45th Annual Shakespeare in the Park returns Monday for 45th season

Photo courtesy of Montana Shakespeare in the Park.  Actresses from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” are seen during rehearsals before this years 45th Montana Shakespeare in the Park summer tour.

Shakespeare in the Park returns to Laurel on Monday with a performance of “Macbeth.”
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is one of the oldest Shakespeare companies in the United States, beginning in 1973. This year the actors are performing 76 shows in 61 communities while traveling nearly 8,000 miles on the 15 week tour which began June 14.
Ten professional actors for this season’s shows were chosen out of approximately 500 applicants, with auditions held in Bozeman, Chicago and Minneapolis.
“Macbeth” is directed by Kevin Asselin, executive artistic director for MSIP, who said the play is set in a post-apocalyptic world where resources are limited and power is vital for survival.
“[The play] serves as a vehicle to explore the issues of natural disasters, climate change, and how some of these issues relate to our audience: namely drought, high temperatures [and] forest fires,” Asselin said.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is not just “grounded in the pursuit of bringing live, free theatre to underserved communities, it also brings audience members of all generations together in the experience of enjoying live theater in local parks,” Asselin said.
This year’s performance begins Monday at 6 p.m. on the Laurel High School practice football field.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Monday, July 8, 2019
• Christmas to Remember meeting, second Monday, 1 p.m., at Reese & Ray’s IGA, call 248-8557 for information
Monday, July 8, 2019
• Council Catholic Women (CCW), second Monday, 6:30 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.


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