 Creamer. .1| creepy-crawly, pulling.., An estimated 12 million Americans have Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS..A research study is being conducted locally to help treat RLS, a condition that can result in: Discomfort or pain in your legs, which worsens at night or when resting A strong urge to move your legs for relief If you have symptoms of RLS, call today: 1-888 51-3958 www.rls.study.com Participants will receive free study-related exams and study medication.