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Montana Shakespeare in the Schools' annual Elise Event benefit set for Nov. 3

October 4, 2012


The 'Witches of Macbeth' will perform at the annual Elise Event benefiting Montana Shakespeare in the Schools. Photo by Orange Photographie.   High-Res Available

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A performance of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" will highlight a benefit to support the Montana Shakespeare in the Schools program that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Montana State University's Black Box Theater.

The annual Montana Shakespeare in the Schools fundraiser, called The Elise Event as a tribute to patron Elise Donohue, will feature a performance followed by a behind-the-scenes discussion with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' artistic director Joel Jahnke, as well as the troupe's actors and designers. There will also be a catered reception with wine and appetizers.

Jahnke said the event is important because the schools in Montana and Wyoming where Shakespeare in the Schools perform can only cover 25 percent of the actual costs of the tour. Grants and corporate sponsors make up a portion of the difference, but a significant amount must come from individual donors.

"Because of Elise's continued support and generosity, 100 percent of the ticket sales and donations received for this event go directly to support the Shakespeare in the Schools outreach program," Jahnke said.

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools, a nationally recognized outreach program of MSU's Shakespeare in the Parks program, is in its 20th season. This year's 10-week tour runs through mid-December, serving an estimated 12,000 students in 48 schools throughout Montana and northern Wyoming. As with the summer tour, Shakespeare in the Schools primarily focuses on rural communities. Of the communities served, 80 percent have a population of 5,000 or less and many of these students will be experiencing a live Shakespearean performance for the very first time.
This season the company has added three public performances in order to make these excellent productions accessible to everyone including performances in Buffalo, Wyo., Livingston and Frenchtow.

For more information about Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, including its tour schedule, see shakespeareintheparks.org.

Tickets for The Elise Event are $40 and are available at First Interstate Bank in the Strand Union, Cactus Records or by calling the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks office at 994-3901. Since seating is limited, advanced reservations are highly recommended.

The Black Box Theater is located adjacent to the Visual Communications Building on the MSU campus, located at the corner of 11th and Grant in Bozeman.

Lila Michael (406) 994-3901 lila.michael@montana.edu