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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to perform 'Hamlet' and 'Twelfth Night' during summer tour

May 1, 2012


The professional actors in the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks troupe will perform "Hamlet" and "Twelfth Night" during its 2012 tour, its 40th, this summer. The troupe expects to perform 76 performances in 59 communities in the region this year. Photo courtesy of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.    High-Res Available

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform "Hamlet" and "Twelfth Night" during its upcoming 2012 tour throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington this summer.

In its 40th season, the troupe expects to perform 76 performances in 59 communities in the region.
The company features 10 professional actors selected by national auditions who tour without technical assistance to bring live theatre to communities primarily in rural areas.

The company launches its 10-week tour with eight performances in Bozeman before hitting the road July 2 and concluding its summer tour on Sept. 9. This year performances have been added in Columbus, Whitehall and two days in Butte. A complete schedule can be found at the end of this story.

"This summer, the anticipated audience of more than 30,000 people will be treated to two wonderful performances that cover the broad perspective of Shakespeare's genius as a playwright," said Joel Jahnke, MSIP's artistic director and a professor of theater at Montana State University.

Jahnke directs "Hamlet," which he said is almost universally hailed as the greatest play ever written in the English language. Associate artistic director William Brown directs "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy of wild infatuation and mistaken identities.

All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, with the exception of those at Bozeman's Sweet Pea Festival, are free and tickets are not needed for admission. Audiences are encouraged to show up prior to the appointed curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to enjoy the evening.

For more information on the plays and a complete tour schedule, visit the company's website http://www.shakespeareintheparks.org.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of MSU's College of Arts and Architecture. Performances this summer are supported by grants and corporate sponsorships as well as hundreds of individual donors who give what they can to keep the performances free and available to everyone in the touring area.

Major sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Subaru of America, NorthWestern Energy, Stillwater Mining, Barrick Foundation, JTech Communications, Montana Cultural Trust and the Montana Arts Council.


2012 TOUR SCHEDULE
June 20, Bozeman, Hamlet, MSU Grove, 8 p.m.
June 21, Bozeman, Hamlet, MSU Grove, 8 p.m.
June 22, Bozeman, Hamlet, MSU Grove, 8 p.m.
June 23, Bozeman, Hamlet, MSU Grove, 8 p.m.
June 27, Bozeman, Twelfth Night, MSU Grove, 8 p.m.
June 28, Bozeman, Twelfth Night, MSU Grove, 8 p.m.
June 29, Bozeman, Twelfth Night, MSU Grove, 8 p.m.
June 30, Bozeman, Twelfth Night, MSU Grove, 8 p.m.
July 2, Dillon, Twelfth Night, JayCee Park, 6 p.m.
July 3, Big Timber, Hamlet, City Park, 6 p.m.
July 4, Hobson, Twelfth Night, Utica Clubhouse Lawn, 6:30 p.m.
July 5, Lewistown, Hamlet, Fergus County Fairgrounds-gazebo, 6:30 p.m.
July 6, Forsyth, Hamlet, Rosebud County Courthouse Lawn- East Lawn, 6 p.m.
July 7, Sidney, Twelfth Night, Veteran's Park, 6:30 p.m.
July 8, Beach, N.D., Twelfth Night, Beach Swimming Pool Park, 6 p.m.
July 9, Wolf Point, Hamlet, Bridge Park, 6:30 p.m.
July 10, Glendive, Twelfth Night, Makoshika State Park, 6 p.m.
July 11, Ekalaka, Hamlet, Dahl Memorial Lawn, 6:30 p.m.
July 12, Miles City, Twelfth Night, Pumping Plant Park, 6:30 p.m.
July 13, Birney, Hamlet, Poker Jim Butte, 6 p.m.
July 14, Colstrip, Twelfth Night, Rye Park Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.
July 15, Sheridan, Wyo., Twelfth Night, Kendrick Park, 6:30 p.m.
July 16, Billings, Twelfth Night, Pioneer Park, 6:30 p.m.
July 17, Billings, Hamlet, Pioneer Park, 6:30 p.m.
July 18, Hardin, Hamlet, South Park (Corner of Lewis and Division), 6:30 p.m.
July 19, Worland, Wyo., Twelfth Night, Sanders Park, 6 p.m.,
July 20, Roundup, Twelfth Night, City Park, 6 p.m.
July 22, Red Lodge, Hamlet, Lions Park, 6 p.m.
July 23, Powell, Wyo., Twelfth Night, Washington Park, 6:30 p.m.
July 24, Cody, Wyo., Hamlet, Canal Park, 6:30 p.m.
July 25, Absarokee, Hamlet, Fishtail Family Park, 6 p.m.
July 26, Columbus, Twelfth Night, Heritage Park, 6 p.m.
July 27, Cooke City/ Silver Gate, Hamlet, Silver Gate Park, 6 p.m.
July 28, Gardiner, Twelfth Night, Arch Park, 6 p.m.
July 29, Pocatello, Idaho, Twelfth Night, Idaho State University Quad (South end), 6:30 p.m.
July 30, Pocatello, Idaho, Hamlet, Idaho State University Quad (South end), 6:30 p.m.
July 31, Star Valley Ranch, Wyo., Hamlet, Star Valley Ranch, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 1,, Driggs, Idaho, Twelfth Night, Driggs City Park, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 2, West Yellowstone, Twelfth Night,., Union Pacific Building-220 West Yellowstone Ave. (indoor venue), 6 p.m.
Aug. 3, Sweet Pea, Bozeman, Twelfth Night, Lindley Park, 4:30 p.m. (admission is charged to attend the Sweet Pea Festival)
Aug. 5, Sweet Pea, Bozeman, Hamlet, Lindley Park, 5 P.M. (admission is charged to attend the Sweet Pea Festival)
Aug. 6, Great Falls, Twelfth Night, University of Great Falls Theater, 6 p.m.
Aug. 7, Great Falls, Hamlet, University of Great Falls Theater, 6 p.m.
Aug. 8, Cut Bank, Twelfth Night, Cut Bank City Park, 6 p.m.
Aug. 9, Fort Benton, Hamlet, Fort Benton City Park, 6 p.m.
Aug. 10, Choteau, Hamlet, lawn at Skyline Lodge, 6 p.m.
Aug. 11, Deer Lodge, Twelfth Night, Old Montana Prison Yard, 6 p.m.
Aug. 12, Boulder, Twelfth Night, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 6 p.m.
Aug. 13, Helena, Hamlet, Pioneer Park- next to Lewis and Clark Library, 6 p.m.
Aug. 14, Helena, Twelfth Night, Pioneer Park- next to Lewis and Clark Library, 6 p.m.
Aug. 15, Philipsburg, Hamlet, Philipsburg City Park, 6 p.m.
Aug. 16, St. Ignatius, Twelfth Night, St. Ignatius Amphitheater, 6 p.m.
Aug. 17, Plains, Hamlet, Sanders County Fairgrounds, 6 p.m.
Aug. 18, Heron, Hamlet, Heron Ballfield, 6 p.m.
Aug. 19, Libby, Twelfth Night, Middle School Amphitheater, 6 p.m.
Aug. 20, Eureka, Hamlet, Historic Village, 6 p.m.
Aug. 21, Kalispell, Hamlet, Flathead Valley Community College, 6 p.m.
Aug. 22, Superior, Twelfth Night, Behind high school, 6 p.m.
Aug. 24, Seeley Lake, Hamlet, Double Arrow Lodge Grounds, 6 p.m.
Aug. 25, Liberty Lake, Wash. Twelfth Night, Pavilion Park, 5 p.m.
Aug. 26, Charlo, Hamlet, Palmer Park, 6 p.m.
Aug. 27, Missoula, Twelfth Night, University of Montana Oval, 6 p.m.
Aug. 28, Missoula, Hamlet, University of Montana Oval, 6 p.m.
Aug. 29, Hamilton, Hamlet, Daly Mansion, 6 p.m.
Aug. 30, Salmon, Idaho, Twelfth Night, Sacajawea Center, 6 p.m.
Aug. 31, Butte, Twelfth Night, Mural Park, 6 p.m.
Sept. 1, Butte, Hamlet, Mural Park, 6 p.m.
Sept. 2, Manhattan, Twelfth Night, Alterbrand Park, 6 p.m.
Sept. 3, Anaconda, Hamlet, Washoe Park, 6 p.m.
Sept. 4, Townsend, Hamlet, Heritage Fun Park, 6 p.m.
Sept. 5, Whitehall, Hamlet, Whitehall School Lawn, 6 p.m.
Sept. 6, Chico, Twelfth Night, Main Lawn, 6 p.m.
Sept. 7, Big Sky, Hamlet, Town Center, 6 p.m.
Sept. 8, Laurel, Twelfth Night, Laurel Practice Football Field, 6 p.m.
Sept. 9, Bozeman, Hamlet, Ellen Theater (indoor), 1 p.m.

Kathy Jahnke, (406) 994-1220, kjahnke@montana.edu