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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks sets gala fundraiser Feb. 15

January 22, 2014

"A Midwinter Night’s Dream," will be held at the Black Box Theater on the MSU campus and will feature a reading and performance from "Henry IV," the introduction of Kevin Asselin, the company's new artistic director, as well as catered food and drink and Renaissance dance lessons.

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has set an inaugural gala fundraiser, "A Midwinter Night’s Dream, Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Black Box Theater on the campus of Montana State University.

Kevin Asselin, new artistic director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, will be introduced at the event. Asselin will also direct the evening’s performance “Fathers and Son,” which will present scenes from "Henry IV," with a focus on Henry’s relationship with his two father figures.

 Gretchen Minton, Montana State University English professor and Shakespearean scholar, will guide the audience through the story, providing historical background and setting up the action of each scene. The scenes will be performed by actors Will Dickerson, Tom Morris and Ray Schultz. 

The Shakespearean lecture and performance will be the centerpiece of a night of festivities that will include the music of Jake Fleming, Renaissance dance lessons with Bridger View Ballet, food by ADOUR and libations by Plonk.

Asselin will also announce the 2014 Montana Shakespeare in the Parks season and his plans for the company’s thriving educational outreach programs, Shakespeare in the Schools and Montana Shakes!

 "A Midwinter Night’s Dream" is sponsored by Sharon and Michael Beehler.  The Beehlers are both MSU professors emeriti of English as well as longtime supporters of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and its mission. 

 “We’re proud to support Shakespeare in the Parks and all it does for the cultural life of Bozeman and beyond," Sharon Beehler said. "There’s nothing like a warm Montana evening watching the pros perform The Bard. We hope you will also be inspired to support Shakespeare in the Parks so the plays will keep coming. MSIP is a top notch company that can be relied upon for outstanding performances and quality educational opportunities. It’s been an important part of our lives for the nearly 30 years we’ve lived in Bozeman.”

Tickets for A Midwinter Night’s Dream are $50 and are available by calling the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks office at 994-3111. 

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.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of MSU College of Arts and Architecture.


Lila Michael, 406-994-3310