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Special Events

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks hosts three special events each season; The Elise Event, ticketed and open to the public, and our Behind the Scenes and Dream Events, exclusively for MSIP's Artistic Director's Circle members. 

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The Elise Event

The Elise Event is a chance for friends of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to gather and raise support for MSIP’s Shakespeare in the Schools program. Join us for a performance of this year’s Shakespeare in the Schools’ production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The performance will be followed by a lively Q&A and mingling with the cast, MSIP Artistic Director & Staff, dinner, and a partially-hosted bar.

Celebrating Elise Donohue

Named for late benefactor Elise R. Donohue, The Elise Event is a celebration of Shakespeare in the Schools honoring Elise’s remarkable dedication to the arts in our community. The Elise Event began in 2002, when Elise bid on an auction item for a private performance of a Shakespeare in the Schools’ production. Recognizing the production’s value to the community, Elise gifted the performance back to the public, allowing others to experience the marvelous production. From that initial public performance, the Elise Event was born. Now in its 22nd year, the Elise Event has grown over time to become a treasured annual celebration.

Known and loved to many in the Gallatin Valley, Elise was an ardent advocate for the performing arts and a dedicated supporter of numerous institutions. Her family carries on her generous spirit and passionate advocacy of the arts by providing the community an opportunity to learn about Shakespeare in the Schools and pass on the torch of Shakespeare’s masterpieces to future generations.

This year, the Elise Event will be hosted on Saturday, November 2nd. Limited tickets will be available in early fall! 

“Students should see Shakespeare because language is important and I believe we should allow the arts to transform us and enable us to live a thoughtful life.”

– Elise R. Donohue

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Behind the Scenes

Held each June, summer tour sponsors and Artistic Director’s Circle donors get a sneak preview into the magic behind bringing our summer productions to life! During this reception, we open the costume, prop, and scene shops and treat guests to presentations from each production’s director.

Become an Artistic Director’s Circle donor today!

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