Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' elementary schools tour, MONTANA SHAKES!, has launched its sixth spring tour of regional schools.
This year's spring tour has been expanded to 11 weeks, ending May 23, allowing the company to reach even more students across Montana and northern Wyoming.
The troupe of three actors will perform "All the West’s a Stage: What Country, Friends?," a 30-minute play showcasing scenes from Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night,"along with active participation from students in the audience. This is the fifth play in the company's "All the West’s a Stage" series, which was written by the team of Susan Miller-Dickerson and Will Dickerson for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. This year's company includes Colter Langan, a Montana native from Cut Bank returning as company manager, Danielle Wineman and Sean Driscoll, who was last seen as King Henry in Montana Shakespeare in the Park’s 2013 summer tour of “Henry V.”
Workshops presented in conjunction with the performance will include “What’s in a Word? Shakespeare’s Juicy World of Words,” “There’s Gonna Be a Fight!” and “We Hope It Suits You: Costuming the Character,” all written by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ Lila Michael. Michael Gonring, a veteran actor of the SHAKES! tour, is the workshop coach.
Montana SHAKES! is one of the only educational tours of its kind that provides a positive first experience to Shakespeare for students from kindergarten to sixth grade. Since 2008, the program has grown from a 15-school tour, to reaching more than 9,000 students in 50 regional schools annually.
“This program provides a perfect introduction to Shakespeare at a time when young people are most receptive to learning,” said Kevin Asselin, executive artistic director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. “As we look forward toward the future of Montana SHAKES!, we will continue to grow and build upon what inspires, what excites and what entertains our young people in the Rocky Mountain region.”
Montana SHAKES! is supported in part by the Beim Foundation, the Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation, the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of the College of Arts and Architecture at MSU.
For more information about Montana SHAKES!, or to reserve a date for next year's tour, contact Lila Michael at (406) 994-3310, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks website: www.shakespeareintheparks.org.
Tour dates for Montana SHAKES! 2014 are:
*Please note all school performances are for private audiences and not for the general public.
SHAKES! Tour Schedule 2014
March 25 Morningstar Elementary, Bozeman
March 26 Hyalite Elementary, Bozeman
March 27 Townsend Elementary
March 28 Longfellow Elementary, Bozeman
March 31 Woodland Elementary, Sheridan
April 1 Forsyth Elementary
April 2 Park City Elementary
April 3 Lewis & Clark Elementary, Great Falls
April 4 Lewis & Clark Elementary, Great Falls
April 7 Stanford Elementary
April 8 Mountain View Elementary, Great Falls
April 9 Fort Benton Elementary
April 10 Valley View Elementary, Great Falls
April 11 Valley View Elementary, Great Falls
April 14 Cut Bank Educational Foundation
April 15 Augusta Elementary
April 16 Lewis & Clark School, Lewistown
April 17 Lewis & Clark School, Lewistown
April 17 Lewistown Library, Lewistown
April 21 Meadowlark Elementary, Bozeman
April 22 Miles Avenue School, Billings
April 23 Grace Montessori, Billings
April 24 Blue Creek School, Billings
April 25 St Mary’s Catholic School, Livingston
April 28 Laura Irwin School, Basin, Wyo.
April 29 Livingston School, Cody, Wyo.
April 30 Parkside/Westside/Southside Schools, Powell, Wyo.
May 1 Meeteese School
May 2 Cloud Peak Middle School, Manderson, Wyo.
May 5 Ridge View Elementary, Belgrade
May 6 Frenchtown K-6
May 7 Corvallis Primary
May 8 Ennis Elementary
May 9 Park and Gallatin Valley Home School Network, Bozeman
May 12 Plains Elementary
May 13 Arlee Elementary
May 14 Darby Elementary
May 15 Potomoc School, Bonner
May 16 Stevensville Elementary
May 19 Amsterdam School
May 20 Big Timber Elementary
May 21 Springhill School, Belgrade
May 22 Anderson School, Bozeman
May 23 Central and Broadwater, Helena
Lila Michael at (406) 994-3310, email@example.com