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A SUMMER ON THE ROAD WITH MONTANA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS

SHORT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

BARD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY is the story of Shakespeare in Montana. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at a summer of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks – from first read through to final performance. Through the journey of the summer tour, the story reveals the mutual impact the tour has on the lives of these young actors and the people who put in the effort to bring the show to town.

SYNOPSIS

Bard in the Backcountry chronicles a summer with “Montana Shakespeare in the Parks,” a professional theater company based in Bozeman, Montana. Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the ten actors on tour as they cover over sixty-five hundred miles to perform Shakespeare in the rural towns of this vast region. Along the way they encounter an array of characters, many of whom have been watching Shakespeare every summer for over forty years. We learn about the teamwork required to deliver a performance every evening in a new town and how the actors are also their own drivers, roadies, make-up artists, and set builders. Bard in the Backcountry reveals the mutual impact the tour has on the lives of these young actors and the people who put in the effort to bring Shakespeare to town. This journey provides a glimpse of the relevance that classic Shakespearean theater still holds in the lives of everyday people across the region.

team build cook city
Photo credit: Jeff Reed
Caption: Actors Grayson heyl, Casey Hoekstra, Kody Walker and Sean Driscoll work on building the state in Cooke City, MT
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Curtain Call Lewistown
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Caption: A curtain call in Lewistown, MT

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Makoshika state park Stage
Photo credit: Brandon Watson
Caption: The stage set up in Makoshika state Park outside Glendive, MT
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Henry V Birney
Photo credit: Cindy stillwell
Caption: Actor and Tour Manager, Steve Peebles, opens the Henry V show on Poker Jim butte, outside Birney, MT
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Steve Kody tear down Cooke City Montana
Photo credit: Jeff Reed
Caption: Actors Kody Walker and Steve Peebles work on tearing down the set in Cooke City, MT
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Henry V battle
Photo credit: Cindy Stillwell
Caption: The Henry V battle in Utica, MT

 

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ax throwing demonstration, Tom Watson, Libby Montana
Photo credit: Tom Watson
Caption: Weezil Sampter demonstrates axe throwing to actor Kody Walker in Libby, MT
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stage with lighting
Photo credit: Brandon Watson
Caption: A summer lightening storm over the stage on Poker Jim Butte, outside Birney, MT
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figiting call Ekalaka
Photo credit: Cindy Stillwell
Caption: Actors Grayson Heyl, Nile Hawver, and Kody Walker practice the fight sequence during fight call in Ekalaka, MT
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figiting call Ekalaka
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Caption: Preproduction in Bozeman MT where fight choreographer, Kevin Asselin, trains actors Kody Walker, Casey Hoekstra, and Andrea San Miguel.
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Medicine Rocks
Photo credit: Cindy Stillwell
Caption: A still moment in Medicine Rocks State Park in eastern Montana.
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Medicine Rocks
Photo credit: Cindy Stillwell
Caption: Lewistown fans enjoying the play The Recruiting Officer in the park.
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