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Tickets available for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' Toast of the Town, July 24

July 20, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Tickets are on sale for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' Toast of the Town - an outdoor summer gala Fri., July 24 at 6 p.m. in The Grove just east of the Duck Pond on the MSU campus.

Tickets are also available for the MSIP' Reverse Flamingo Raffle, which features 10 prizes. Only one hundred $100 tickets will be sold. Raffle ticket holders do not have to attend Toast of the Town to win.

The raffle's grand prize is a $12,000, state-of-the art Sony 40-inch, 1080p 120Hz flat panel display, along with a full 5.1 Audiophile Quality Surround system from Triad Speakers and Integra Audio. Basic installation is included along with expert video and audio calibration all courtesy of Studio AV.

The nine additional prizes, valued at $300 to $700, have all been donated from a tour community where MSIP performs during the summer season.

Toast of the Town tickets are $100 and cover everything from cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to a three-course sit-down dinner with wine and valet parking.

Traditionally, The Toast has always ended with a performance in The Grove, but this year, the acting company and other special guests will be an intimate part of "Montana Shakespeare in the Parks...Inside and Out": sharing stories, amusing mishaps and adventures as well as some select scenes.

Actor Bill Pullman whose Hollywood credits include "Independence Day," "While You Were Sleeping" and most recently, "Bottle Shock," will also take part in the festivities. Pullman's acting/directing career has included five seasons with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks from 1977-81 during the company's early years.

The evening features: two open bars by the Zebra Cocktail Lounge and Southern Wine and Spirits of America; hors d'oeuvres by Sola Café; reserved seating and dinner with choice of entrée; desserts by Elle's Belles Bakery and Café; mystery gifts, a live auction and free valet parking.

The auction will consist of exclusively Shakespeare related items that will include: a VIP "Behind the Scenes" visit to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland; an original Dana Aaberg painting of MSIP's "The Tempest"; an all-inclusive four-course dinner for 10 catered by Weebee's and served at a final dress rehearsal of your choice of a summer 2010 production; a private Shakespeare in the Schools performance of "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet" and a private performance of "MONTANA SHAKES!"

Contact Kathy at 406-994-1220 or for tickets to The Toast as well as for The Reverse Flamingo Raffle.