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Viewing of film starring Gilbert Intermediate student is extended until Dec. 14.

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Special to BTS NEWS

If you missed Stephenville resident Carter Van Zandt, 11, in his screen debut in “Welcome to the West,” there’s still time to watch it.

By popular demand, the multimedia concert film's run is extended until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, online at

The Gilbert Intermediate fifth grader plays Cowboy, and a host of other Stephenville residents worked both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Dallas-based nonprofit Lumedia Musicworks filmed the movie-short a few weeks ago at Pannill Ranch and other places in Stephenville to celebrate the life of the American rancher, and the musical portion was shot in Celina.

“Welcome to the West” tickets are $12-$20 at

As a special gift, student tickets are offered at no charge. There are discounts available on other tickets.

The 50-minute production features poetry, sonatas, concertos, traditional fiddling, folk tunes and 1940s western swing paired with contemporary and historic film footage and photographs from the Library of Congress.

Others in the film are Thane Isaac of Denton as Jacob, and who also is one of Lumedia’s Baroque violinists; Molly Hammond of Houston as Woman, and who also plays the harpsichord; and Biscuit of Houston, who plays Dog. Isaac, Hammond, Lumedia’s artistic director Julianna Emanski of Frisco and alto and Baroque violinist Stephanie Noori of Westworth Village, also play traveling musicians in the film. Horse Marvin, who is also known as 3 Bars Chiccado and belongs to Carter's family, also is featured in the film.

RJ Wall of Stephenville reads a poem by cowboy poet Paul Kern of Utah in another part of the production.

Click to see the film’s trailer.


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