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Interactive & Original

Montana Shakes! brings interactive, original plays featuring scenes from Shakespeare to sixty elementary schools each spring. The plays are accompanied by exciting theatrical workshops which introduce Shakespeare to young people in a way that is based on engagement and not apprehension. Montana Shakes! begins with a 45-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. Three workshops are offered, designed to fit the age of the students and meet Montana Common Core standards. 


MSIP 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.

SPRING 2024: Goofs, Gaffes, Flubs, & Fumbles

The 2024 offering from MONTANA SHAKES! is a K-6 an original interactive play called  Goofes, Gaffs, Flubs, & Fumbles, written by Matt Foss in collaboration with Sam Cheeseman, Emily Hawkins, and Nadja Simmonds.

Montana Shakes! programming features various 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.

If there is a school in your community that you feel would benefit from the Montana Shakes! program, please contact:

Hannah Jacobsma at for more information on how you can help bring the program in.

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 Gentlemen of Verona

2022 – Bottom’s Dream

2023- Hamlet Sandwich

2024 - Goofs, Gaffes, Flubs, & Fumbles


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