Montana Shakespeare in the Schools
Anne E. Thompson and Mark Kuntz in the 2012 production of Macbeth.Schedule for TourBrochure DownloadMacbeth Teacher Toolkit
From the Page to the StageAlthough Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been playing to outdoor audiences in the summer all over Montana, northern Wyoming, southern Idaho, western North Dakota, and eastern Washington since 1973, we are equally proud of the progress our first educational outreach program has made since the first fall tour in 1993. In less than a decade, we have grown from a two-actor tour that performed scenes with very limited costumes and scenery to an eight-member professional company that performs a 75-minute production of a complete Shakespearean play complete with ornate costumes and scenery along with a Q&A session between the actors and students and a full complement of workshops following the performance. This fall marks the 20th season that this unique touring program will bring a live Shakespearean play and workshops directly to middle schools and high schools. Of the 48 schools visited last year, the company performed on or near six of Montana’s seven Indian reservations and 41% of the schools were located in communities with a population of less than 1,000; the smallest being Bainville, MT, pop. 208.
Fall 2013: The Two Gentlemen of VeronaThe 2013 Shakespeare in the Schools production will the The Two Gentlemen of Verona. ''Two Gents', as it is affectionately called, is a delightful comedy full of love gone wrong, zany outlaws, and a willful dog named Crab.
Survey Says: Macbeth Receives Rave ReviewsWe asked teachers and students what they thought of the 2012 production of Macbeth and workshops, and they responded. Here's what they're saying.
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Auditions for Shakespeare in the Schools
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Shakespeare in the Schools Acting Company. Casting for the 2012 fall tour of Macbeth is now complete.
Shakespeare in the Parks historically holds auditions in CHICAGO in January. These are by appointment only and information is placed on the website as soon as it is available. Audition appointments often fill very quickly. In addition, the company attends the Montana summer theatre auditions which are held annually in Missoula on the University of Montana campus in late January. There is a participation fee for Non-University of MT students. Information for those auditions is also placed on the website as soon as it is known.
If time and schedules permit, private auditions in Bozeman can be arranged at any time by contacting our office (406) 994-3903 or we do accept video taped auditions. You may either submit a DVD or you can post your audition on YouTube and provide a link for us. Live auditions are always preferable. Casting is usually completed for the fall high school tour by the previous summer and for the spring elementary school tour by the previous winter. For more information, please call (406) 994-3903.
All auditions should include two contrasting Shakespearean selections. Please keep to less than four minutes in length.
Each year Shakespeare in the Schools employs 8 actors for a 13-week season that includes rehearsals and a multi-state tour in Montana and northern Wyoming. 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 $400/week plus room and board allowance while on tour. Housing in Bozeman is also provided. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our office.
Joel Jahnke, Artistic Director
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How Does This Work?Shakespeare in the Schools only charges schools 25% of the actual cost of keeping the program on the road. The other 75% is made up through a combination of grants and individual donations. School administrations most often cover the fee, but oftentimes 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 Shakespeare in the Schools program, please contact Susan Dickerson at email@example.com for more information on how you can help bring the program in.
What Teachers and Students Are Saying About Shakespeare in the Schools
Shakespeare in the Schools 2012 Student ContestUsing the famous "Is this a dagger..." speech from Macbeth, let your creativity run wild and create your own mini-graphic novel using Shakespeare's words and your visuals. All forms of visual art are accepted from drawing, painting, collage, graphic design, photography, etc... Click the link below for full details and an entry form. Deadline: January 31, 2013. "Screw your courage to the sticking place," and GOOD LUCK!
Contest Rules and Guidelines
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