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Montana Shakespeare in the Schools performs 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' during 2013 fall tour

September 16, 2013

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools will perform Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" during its annual fall tour of 48 schools in Montana and Wyoming. The tour begins Oct. 11. Photo by Winslow Studio.   High-Res Available

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Bozeman – Montana Shakespeare in the Schools will perform “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”in schools in the region during its 2013 fall tour. Several public performances will also be offered.

Celebrating its 21st season with this production, Montana Shakespeare in the Schools will perform Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy to nearly 12,000 students in communities throughout Montana and Wyoming as a part of its annual fall tour, which begins Oct. 11.

The 10-week tour is the first of two educational outreach programs being offered by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, which is based at Montana State University, during this academic year.  The fall tour will conclude in late December. MONTANA SHAKES!, a tour designed specifically for elementary school children, will tour in the spring of 2014.

“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is thought to be one of Shakespeare's earliest plays.  It follows the riotous exploits of Valentine and Proteus, best friends who test the bonds of loyalty and honor when they fall for the same girl.  Much humor and romance ensues while the different sets of lovers, and their servants, try to untangle the mess.  In order to accommodate schools’ scheduling needs, productions are trimmed to 75 minutes. There will also be workshops on relevant themes in the play, Shakespearian verse and stage combat.

Susan Dickerson, director of educational program for Montana Shakespeare in the Schools, said the goal of the troupe is to bring live, professional performances of Shakespeare’s plays to middle and high schools across Montana and Wyoming, emphasizing rural, underserved areas.

"Because of Shakespeare in the Schools’ commitment to rural outreach, SIS was able to reach nearly 25 percent of all high school students in Montana in 2012," she said.

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools has tapped Kevin Asselin, professor of acting and head of movement for Oklahoma City University, to direct the production.  Asselin is an award-winning director, actor and certified fight choreographer.  Kevin is also an alumnus of all three tours for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks; the summer tour, the Schools and the SHAKES! programs.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and Schools resident designer Tom Watson is again on board to create a dynamic traveling set that will work in the varied spaces the production plays.  Costume designer Claudia Boddy returns for her fourth season with SIS with costumes from the glittering 1920’s.  Michael Gonring, a beloved alumnus of three Shakespeare in the Schools tours, is company manager and will be playing the canine-owning clown Launce.

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools began in 1993 with two professional actors performing scenes from Shakespeare’s plays with minimal costumes and scenery. It has grown to include an eight-member professional company that offers a full Shakespearean production complete with rich, originally designed costumes and scenery, as well as a talk back session and a full complement of workshops.

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools is funded in part by the Montana Arts Council: Artists in Schools and Communities and the Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation.

Shakespeare in the School's annual Elise Event, a fundraiser named in honor of sponsor Elise Donohue, will be held at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in MSU's Black Box Theater located at 11th and Grant St. The event will feature live preshow music by gypsy jazz quartette Montana Manouche, the performance of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” followed by an intimate talk back with the actors and designers. A catered wine reception will round out the evening’s festivities. Tickets are $40 per person. Advance reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 994-3310.

For more information about Shakespeare in the Schools, visit the website at shakespeareintheparks.org or call (406) 994-3901.

Oct. 11 – Anderson School, Bozeman

Oct. 14 – Colstrip High School, Colstrip
Oct. 15 – Sheridan High School Sheridan, Wyo.
Oct. 16 – Buffalo High School, Buffalo, Wyo.

Oct. 16 – PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, Buffalo High School Auditorium, Buffalo, Wyo.
Oct. 17 – Literary Round Up, Big Timber
Oct. 18 – Literary Round Up, Big Timber

Oct. 19 - Literary Round Up, Big Timber
Oct. 20 –Literary Round Up, Big Timber
Oct. 21 – Sweet Grass County High School
Oct. 22 – Columbus High School, Columbus
Oct. 23 – Roundup High School, Roundup
Oct. 24 – Townsend High School, Townsend
Oct. 25 – Sleeping Giant Middle School, Livingston
Oct. 28 – Bainville High School, Bainville
Oct. 29 – Sidney High School, Sidney
Oct. 30 – Scobey High School, Scobey

Nov.4 - Park and Gallatin County Home School, Bozeman
Nov.5 – Helena High School, Helena
Nov.6 – White Sulphur Springs High School, White Sulphur Springs
Nov.7 – CS Porter Middle School, Missoula

Nov.7 – PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, CS Porter Middle School Auditorium, Missoula

Nov.8 – CS Porter Middle School, Missoula
Nov.11 – Lame Deer High School, Lame Deer
Nov.12 – Meeteetse High School, Meeteetse, Wyo.
Nov.13 – Cody High School, Cody, Wyo.
Nov.14 – Powell High School, Powell, Wyo.
Nov.15 – Ten Sleep School, Ten Sleep, Wyo.

Nov.16 – PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, The Elise Event, Black Box Theater, MSU campus, Bozeman
Nov.18 – Simms High School, Simms
Nov.19 – Box Elder High School, Box Elder
Nov.20 – North Star High School, Rudyard
Nov.21 – Conrad High School, Conrad
Nov.22 – East Valley Middle School, East Helena
Nov.25 – Belt High School, Belt
Nov.26 – Highwood School, Highwood
Nov.27 – Shields Valley High School, Shields Valley
Dec. 2 –  Sentinel High School, Missoula
Dec. 3 –  Hamilton High School, Hamilton
Dec. 4 –  Sheridan High School, Sheridan
Dec. 5 –  Ennis High School, Ennis
Dec. 6 –  Lone Peak High School, Big Sky
Dec. 9 –  Belgrade High School, Belgrade
Dec. 10 –Stevensville High School, Stevensville
Dec. 11 –Seeley-Swan High School, Seeley Lake
Dec. 12- St. Ignatius High School, St. Ignatius
Dec. 13 –Frenchtown High School, Frenchtown
Dec. 16 –Corvallis High School, Corvallis
Dec. 17 –Florence-Carlton High School, Florence
Dec. 18 –Chief Joseph Middle School, Bozeman
Dec. 19 –PETRA Academy, Bozeman
Dec. 20 –Manhattan High School, Manhattan

 

Lila Michael lila.michael@montana.edu (406) 994-3310