Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is celebrating 50 years in collaboration with Sal and Carol G. Lalani, according to a recent news release.
“Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been enriching the lives of people in Montana, and beyond, for 50 seasons. This semicentennial season will be in memory of Shane G. Lalani,” according to MSIP.
To honor this milestone, this past week’s performance was “Bottom’s Dream” performed to children ages K-6 in Bozeman.
“King Lear” and “Twelfth Night” will be the productions on the summer tour in Montana and neighboring states. After that, in the fall, Shakespeare in the Schools will bring “MacBeth” to students across the state.
“To be celebrating 50 seasons of amazing performances is truly a special accomplishment. Our greatest pleasure comes from knowing that audiences can discover the magic of Shakespeare, where universal truths of mankind are united through stories that stretch beyond space and time,” said Kevin Asselin, Executive Artistic Director.
Written by MSIP alumnus Matt Foss, award-winning playwright and accomplished director, “Bottom’s Dream” is based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
“It tells the story of eccentric and earnest Nicky Bottom, who, along with her three misfit friends, set out to prove they can tell their own version of this classic tale of magic and mayhem using a lot of imagination … and a lot of trash,” the release said.
MSIP was established in 1973 with the belief that Shakespeare belongs to everyone. The accomplished company of performers and staff work tirelessly to connect people, communities and the arts as they spread messages of unity and understanding.
Free summer and winter tours are offered by MSIP, along with educational programs through their summer camp, interactive plays and workshops.
According to MSIP, they are dedicated to preserving the cultural traditions of theatre and literature. Through this artistic expression, they provide lively entertainment that evokes smiles and laughter, alongside tears of joy and sorrow, to all people.