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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to perform ’Macbeth’ and ‘You Never Can Tell’ in 45th anniversary season

May 10, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Nate Cheeseman returns to Montana Shakespeare in the Parks for a third season to play the title character in “Macbeth,” one of two plays that the touring company will perform during its 45th season, which launches in June. Photo credit: Winslow Studio and Galleries

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, one of the oldest Shakespeare companies in the United States, will launch its 45th season in June with performances of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell.” 

The company will travel 7,700 miles during the season, running from June 14 through Sept. 5 performing in 61 communities in five states -- Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington. All performances are offered free to the audience in local parks and public spaces, making them accessible to all.

Kevin Asselin, executive artistic director, will direct “Macbeth” while associate artistic director William Brown will return to Montana to direct “You Never Can Tell.” The 10 professional actors that will tour with the company were chosen out of a highly competitive pool of about 500 applicants auditioning in Bozeman, Chicago and Minneapolis.

Asselin said “Macbeth” will be set in a post-apocalyptic world where resources are limited and power is vital for survival. Contrasted to that will be “You Never Can Tell,” one of Shaw’s funniest plays.

“It all adds up to a great season of theater under the Big Sky,” Asselin said.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of Montana State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. Grants, corporate sponsorships and hundreds of individual donors support the free performance.

This year major sponsors include: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gilhousen Family Foundation, The Gianforte Family Foundation, Pheasant Farms, Spectec: Thunderbird International Corporation, Montana Arts Council, Barnard Construction, NorthWestern Energy, D.A. Davidson and Company, KBZK, ERA Landmark, Yellowstone Public Radio, Stillwater Mining and the Spanish Peaks Foundation.

For more information on the plays and an up to date tour schedule, visit MSIP’s website at The full tour schedule is listed below.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

2017 Tour Schedule
June 14, Wednesday, Bozeman, Macbeth, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 15, Thursday, Bozeman, Macbeth, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 16, Friday, Bozeman, Macbeth, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 17, Saturday, Bozeman, Macbeth, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 21, Wednesday, Bozeman, You Never Can Tell, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 22, Thursday, Bozeman, You Never Can Tell, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 23, Friday, Bozeman, You Never Can Tell, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 24, Saturday, Bozeman, You Never Can Tell, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 26, Monday, Hobson/Utica, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Utica Community Hall
June 27, Tuesday, Lewistown, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Pine Meadows Golf Course
June 28, Wednesday, Conrad, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Conrad City Park
June 29, Thursday, Malta, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Court House Lawn

June 30, Friday, Wolf Point, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Faith Home Park
July 1, Saturday, Sidney, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park Pavilion
July 2, Sunday, Ekalaka, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Dahl Memorial Nursing Home
July 3, Monday, Miles City, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Pumping Plant Park
July 5, Wednesday, Beach, North Dakota, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Beach Swimming Pool Park
July 6, Thursday, Colstrip, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Rye Park Pavilion
July 7, Friday, Birney, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Poker Jim Butte
July 8, Saturday, Hardin, Macbeth, 6 p.m., South Park
July 9, Sunday, Columbus, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Heritage Park
July 10, Monday, Absarokee, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Fishtail Family Park
July 11, Tuesday, Red Lodge, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Lions Park
July 12, Wednesday, Roundup, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., City Park
July 13, Thursday, Glendive, Macbeth, 7 p.m., Makoshika Park Amphitheater 
July 14, Friday, Forsyth, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Rosebud County Courthouse Lawn
July 16, Sunday, Powell, Wyoming, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Washington Park
July 17, Monday, Cody, Wyoming, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Canal Park
July 18, Tuesday, Worland, Wyoming, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Sanders Park
July 19, Wednesday, Sheridan, Wyoming, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Kendrick Park Band Shell
July 20, Thursday, Billings, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park
July 21, Friday, Billings, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park
July 22, Saturday, Silver Gate/Cooke City, You Never Can Tell 6:30 p.m., Silver Gate Park
July 23, Sunday, Big Timber, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Lions Club Park
July 24, Monday, Dillon, Macbeth, 6:00 p.m., Jaycee Park
July 25, Tuesday, Thayne, Wyoming, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Community Center Lawn
July 26, Wednesday, Driggs, Idaho, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Creekside Meadows Ave.
July 27, Thursday, Pocatello, Idaho, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., ISU Quad
July 28, Friday, Pocatello, Idaho, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., ISU Quad
July 29, Saturday, West Yellowstone, Macbeth, 6 p.m., West Yellowstone school football field
July 30, Sunday, Townsend, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Heritage Park

July 31, Monday, Laurel, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Laurel High School practice football field

Aug. 1, Tuesday, Chico Hot Springs, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Chico Main Lawn

Aug. 2, Wednesday, Boulder, Macbeth, 6:30 p.m., Jefferson County Fair

Aug. 3, Thursday, Fort Benton, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Fort Benton City Park

Aug. 4, Friday, Sweet Pea Festival, Macbeth, 3:45 p.m., Lindley Park

Aug. 6, Sunday, Sweet Pea Festival, You Never Can Tell, 5 p.m., Lindley Park

Aug. 7, Monday, Helena, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park

Aug. 8, Tuesday, Helena, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park

Aug. 9, Wednesday, Choteau, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Skyline Lodge

Aug. 10, Thursday, Salmon, Idaho, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Sacajawea Center Amphitheater

Aug. 11, Friday, Deer Lodge, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Old Prison Grounds

Aug. 12, Saturday, St. Ignatius, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Taelman Park

Aug. 13, Sunday, Charlo, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Palmer Park

Aug. 14, Monday, Anaconda, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Washoe Park Pavilion

Aug. 15, Tuesday, Hamilton, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Sapphire Lutheran Homes

Aug. 16, Wednesday, Superior, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Mineral County Fairgrounds

Aug. 17, Thursday, Plains, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Sanders County Fairgrounds

Aug. 18, Friday, Trout Creek, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Trout Creek Park

Aug. 19, Saturday, Liberty Lake, Washington, You Never Can Tell, 5 p.m., Pavilion Park

Aug. 20, Sunday, Sandpoint, Idaho, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Bonner County Fairgrounds

Aug. 21, Monday, Libby, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Libby Elementary Amphitheater

Aug. 22, Tuesday, Eureka, Macbeth 6 p.m., Historical Village

Aug. 24, Thursday, Seeley Lake, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Double Arrow Lodge Grounds

Aug. 25, Friday, Cut Bank, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Cut Bank City Park

Aug. 26, Saturday, Great Falls, You Never Can tell, 6 p.m., University of GF Campus

Aug. 27, Sunday, Great Falls, Macbeth, 6 p.m., University of GF Campus

Aug. 28, Monday, Whitehall, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., 206 Yellowstone Road

Aug. 29, Tuesday, Butte, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Original Mine Yard

Aug. 30, Wednesday, Manhattan, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Altenbrand Park

Aug. 31, Thursday, MSU Family/Grad Housing, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., MSU Grove

Sept. 1, Friday, Big Sky, Macbeth, 5:30 p.m., Town Center Park

Sept. 2, Saturday, Livingston, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Shane Lalani Center Parking Lot

Sept. 3, Sunday, Belgrade, You Never Can Tell, 3:30 pm, Lewis & Clark Park

Sept. 4, Monday, Missoula, Macbeth, 6 p.m., UM Oval

Sept. 5, Tuesday, Missoula, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., UM Oval


Susan Miller, 406-994-3303,