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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks launches summer tour

June 22, 2007


The Merry Wives (Cora Vander Broek, left, Jennefer Ludwigsen, right) share a joke at Falstaff's (Michael Kane) expense in this scene from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks 2007 The Merry Wives of Windsor. Photo courtesy of Shakespeare in the Parks.    High-Res Available

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Residents in 52 communities in the region will see Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw at their best as Montana Shakespeare in the Parks launches its 2007 summer tour with performances throughout Montana as well as Idaho, Wyoming and North Dakota.

The award-winning troupe, based at Montana State University, will perform Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor" and George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" during its nine-week tour that will include 70 performances.

It is the Montana Shakespeare in the Park's 35th season of bringing professional theatre productions to communities throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho and western North Dakota. The touring company features 10 professional actors supported by a variety of designers and technicians who work together to bring theatre to communities that may otherwise not have access to it.

All performances, with the exception of the Toast of the Town fundraiser and Sweet Pea Festival, both in Bozeman, are free. Tour coordinators in each of the communities served by MSIP work year-round to raise sponsorship fees to offset the cost of the production. Those attending a performance are encouraged to show up prior to the appointed curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and plenty of friends and family to enjoy the evening.

This year's performance brings the legendary character of Falstaff to the stage in "The Merry Wives of Windsor." The mile-a-minute farce centers on the machinations of two wealthy married women who, for their own amusement, pretend to respond to the advances of old Fat Jack, who has arrived in Windsor with little money but, as usual, with plenty of schemes.

Shaw's "Heartbreak House" features a family full of odd ducks, daffy servants, and bewildered houseguests marooned together as the world begins to shift around them.

A complete schedule of 2007 Montana Shakespeare in the Park's performances follows:

Bozeman
June 23, Saturday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 27, Wednesday, Heartbreak House, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 28, Thursday, Heartbreak House, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 29, Friday, Heartbreak House, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 30, Saturday, Heartbreak House, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
July 20, Friday, Bozeman-Toast, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 5 p.m., MSU Grove. Fundraiser, ticket needed
Aug. 3, Friday, Sweet Pea, Heartbreak House, 4:30 p.m., Lindley Park (button needed for admittance)
Aug. 5, Sunday, Sweet Pea, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 5 p.m., Lindley Park, (button needed for admittance)
Aug. 25, Saturday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 5:30 p.m., MSU Grant-Chamberlain Park

Townsend July 2, Monday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., Heritage Fun Park
White Sulphur Springs, July 3, Tuesday, Heartbreak House, 6:30 p.m., White Sulphur Springs School lawn
Roundup July 4, Wednesday, Heartbreak House, 6:30 p.m., City Park
Lewistown, July 5, Thursday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., Fergus County Fairgrounds- gazebo
Hobson, July 6, Friday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., Utica Clubhouse Lawn
Birney, July 7, Saturday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., Poker Jim Butte
Beach, N.D., July 8, Sunday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Beach swimming pool park
Wolf Point, July 9, Monday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 7 p.m., Fire Hall Park
Miles City, July 10, Tuesday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., Pumping Plant Park
Glendive, July 11, Wednesday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., Makoshika State Park Amphitheatre
Ekalaka, July 12, Thursday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., Dahl Memorial lawn
Baker, July 13, Friday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 7 p.m., Baker Lake Amphitheater
Sidney, July 14, Saturday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park
Colstrip, July 15, Sunday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., Rye Park Pavilion
Forsyth, July 16, Monday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Courthouse lawn- east side
Greybull, Wyo., July 17, Tuesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Greybull City Park
Sheridan, Wyo., July 18, Wednesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., Kendrick Park
Hardin, July 19, Thursday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., South Park
Silver Gate/ Cooke City, July 22, Sunday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., Silver Gate Park
Billings, July 23, Monday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 7 p.m., MSU-B Peaks to Plains Park
July 24, Tuesday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., MSU-B Peaks to Plains Park
Dillon, July 25, Wednesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., JayCee Park
Pocatello, Idaho, July 26, Thursday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., Idaho State University Quad
Driggs, Idaho, July 27, Friday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 7 p.m., City Park
Alpine, Wyo., July 28, Saturday, Heartbreak House, 6:30 p.m., Alpine
Worland, Wyo., July 29, Sunday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Sanders Park
Helena, July 30, Monday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., Anchor Park
July 31, Tuesday, Heartbreak House, 6:30 p.m., Anchor Park
Red Lodge, Aug. 1, Wednesday, , The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., Lions Park
Absarokee, Aug. 2, Thursday, Heartbreak House, 6:30 p.m., Fishtail Family Park
Cody, Wyo., Aug. 6, Monday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., Cody City Park
Powell, Wyo., Aug. 7, Tuesday, Heartbreak House, 6:30 p.m., Homesteader Park
Boulder, Aug. 8, Wednesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., Jefferson County Fairgrounds
Ft. Benton, Aug. 9, Thursday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., City Park
Cut Bank, Aug. 10, Friday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., Cut Bank City Park
Great Falls, Aug. 11, Saturday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., University of Great Falls
Aug. 12, Sunday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., University of Great Falls
Superior, Aug. 13, Monday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., Superior High School Lawn
Whitefish, Aug. 14, Tuesday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., Big Mountain Resort
Libby, Aug. 15, Wednesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Middle School Amphitheater
Aug. 16, Thursday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., Middle School Amphitheater
Eureka, Aug. 17, Friday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Historical Village
Heron, Aug. 18, Saturday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Heron Ball Field
Charlo, Aug. 19, Sunday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Palmer Park
Plains, Aug. 20, Monday, Heartbreak House, 7 p.m., behind Plains School
St. Ignatius, Aug. 21, Tuesday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., St. Ignatius Amphitheater
Hamilton, Aug. 22, Wednesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Grounds of the Daly Mansion
Salmon, Idaho, Aug. 23, Thursday, Heartbreak House, 6:30 p.m., Island Park
West Yellowstone, Aug. 24, Friday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6:30 p.m., 220 Yellowstone Ave.- UP Dining Hall lawn
Philipsburg, Aug. 27, Monday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., City Park
Missoula, Aug. 28, Tuesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., The University of Montana Oval
Aug. 29, Wednesday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., The University of Montana Oval
Chico Hot Springs, Aug. 30, Thursday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., main lawn
Big Timber, Aug. 31, Friday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., City Park
Anaconda, Sept. 1, Saturday, Heartbreak House, 6 p.m., Washoe Park at the Pavilion
Butte, Sept. 2, Sunday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 6 p.m., Chester Steele Park
Big Sky, Sept. 3, Monday, Heartbreak House, 1 p.m., Meadow Village Pavilion

Kathy Jahnke, (406) 994-1220, kjahnke@montana.edu