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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to perform 'As You Like It' and 'Romeo and Juliet' in 2014 tour

May 12, 2014 -- MSU News Service

Andrew Rathgeber, Bobby Bowman and Michael Gonring star in the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks 2014 summer production of "As You Like It." The production is set in 1917 Butte. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform 75 shows in 61 communities in its summer tour, which will end Sept. 7. Photo by Grace Duval.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN—Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform “As You Like It” and "Romeo and Juliet” during its upcoming 2014 tour of Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington this summer.

In a Montana twist, the comedy, “As You Like It,” will be set in Butte during the tumultuous years of the Copper Kings and the union conflicts.

In its 42nd season, the troupe expects to perform 75 shows in 61 communities in the region. The company features 10 professional actors selected by national auditions. The actors bring quality live theatre to communities in primarily rural areas.

The company launches its 10-week tour Wednesday, June 18 with eight performances at the Montana State University duck pond in Bozeman before hitting the road June 30. This season the company has added performances in Trout Creek and Belgrade. The tour will conclude at the MSU duck pond Sunday, Sept. 7 with a showing of “As You Like It.”

“It is an immense honor to have the opportunity to serve the Rocky Mountain community in our continued tradition of providing excellence in theatre for the variety of rural communities across the region.” said Kevin Asselin, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ new executive artistic director.

Asselin has been with the company for 12 years as an actor, educator, fight choreographer, and director and will direct this year's production of "As You Like It." William Dickerson will direct the tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.” This is Dickerson’s fourth season directing for the summer tour.

All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, with the exception of those at Bozeman's Sweet Pea Festival, are free. Audiences are encouraged to show up prior to curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, friends and family to enjoy the evening.

For more information on the plays, the company and the summer schedule, visit the website http://www.shakespeareintheparks.org.

2014 Tour Schedule
June 18, Wednesday, Bozeman, As You Like It, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 19, Thursday, Bozeman, As You Like It, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 20, Friday, Bozeman, As You Like It, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 21, Saturday, Bozeman, As You Like It, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 25, Wednesday, Bozeman, Romeo and Juliet, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 26, Thursday, Bozeman, Romeo and Juliet, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 27, Friday, Bozeman, Romeo and Juliet, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 28, Saturday, Bozeman, Romeo and Juliet, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 30, Monday, Big Timber, Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Lions Club Park

July 1, Tuesday, Big Sky, As You Like, 6:30 p.m., Town Center Park
July 2, Wednesday, Hobson-Utica, Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Utica Clubhouse Lawn
July 3, Thursday, Lewistown, As You Like It, 6:30 p.m., Elks Clubhouse at the Pine Meadows Golf Course
July 4, Friday, Havre, Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Pepin Park
July 5, Saturday, Sidney, As You Like It, 6:30 p.m., Veteran’s Park
July 6, Sunday, Wolf Point, As You Like It, 6:30 p.m., Faith Home Park
July 7, Monday, Malta, As You Like It, 6 p.m., PC Courthouse Lawn
July 8, Tuesday, Glendive, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Makoshika Amphitheater
July 9, Wednesday, Beach, N.D., As You Like It, 6 p.m., Beach Swimming Pool Park
July 10, Thursday, Miles City, Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Pumping Plant Park
July 11, Friday, Forsyth, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Rosebud County Courthouse East Lawn
July 12, Saturday, Hardin, As You Like It, 6 p.m., South Park, corner of Lewis and Division
July 13, Sunday, Cooke City, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Silver Gate Park
July 14, Monday, Chico Hot Springs, As You Like It, 6:30 p.m., Main Lawn
July 15, Tuesday, Red Lodge, Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Lions Park
July 17, Thursday, Worland, Wyo., Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Sanders Park
July 18, Friday, Sheridan, Wyo., As You Like It, 6 p.m., Kendrick Park
July 19, Saturday, Birney, Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Poker Jim Butte
July 20, Sunday, Colstrip, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Rye Park Pavilion
July 21, Monday, Powell, Wyo., Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Washington Park
July 22, Tuesday, Cody, Wyo., As You Like It, 6:30 p.m., Canal Park
July 23, Wednesday, Absarokee, As You Like It, 6:30 p.m., Fishtail Family Park
July 24, Thursday, Billings, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park
July 25, Friday, Billings, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park
July 26, Saturday, Gardiner, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Arch Park
July 27, Sunday, Dillon, As You Like It, 6 p.m., JayCee Park
July 28, Monday, Thayne, Wyo., As You Like It, 6:30 p.m., Soccer Field
July 29, Tuesday, Driggs, Idaho, Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m., Driggs City Center Plaza
July 30, Wednesday, Pocatello, Idaho, As You Like It, 6:30 p.m. Idaho State University Quad
July 31, Thursday, Pocatello, Idaho, Romeo and Juliet, 6:30 p.m. Idaho State University Quad

Aug. 1, Friday, Sweet Pea Festival, Bozeman, Romeo and Juliet, 4:30 p.m., Lindley Park
*Admission is charged to attend the Sweet Pea Festival
Aug. 3, Sunday, Sweet Pea Festival, Bozeman, as You Like It, 4:30 p.m., Lindley Park
*Admission is charged to attend the Sweet Pea Festival
Aug. 4, Monday, Philipsburg, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Winninghoff Park
Aug. 5, Tuesday, Kalispell, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Flathead Valley Community College
Aug. 6, Wednesday, Cut Bank, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Cut Bank City Park
Aug. 7, Thursday, Ft. Benton, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Ft. Benton City Park
Aug. 8, Friday, Great Falls, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., University of Great Falls
Aug. 9, Saturday, Great Falls, As You Like It, 6 p.m., University of Great Falls
Aug. 10, Sunday, Anaconda, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Washoe Park
Aug. 11, Monday, Helena, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park next to the Lewis and Clark Library
Aug. 12, Tuesday, Helena, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park next to the Lewis and Clark Library
Aug. 13, Wednesday, Belgrade, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Lewis and Clark Park
Aug. 14, Thursday, Superior, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Mineral County Fairgrounds near the school
Aug. 15, Friday, Plains, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Sanders County Fairgrounds
Aug. 16, Saturday, Trout Creek, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Trout Creek Park
Aug. 17, Sunday, Libby, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Libby Elementary School Amphitheater
Aug. 18, Monday, Eureka, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Historic Village
Aug. 19, Tuesday, Hamilton, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Sapphire Lutheran Homes
Aug. 20, Wednesday: Boulder, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Fairgrounds
Aug. 22, Friday, Seeley Lake, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Double Arrow Lodge Grounds
Aug. 23, Saturday, Liberty Lake, Wash., As You Like It, 5 p.m., Pavilion Park
Aug. 24, Sunday, Charlo, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Palmer Park
Aug. 25, Monday, Missoula, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., University of Montana Oval
Aug. 26, Tuesday, Missoula, As You Like It, 6 p.m., University of Montana Oval
Aug. 27, Wednesday, Deer Lodge, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Old Montana Prison Yard
Aug. 28, Thursday, Salmon, Idaho, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Sacajawea Center Amphitheater
Aug. 29, Friday, Butte, As You Like It, 6 p.m., Original Mine Yard
Aug. 30, Saturday, Manhattan, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Altenbrand Park
Aug. 31, Sunday, Townsend, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Heritage Park

Sept. 1, Monday, Laurel, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Laurel Practice Football Field
Sept. 2, Tuesday, Columbus, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Heritage Park
Sept. 3, Wednesday, Roundup, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Roundup City Park
Sept. 4, Thursday, Whitehall, As You Like It, 6 p.m., 206 Yellowstone Road
Sept. 5, Friday, Livingston, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Shane Center
Sept. 6, Saturday, West Yellowstone, Romeo and Juliet, 6 p.m., Town Park
Sept. 7, Sunday, Bozeman, As You Like It, 1 p.m., MSU-Grove

Contact: Susan Dickerson (406) 994-3303, susan@montana.edu