Montana Shakespeare in the Parks Announces 2024 Summer Tour Schedule

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) just announced their summer tour schedule! Now in their 52nd season, the theater company continues to delight audiences with free performances in the rural communities and small towns off the beaten path in Montana’s Yellowstone Country.

This season, the company of 11 actors brings Shakespeare’s “Hamlet and “The Winter’s Taleto 65 communities across Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington over a 12-week tour. Each production has elements of comedy and tragedy — and in the case of “The Winter’s Tale,” a healthy dose of magic!

This year’s performances welcome back nine alumni actors, and 85% of the production staff from previous seasons. And, rumor has it, the set for “Hamlet” will be an art installation in and of itself.

Kevin Asselin, Executive Artistic Director, and Director of “Hamlet” says, “It's a collaborative effort. Theatre is probably the most collaborative art form that exists. Utilizing the viewpoints and creativity that come from the ensemble — both actors and crew — is really important.”

MSIP is a part of Montana State University, and as a land-grant institution, a major component of the university’s mission is to serve communities by integrating learning, discovery and engagement.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks Photo Courtesy Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks enriches both rural and underserved communities with professional productions of Shakespeare and other classics and, through educational outreach, to inspire creative expression and appreciation of the arts in young audiences.

Asselin explains, “I think MISP’s mission is a very special one for artists to embrace. We are a service organization. We're our own cultural arts soup kitchen in terms of what it is we are working to create and to provide to communities, many of which might not have access to the cultural arts otherwise.”

All performances are FREE for all ages and open to the public. Many communities host pre-show performances showcasing local talent on MSIP’s historic stage before the performance. Audiences are encouraged to bring a picnic, arrive early and enjoy the atmosphere of this cherished Montana tradition.

In Yellowstone Country, there will be 18 shows in 10 locations across the region ranging from Bozeman to Silver Gate with lots of stops in between.

June 12-22, Bozeman, MSU Duck Pond

June 24, Big Timber, Lion's Club Park

July 14, Red Lodge, Lion's Park

July 15, Silver Gate, Silver Gate Park

July 22, Fishtail, Fishtail Family Park

July 23, Columbus, Heritage Park

July 24, Gardiner, Arch Park

July 25, Chico Hot Springs, Main Lawn

July 27, Big Sky, Town Center Plaza

Sept. 6, Livingston, The Blake Pavillion at the Shane Center

Sept. 10, Bozeman, Grant Chamberlain Park

For full tour schedule and more information, visit