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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to perform "The Merchant of Venice" June 22-25

June 14, 2011

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Merchant Of Venice" during its upcoming 2011 tour throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington this summer.

This is the 39th season for the touring company, whose performances have become a summer tradition and seasonal highlight for many rural communities. This year, the troupe expects to perform 75 performances in 60 communities in the region.

"This summer, the anticipated audience of more than 30,000 people will be treated to two wonderful performances that cover the broad perspective of Shakespeare's genius as a playwright," said Joel Jahnke, MSIP's artistic coordinator and a professor of theater at Montana State University.

The company launches its 10-week tour with eight performances in Bozeman before hitting the road June 27. A complete schedule can be found at the end of this story.

All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, with the exception of those at Bozeman's Sweet Pea Festival, are free and tickets are not needed for admission. Audiences are encouraged to show up prior to the appointed curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to enjoy the evening.

For more information on the plays and a complete tour schedule visit the company's website http://www.shakespeareintheparks.org.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of MSU's College of Arts and Architecture. Performances this summer are supported by grants and corporate sponsorships as well as hundreds of individual donors who give what they can to keep the performances free and available to everyone in the touring area. Major sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, NorthWestern Energy, Stillwater Mining, Pacific Steel & Recycling, Barnard Construction, Montana Cultural Trust and the Montana Arts Council.


The schedule for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks 2011 summer performances in Bozeman follow:
June 15, Bozeman, Much Ado About Nothing, MSU-Grove, 8 p.m.
June 16, Bozeman, Much Ado About Nothing, MSU-Grove, 8 p.m.
June 17, Bozeman, Much Ado About Nothing, MSU-Grove, 8 p.m.
June 18, Bozeman, Much Ado About Nothing, MSU-Grove, 8 p.m.
June 22, Bozeman, The Merchant of Venice, MSU-Grove, 8 p.m.
June 23, Bozeman, The Merchant of Venice, MSU-Grove, 8 p.m.
June 24, Bozeman, The Merchant of Venice, MSU-Grove, 8 p.m.
June 25, Bozeman, The Merchant of Venice, MSU-Grove, 8 p.m.
Aug. 5, Sweet Pea Festival, Bozeman, Much Ado About Nothing, Lindley Park, 4:30 p.m.*
* admission is charged at this event
Aug. 7, Sweet Pea Festival- Bozeman, The Merchant of Venice, Lindley Park, 5:00 p.m.*
*admission is charged at this event