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Shakespeare in the Parks announces 2013 summer tour



BOZEMAN – Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform William Shakespeare’s Henry V and George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer during its upcoming 2013 tour throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington this summer.

In its 41st season, the troupe expects to perform 75 performances in 60 of the region’s communities. The company features 10 professional actors who tour without technical assistance, bringing live theatre primarily to underserved, rural communities.

The 10-week tour launches June 19 with eight performances in Bozeman, and then hits the road July 1 through Sept. 8. All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, with the exception of those at Bozeman’s Sweet Pea Festival, are free.

“This summer, an anticipated audience of more than 30,000 will be treated to two wonderful performances that encompass classic history to hilarious restoration comedy,” said Joel Jahnke, MSIP’s artistic director and a professor of theater at Montana State University.

Jahnke, who has been with the company since 1977, will direct this year’s production of Henry V, and associate artistic director William Brown will direct The Recruiting Officer.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of Montana State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. For more information on the plays and a complete tour schedule, visit

Selected performances from the 2013 tour schedule:

July 1: Big Timber, Henry V, 6:30 p.m., City Park

July 23: Cody, Wyo., The Recruiting Officer, 6:30 p.m., Canal Park

July 24: Red Lodge, Henry V, 6 p.m., Lions Park

July 25: Cooke City/Silver Gate, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Silver Gate Park

July 27: Gardiner, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Arch Park

July 30: Driggs, Idaho, Henry V, 6:30 p.m., Driggs City Center Plaza

July 31: Dillon, Henry V, 6 p.m., JayCee Park

Aug. 1: Chico Hot Springs, Henry V, 6 p.m., Main Lawn

Aug. 2: Sweet Pea, Bozeman, The recruiting Officer, 4:30 p.m., Lindley Park

Aug. 4: Sweet Pea, Bozeman, Henry V, 5 p.m., Lindley Park

Aug. 14: Philipsburg, Henry V, 6 p.m., Philipsburg City Park

Aug. 15: St. Ignatius, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., St. Ignatius Amphitheater

Sept. 2: Bozeman, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Rockin’ TJ Ranch

Sept. 5: Big Sky, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Town Center

Sept. 6: Livingston, The Recruiting Officer, 6 p.m., Shane Center

Sept. 8: Bozeman, Henry V, 1 p.m., Ellen Theater

Megan Paulson is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Outlaw Partners.

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