LOST HORSE PRESS hosts Shakespeare in Sandpoint featuring Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by MSIP Executive Artistic Director Kevin Asselin, at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint on Sunday, 21 August 2016, hosted by Lost Horse Press, an independent nonprofit poetry press. The gates will open at 1 PM for medieval entertainments, arts & craft & food vendors, music, tribal dancing, and an English Country Dance, with the play starting at 6 PM. The performance is free and open to the public.
People are encouraged to arrive early with chairs, blankets, and picnics. Entertainments and arts & craft vendors of a medieval flavor will begin at 1 PM, including an authentic medieval village organized by the Sandpoint chapter of SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism); Ul-Fire Tribal Dancers, a tribal-style dance group; musicians, including Desiré Aguirre on hammer dulcimer, as well as students of the Sandpoint Music Conservatory; vendors will be on hand to offer their wares, such as Really Twisted & Hammered, a jewelry-making venue for children and adults; Staff of Life, a hand-dyed yarn and spinning wheel demonstration by Kim & Brooke Spencer; herb and basket-making demonstrations; Lost Horse Press featuring poetry books, as well as Robert Pack’s WILLING TO CHOOSE: VOLITION & STORYTELLING IN SHAKESPEARE’S MAJOR PLAYS, an enlightening critique of the Bard’s major plays; Sutari will delight the audience with her juggling skills; an audience-participation English Country Dance featuring the band “Betty’s Bodkins” with dancing master Mitchell Frey; as well as many other activities to amuse and delight the audience. Food vendors will be serving lunch and dinner, also beginning at 1 PM, if people prefer not to pack a picnic. Recycling of trash will be handled by Sandpoint’s Green Team, who make sure that everything that can be recycled, will be.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform William Shakespeare’s Richard III and The Comedy of Errors during its upcoming summer tour of 61 communities throughout Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota and Washington. The company features ten professional actors selected from national auditions who tour without technical assistance to bring live theatre to mostly rural communities. This summer, 66% of the communities reached by the troupe have populations of 5000 or fewer. “We are very much looking forward to producing both plays this summer,” said Kevin Asselin, executive artistic director. “This will be the first time in MSIP’s 44-year history that we’ll bring Richard III to our stage. Richard III will fit right into what is already an active political year, reminding us how Shakespeare stays relevant even 400 years after his death. We are also excited to announce that this season will be dedicated to all of our hard working and dedicated tour coordinators from across the region!”
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. The company is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, along with other major sponsors. Each community host is also responsible for raising the funds necessary to bring the troupe to their community. Lost Horse Press would like to thank those individuals and businesses that have contributed to bring the play to our community.
For more information on the play and a complete tour schedule, visit the company’s website: www.shakespeareintheparks.org. For information about the play in Sandpoint, please contact local host Lost Horse Press at 208.255.4410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.