UMW News BureauMontana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform "The Merchant Of Venice" in Dillon’s Jaycee Park on Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m. UMW NEWS BUREAU [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Photo courtesy of Winslow Studio & Gallery."][/caption] Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform "The Merchant Of Venice" in Dillon’s Jaycee Park on Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m. This is the 39th season for the touring company, whose performances have become a summer tradition and seasonal highlight for many rural communities around the state. This year the troupe expects to carry out 75 performances in 60 communities in the region. "This summer, the anticipated audience of more than 30,000 people will be treated to two wonderful performances that cover the broad perspective of Shakespeare’s genius as a playwright," said Joel Jahnke, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ artistic coordinator and professor of theater at Montana State University. A complete schedule of the 10-week tour can be found at www.montana.edu/shakespeare. All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP), with the exception of those at Bozeman's Sweet Pea Festival, are free and tickets are not needed for admission. Audiences are encouraged to show up prior to the appointed curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to enjoy the evening. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of Montana State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. Performances this summer are supported by grants and corporate sponsorships as well as hundreds of individual donors who give what they can to keep the performances free and available to everyone in the touring area. Major sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, NorthWestern Energy, Stillwater Mining, Pacific Steel & Recycling, Barnard Construction, Montana Cultural Trust and the Montana Arts Council. Local sponsors to MSIP include the Montana Western Foundation, the Montana Western School of Outreach, the Montana Wester Fine Arts Department's drama program and the Southwest Montana Arts Council.
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