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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to perform 'Henry V' and 'The Recruiting Officer' during 2013 summer tour

April 19, 2013


Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform Shakespeare's "Henry V" and George Farquhar's "The Recruiting Officer" during its upcoming 2013 tour throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington this summer. This photo, taken at Makoshika Park near Glendive, was taken during last summer's performance. Photo courtesy of Shakespeare in the Parks.   High-Res Available

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform Shakespeare's "Henry V" and George Farquhar's "The Recruiting Officer" during its upcoming 2013 tour throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington this summer.

In its 41st season, the troupe expects to perform 75 performances in 60 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 June 19 with eight performances in Bozeman before hitting the road July 1 and concluding its summer tour on Sept. 8. This season the company has added performances in Malta, Thayne, Wyo., Livingston and the Rockin TJ Ranch in Bozeman. A complete schedule can be found at the end of this story.

"This summer, an anticipated audience of over 30,000 will be treated to two wonderful performances that encompass classic history to hilarious restoration comedy," said Joel Jahnke, MSIP's artistic director and a professor of theater at Montana State University.

Jahnke, who has been with the company since 1977, will direct this year's production of "Henry V."  During his tenure, Jahnke has directed more than 40 productions for MSIP.  He has also directed for the Montana Repertory Theatre, Greasy Joan and company in Chicago and the Magic Circle Mime Company based in Seattle.

Associate artistic director William Brown directs "The Recruiting Officer." Elegant costumes and beautiful scenery along with original music by award-winning composer Andrew Hansen will complement the restoration comedy.

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.

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.

This summer, the entire MSIP summer season is sponsored by The Gianforte Family Foundation. Other major sponsors include Subaru, The National Endowment for the Arts, NorthWestern Energy, Barrick Gold Foundation, Montana Cultural Trust and the Montana Arts Council.

2013 TOUR SCHEDULE

June 19           Bozeman, Henry V, 8 p.m., MSU-Grove

June 20           Bozeman, Henry V, 8 p.m., MSU-Grove

June 21           Bozeman, Henry V, 8 p.m., MSU-Grove

June 22           Bozeman, Henry V, 8 p.m., MSU-Grove

June 26           Bozeman, The Recruiting Officer, 8 p.m., MSU-Grove

June 27           Bozeman, The Recruiting Officer, 8 p.m., MSU-Grove

June 28           Bozeman, The Recruiting Officer, 8 p.m., MSU-Grove

June 29           Bozeman, The Recruiting Officer, 8 p.m., MSU-Grove

July 1              Big Timber, Henry V, 6:30 p.m.,CityPark

July 2              Hobson-Utica, Henry V, 6:30 p.m.,Utica Clubhouse Lawn

July 3              Lewistown, The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m., Fergus County Fairgrounds

July 4              Malta, The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m., PC Court House Lawn

July 5              Wolf Point, The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m.,FaithHomePark

July 6              Sidney, Henry V, 6:30 p.m., Veteran's Park

July 7              Beach, N.D., Henry V, 6 p.m.,BeachSwimmingPoolPark

July 8              Glendive, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,MakoshikaState Park 

July 9              Ekalaka, The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m., Dahl Memorial Lawn

July 10            Miles City, Henry V, 6:30 p.m., PumpingPlantPark

July 11            Roundup, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,CityPark

July 12            Forsyth, Henry V, 6 p.m.,RosebudCounty Courthouse- East Lawn

July 13            Birney, Henry V, 6 p.m., Poker Jim Butte

July 14            Colstrip, The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m.,RyePark Pavilion

July 15            Billings, Henry V, 6:30 p.m.,PioneerPark

July 16            Billings, The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m.,PioneerPark

July 17            Hardin, Henry V, 6:30 p.m.,SouthPark (Corner of Lewis and Division)

July 18            Worland,Wyo., Henry V, 6 p.m.,SandersPark

July 19            Sheridan, Wyo., The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m., Kendrick Park

July 20            Absarokee, Henry V, 6 p.m., FishtailFamilyPark

July 22            Powell, Wyo., Henry V, 6:30 p.m.,Washington Park

July 23            Cody, Wyo., The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m.,CanalPark

July 24            Red Lodge, Henry V, 6 p.m.,LionsPark

July 25            Cooke City/Silver Gate, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,SilverGatePark

July 26            Columbus/Stillwater County, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,HeritagePark

July 27            Gardiner, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,ArchPark

July 28            Pocatello, Idaho, Henry V, 6:30 p.m., Idaho State University Quad (South end)

July 29            Thayne, Wyo., The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m.,ThayneCommunity Center

July 30            Driggs, Idaho, Henry V, 6:30 p.m.,DriggsCityCenterPlaza 

July 31            Dillon, Henry V, 6 p.m.,JayCeePark

Aug. 1             Chico Hot Springs, Henry V, 6 p.m., Main Lawn

Aug. 2             Sweet Pea, Bozeman, The recruiting Officer, 4:30 p.m.,LindleyPark

            *Admission is charged to attend the Sweet Pea Festival

Aug. 4             Sweet Pea, Bozeman, Henry V, 5 p.m.,LindleyPark

            *Admission is charges to attend the Sweet Pea Festival

Aug. 5             Great Falls, Henry V, 6 p.m., University of Great Falls

Aug. 6             Great Falls, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., University of Great Falls

Aug. 7             Cut Bank, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,CutBankCityPark

Aug. 8             Fort Benton, Henry V, 6 p.m.,Ft.BentonCityPark

Aug. 9             Choteau, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Lawn@ Skyline Lodge

Aug. 10           Townsend, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,HeritageFunPark

Aug. 11           Boulder, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,JeffersonCounty Fairgrounds

Aug. 12           Helena, Henry V, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park- next to L&C Library

Aug. 13           Helena, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park- next to L&C Library

Aug. 14           Philipsburg, Henry V, 6 p.m.,PhilipsburgCityPark

Aug. 15           St. Ignatius, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., St. Ignatius Amphitheater

Aug. 16           Plains, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,SandersCounty Fairgrounds

Aug. 17           Heron, Henry V, 6 p.m., MT Time, Heron Ballfield

Aug. 18           Libby, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Middle School Amphitheater

Aug. 19           Eureka, Henry V, 6 p.m., Historic Village

Aug. 20           Kalispell, Henry V, 6 p.m.,FlatheadValleyCommunity College

Aug. 21           Superior, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Fairgrounds near the school

Aug. 23           Seeley Lake, Henry V, 6 p.m., Double Arrow Lodge Grounds

Aug. 24           Charlo, Henry V, 6 p.m., Palmer Park

Aug. 25           Liberty Lake, Wash., Henry V, 5 p.m., Pavillion Park

Aug. 26           Missoula, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,University ofMontana Oval

Aug. 27           Missoula, Henry V, 6 p.m.,University ofMontana Oval

Aug. 28           Hamilton, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,DalyMansion

Aug. 29           Salmon, Idaho, Henry V, 6 p.m., Sacajawea Center

Aug. 30           Butte, Henry V, 6 p.m.,MuralPark

Aug. 31           Deer Lodge, Henry V, 6 p.m., OldMontana Prison Yard

Sept. 1           Whitehall, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., 206Yellowstone Trail

Sept. 2           Bozeman, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Rockin' TJ Ranch

Sept. 3           Manhattan, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,AltenbrandPark

Sept. 4           Anaconda, Henry V, 6 p.m.,WashoePark

Sept. 5           Big Sky, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,TownCenter

Sept. 6           Livingston, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m.,ShaneCenter

Sept. 7           Laurel, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Laurel Practice Football Field

Sept. 8           Bozeman, Henry V, 1 p.m., EllenTheater

 

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