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A scene from the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks production of "Othello" in 2018. The group notes its 47th season this year with a production “Henry IV, Part I.''

Noting its 47th season, Shakespeare in the Parks will celebrate, beginning in June, with productions of Shakespeare's “Henry IV, Part I,” directed by Kevin Asselin and “Merry Wives of Windsor,” directed by Marti Lyons. The summer season opens June 12. As always, all performances are free.

“Henry IV, Part I” — Opening on June 12, theater-goers will experience the power, honor, and rebellion displayed in the fight for the throne, as a young prince must live up to his father's expectations.

“Merry Wives of Windsor” — Duels, deceit, and attempted seduction alight in this comedy featuring the beloved Sir John Falstaff. Watch as he tries to fool two clever women and has the tables turned on him instead.

The company features professional actors selected from national auditions who tour without technical assistance to bring live theatre to mostly rural communities. This summer, 66 percent of the communities reached by the troupe have populations of 5,000 or fewer.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of Montana State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. Grants, corporate sponsorships and hundreds of individual donors support the free performances.

For more details on the plays and a complete tour schedule, visit the company’s website: www.shakespeareintheparks.org. The area tour schedule is listed below.

“Henry IV, Part 1”

Aug. 17 – Butte, Stodden Park

Aug. 23 – Philipsburg, 210 W. Stockton

“Merry Wives of Windsor”

Aug. 14 – Boulder, Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Aug. 16 – Anaconda, Washoe Park

Aug. 21 – Deer Lodge, Old Prison Yard

Aug. 28 – Dillon, 710 S. Atlantic St.

Aug. 29 – Whitehall, rodeo grounds

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