MONTANA SHAKES! and so should you!Since 1993, when Shakespeare in the Schools came into being, we have been performing Shakespeare for young people all across the region. While we often have performed in small schools that were comprised of grades K-12, the program's focus had always been junior high and high school level students. Having watched elementary school-aged children enjoying our summer productions for so many years and sensing there might be a need, we wanted to offer a program specifically targeting this age group, and that's how MONTANA SHAKES! was born. In the spring of 2008, a wonderfully creative team put together a pilot project to test the waters and the response was off the charts. This program, which features an interactive production of Shakespeare scenes, a lively talk back and workshops that build on the performance experience and are designed for different age levels, provides a perfect introduction to Shakespeare at a time when young people are the most receptive to learning. The goal of the program is to provide a positive first experience with Shakespeare and an introduction to his work that is based on appreciation, not apprehension. Given the response we have received thus far, this program truly delivers.
Spring 2017: All The West's A Stage: Good Knight, Sweet Prince, Great King!The 2017 offering from MONTANA SHAKES! is All the West's a Stage: Good Knight, Sweet Prince, Great King! The loveable Johnny Dropbottom is now an actor in the show, along with the curmudgeonly Augustus Babylon, and spirited Mary Sweetgrace, who help Johnny get into the part of Prince Harry, the son of King Henry IV. Featuring scenes from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I, All The West's A Stage depicts Prince Harry's struggle in showing his father that he can live up to his title, despite spending so much time with his mischievous friend Falstaff and innkeeper Mistress Quickly. Montana Shakes! is accompanied by three sets of three different theatrical workshops (nine in all) making for a fun-filled day for students K-5 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. Slots are filling up fast!
How Does This Work?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 Susan Miller at 406-994-3303 or email email@example.com for more information on how you can help bring the program in.
List of Plays Through the Years
Auditions for Montana Shakes!
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**CASTING IS COMPLETE FOR THE 2017 SHAKES! TOUR**
ABOUT MONTANA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS’ PROGRAMS
Shakespeare in the Parks (in its 45th season) employs 10 actors for a 15-week summer season that includes rehearsals and a multi-state tour in Montana, northern Wyoming, Eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington. Two plays rehearse for five weeks starting in late May and then tour the region for a ten-week period ending in early September. The 2017 season will present Macbeth, directed by Kevin Asselin and You Never Can Tell, directed by William Brown. Starting salaries are $400/week plus room and board allowance while on tour. Housing in Bozeman is also provided.
Shakespeare in the Schools (in its 25th season) employs 8 actors for a 10-week fall season that includes rehearsals and a multi-state tour in Montana and northern Wyoming. The 2017 season will present Twelfth Night. We are particularly looking for actor/educators who have the experience, interest and ability to be effective teachers as well as actors. The play rehearses for three weeks starting in mid-September and then tours the region for a ten-week period ending in mid-December. Starting salaries are $420/week plus room and board allowance while on tour. Housing in Bozeman is also provided.
MONTANA SHAKES! on the road
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What Teachers and Students Are Saying About MONTANA SHAKES!
Workshops OfferedMontana Shakes offers three workshops that get students actively engaged in the accompanying production. 2017 Workshops are listed below:
Creative Design Workshop: Forge the Crown! Defend the Kingdom! (maximum size 25-30) This hands-on workshop is geared towards the visual learner. Taking a cue from the imagery of medieval England, the setting for Good Knight, Sweet Prince; Great King!, this workshop will focus on creating tangible models of themes within the play. For kindergarten through 2nd Grade, the workshop will result in three-dimensional crowns symbolizing the student’s perception of power and effective leadership; while 3rd grade and up will build original models that realize the students’ points of view and create a pathway to inferencing and thoughtful discussion. Goals
Dispatches from the RoadFrom the company manager's journal on their visit to Alberton School in April 19, 2011
"The verse workshop continues to be a joy to teach, and excites and challenges me just as much as I challenge the students. I am infinitely fascinated and always taken aback by the true scope of their imaginations." ~ Mark Kuntz, Company Manager for All The West's a Stage: A Fool's Gold
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Good Knight, Sweet Prince, Great King! Show and Workshops