Montana Shakespeare In the Parks – Maybe Next Year
The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed another popular public activity - Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Susan Miller writes, in an MSU news release, that the traveling troupe "will postpone its 2020 season to 2021." The two plays that were scheduled this year are "Cymbeline" and "A Midsummer NIght's Dream." They will be next year's plays, instead. Kevin Asselin, the executive artistic director, said that the decision was made for the health and safety of its audiences and artists, adding "we are determined to be able to serve our mission." The theater company, based at Montana State University in Bozeman, has created "MSIP Live," which has already streamed classic performances and will continue to offer a play every two weeks on Facebook and Youtube. "Virtual Shakes," a program for elementary schools, has filmed a play and included lesson plans to students and teachers online with help from MontanaPBS. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks also has content for 6th-12th grade audiences at montana.pbslearningmedia.org. Funding for the program is being requested in a "Go Forth" campaign. For more information contact Sonja Ervin-Bahr: Sonja.firstname.lastname@example.org or check the MSIP website.
Waded Cruzado, MSU president, said, "We appreciate Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' efforts to share content with us in other ways, including the streaming of archived performances and lesson plans shared with students and teachers. The show will go on - just in different ways."