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Shakespeare in the Schools

Fall 2019 Julius Caesar October 4, 2019 - December 13, 2019

For Teachers

Romeo & Juliet

For its 27th season, Shakespeare in the Schools (SIS) will present Romeo & Juliet, directed by William Brown, to middle and high school students in the way it was meant to be presented – in an engaging live performance. Accompanied by a lively post-show talk back and related and active workshops, SIS reaches 47 schools with 53 performances in Montana and Wyoming each fall with professional programming. The Fall 2019 schedule is completely booked. Stay tuned to see public performances at University of Montana Western, Tippet Rise Arts Center, and TBA in the Gallatin Valley.

Workshop Descriptions

1. Living and Loving in the Fast Lane (Relevance)

Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet moves at a fast pace. Through visual art and movement, students will explore how the pace of decisions madew ithin the play affect characters and their outcomes. The discoveries made will be applied to our own fast-paced, contemporary society.

2. Storytelling: Adaptations (Theatre Production)

Shakespeare adapted his version of Romeo & Juliet from poems and stories he had studied. Through the years, many artists have adapted the story into film, opera, ballet, and musical theater. In this workshop, students will explore the various adaptations and create their own retelling through improvisation and script writing.

3. Telling It Like It Is (Language)

In Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare gives many of his characters rich monologues where each one shares with the audience their thoughts and emotions. In this workshop, students will explore the poetry and meaning of these monologues and work to develop their own personal poetic monologues.

4. Violence and Othering (Relevance/Stage Combat)

Shakespeare's play reveals the harsh realities when emotions run high and the pressures from others are fierce. Through theater exercises, techniques, and poetry, this workshop explores how identity markers (afe, class, gender, family, etc.) can polarize and heighten long held grievances. In Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare challenges us to consider and reflect on how the pressure to uphold personal identities can exclude others and lead to violence.


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 $800.00 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 Miller, Director of Marketing and Outreach for more information on how you can help bring the program in.

Learn more about our production by visiting our page For Teachers.

1993 - Shakespearean Scenes
1994 - Shakespeare's Supernatural
1995 - Shakespeare's Supernatural & Shakespeare in Disguise
1996 - Coming of Age
1997 - No Tour
1998 - Macbeth (spring and fall tours)
1999 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
2000 - Romeo & Juliet
2001 - As You Like It
2002 - Julius Caesar
2003 - Twelfth Night
2004 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
2005 - Merchant of Venice
2006 - Comedy of Errors

2007 - Othello
2008 - Much Ado About Nothing
2009 - Romeo & Juliet
2010 - Twelfth Night
2011 - As You Like It
2012 - Macbeth
2013 - Two Gentlemen of Verona
2014 - Midsummer Night's Dream
2015 - Merchant of Venice
2016 - Hamlet
2017 - Twelfth Night
2018 - Julius Caesar
2019 - Romeo & Juliet
2020 - Much Ado About Nothing

Our primary fundraiser for Shakespeare in the Schools is The Elise Event, held at the Emerson Art Center in Bozeman. If you are interested in attending, tickets may be purchased here.

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