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Summer Parks Tour

Founded in 1973 on the firm belief that Shakespeare belongs to everyone, our accomplished company of performers and staff work tirelessly to connect people, communities, and the arts, as we spread messages of unity and understanding. Ushering Shakespeare’s immortal stories of life, love, and tragedy into a modern era, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is dedicated to preserving the cultural traditions of theatre and literature. Through artistic expression, we aim to provide lively entertainment that evokes smiles and laughter, alongside tears of joy and sorrow, to all people.

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Our 52nd Season

Born from aspirations to bring the timeless tales of William Shakespeare directly to rural and under-served communities, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been enriching the lives of people in Montana, and beyond, for 52 seasons.

This summer, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is pleased to announce that our summer parks tour performances of  Shakespeare’s Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale will be coming to a community near you!

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“The beginning of a new season is always a fun and exciting time around here. Our team and crew have been working hard to put together performances that not only honor Shakespeare’s immortal stories, but also bring about new relevance and understanding in today’s world. We can’t wait to see these stories come alive on stage!”

– Kevin Asselin, Executive Artistic Director

This summer, 11 actors will embark on 2 classic tales; Hamlet, directed by Kevin Asselin, and The Winter’s Tale, directed by Eva Brenaman.

Hamlet tells the story of the young prince of Denmark who returns home following the sudden death of his father. The most famous ghost story ever told, Hamlet grapples with the weight of his responsibility to avenge his father’s death, to out-maneuver his traitorous uncle, and “to be, or not to be.” With some of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines and iconic characters, audiences won’t want to miss this tale of love and loss, duty vs desire, and the power of performance.

As for The Winter’s Tale, this play spans sixteen years during which a jealous king accuses his wife of infidelity and exiles his newborn daughter to Bohemia where she is raised by shepherds and, ultimately, falls in love with the Bohemian king’s son. Audiences are sure to relish this story of love, loss, and forgiveness.

This summer, the company performs in 65 communities across five states including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington, serving the largest number of communities to date. Most events will feature pre-show performances by local artists and audiences are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy an evening together under the Big Sky among friends and neighbors.

We are funded in part by coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana’s cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.

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Actors

Calvin Adams NEW 2024

Calvin Adams

Sam Cheeseman NEW 2024

Sam Cheeseman

Marcus Cunningham 2023

Marcus Cunningham

Mikey Gray 2024

Mikey Gray

Emily Hawkins NEW 2024

Emily Hawkins

Jamie Herb

Jamie Herb

Avery Johnson 2023

Avery Johnson

Ben Murphy NEW 2024

Ben Murphy

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Riley O'Toole

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Justine Ryan

Emily Walton 2023

Emily Michelle Walton

Artistic and Production Staff

ARTISTIC STAFF: Kevin Asselin (Director – Hamlet) ~ Eva Breneman (Director - The Winter’s Tale) ~ Jeremy Floyd (Costume Designer – Hamlet) ~ Elias Dennis (Costume Designer – The Winter’s Tale) ~ Tom Watson (Scenic Designer – Hamlet) ~ Miguel Salazar (Scenic Designer – The Winter’s Tale) ~ PRODUCTION STAFF: Harmoni Thompson (Stage Manager – Hamlet) ~ Sara Stanek (Stage Manager – The Winter’s Tale) ~ Paige Wisneski (Asst Stage Manager – Hamlet) ~ Laura Tapia (Assistant Director - Hamlet / Assistant Stage Manager – The Winter’s Tale) ~ Simone Dietrich (Assistant Director – The Winter’s Tale) ~ Toy Deiorio (Sound Designer – Hamlet) ~ Andrew Hansen (Sound Designer – The Winter’s Tale) ~ Stacy Hostetter (Properties Designer) ~ Jonathan Dove (Lighting Designer) ~ Chris DuVal (Fight Director – Hamlet) ~ Gretchen Minton (Dramaturg) ~ Kathy Logelin (Text/Verse Coach) ~ Shari Watson (Choreographer) ~ Rae Scott (Production Apprentice) ~ Sierra Riley (Production Apprentice) ~ COSTUME SHOP: Angela Cateora (Shop Manager & Stitcher) ~ Isabella Wieand (Draper) ~ Sean Castro (Draper) ~ Perey Bridges (First Hand) ~ Morgan Brooks (First Hand) ~ Juliette Walsh (Stitcher) ~ Sean Hannah (Costume Design Assistant) ~ Laila Sisson (Costumes/Properties Craftsperson) ~ Nora Tjernagel (Costume Shop Apprentice) ~ Karine Ivey (Wig Master) ~ SCENE SHOP Eric Sanchez (Carpenter) ~ Ashley Milleson (Carpenter) ~ Blake Watson (Carpenter) ~ Gus Scenic (Intern) ~ Peter Fedock (Master Electrician) ~ Dylan McPhail Systems (Tech & Instructional Support)

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