The Elise Event is a chance for friends of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to gather and raise support for MISIP’s Shakespeare in the Schools program. Join us for a performance of this year’s Shakespeare in the Schools production of Much Ado About Nothing. 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.
All funds raised during this event support MSIP's Shakespeare in the Schools program. Thank you for making it possible for us to share live theater and workshops with Montana classrooms for 29 years!
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 19th 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.
“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