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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks returns to perform in the Bozeman area

August 24, 2010

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will return to Gallatin and Park counties in early September, providing a final opportunity for local audiences to see plays that were rained out with unusual frequency this summer.

"The quote 'for the rain it raineth every day' from 'Twelfth Night' has come to mind several times this summer," said Joel Jahnke, MSIP artistic director. "Our home base of Bozeman has been particularly hard hit with bad weather both at the MSU-Grove near the Duck Pond at the start of the season and again at Sweet Pea. We just want to get the word out that there are still a few more opportunities to see ("A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Julius Caesar") this summer."

Jahnke said each summer there are a certain number of performances that are moved inside, cut short or sometimes even canceled due to inclement weather. But this year has been somewhat unusual in that 17 out of 74 performances so far have been affected by the weather, making it one of the most weather-impacted season in the troupe's history.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform "Julius Caesar" in Bozeman at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, in the Valley View Subdivision, just off Durston behind Heritage Christian School. The troupe will perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Grant Chamberlain Park on the MSU campus at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. The park is located off College Street in the center of the student housing apartments in the northwestern corner of campus Both performances are free and picnics are welcome.
MSIP will also perform in neighboring communities in September. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be performed at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in Manhattan's Alterbrand Park, across from Manhattan School, at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 at Arch Park in Gardiner and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, on the lawn of Chico Hot Springs.

"If you haven't had a chance to catch these plays yet, these would all be great locations to see some of Shakespeare in the Parks' best work and end the summer on a great note," Jahnke said. "And yes, do bring your rain gear. This is Montana."

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of Montana State University's College of Arts and Architecture. For additional information about Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, call 994-1220, e-mail kjahnke@montana.edu or visit the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks website at www.montana.edu/shakespeare.

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