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Montana Shakes!

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Montana Shakes!

Spring 2020 TBA February 24 - May 16, 2020

Full Schedule Teacher Toolkit 2020

Montana Shakes! brings an interactive original play featuring scenes from Shakespeare to sixty elementary schools each spring. The play is accompanied by exciting theatrical workshops and introduces Shakespeare to young people in a way that is based on engagement and not apprehension.


The 2021 offering from MONTANA SHAKES! is a virtual K-6 friendly adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Montana Shakes! virtual programming features four different theatrical workshops making for a fun-filled day for students K-6 that also meets many of Montana's Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. Call now to reserve a spot for your school or organization.

Workshops Offered



Students will work in pairs for this workshop.


Students will investigate the fight scene between the young people in Midsummer and, time permitting, rehearse in pairs or foursomes.


Students will be working on “Pyramus and Thisbe”, the very silly play-within-the-play of Midsummer.

Show History

2008 - All The West's A Stage
2009 - No Tour
2010 - All The West's a Stage
2011 - AWS: A Fool's Gold
2012 - AWS: Good Knight, Sweet Prince, Great King!
2013 - AWS: Brave New Words

2014 - AWS: What Country, Friends?
2015 - AWS: Star Crossed Stagecoach
2016 - AWS: A Midsummer Night's Dream
2017 - AWS: Good Knight, Sweet Prince, Great King!
2018 - AWS: The Tempest
2019 - As You Like It: Books in Brooks
2020 - The Two Gentlement of Verona


MONTANA SHAKES! begins with a 35-minute performance of accessible Shakespeare followed by a 10 to 15 minute question and answer to give the students an opportunity to learn more about the production. Four workshops are offered, designed to fit the age of the students and meet Montana Common Core standards.

MONTANA SHAKES! only charges schools one-half of the actual cost of keeping the program on the road. The other half is made up through a combination of grants and individual donations. School administrations most often cover the fee, but often times parent-teacher organizations or community groups help to pay for part or all of the program. If there is a school in your community that you feel would benefit from the MONTANA SHAKES! program, please contact:

Stephanie Chavara at email for more information on how you can help bring the program in.

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