Donations Needed For Local Shakespeare Program
Last summer, Montana Shakespeare in the Park celebrated its 50th anniversary and part of the tour was its annual stop in Wolf Point. Community organizers Barb Olson and Vivian Schultz want to make sure that Wolf Point remains a location for the performances in the future.
They agree that exposing young people to Shakespeare is beneficial for many reasons.
“It’s such a unique cultural event that is only available for some people through this program,” Olson said. “I feel that our youth not knowing Shakespeare and how Shakespeare works can be a hindrance.”
Schultz remembers attending Shakespeare in the Park performances when she was a young girl in Lewistown.
“It was an event for my family,” she noted.
Olson added, “It’s entertainment and a fun summer outing for families and friends.”
The experience does require a local commitment. The committee is currently asking for donations to help raise the $1,300 needed. In addition, rooms and three meals must be provided.
Schultz and Olson say they are thankful to community members who have made generous donations in the past. Any donation would be appreciated.
Donations can be sent to Vivian Schultz, PO Box 781, Wolf Point, MT 59201. For more information, call her at 406-366-2739.
Housing in the form of home stays for the night of the performance would also help the program. It is anticipated that the tour will feature 11 individuals this summer. Separate restrooms for the performers are required.
It’s an achievement that Wolf Point hosts the performance annually. The next closest locations are Malta and Sidney.
“It’s important to keep it going,” Schultz said. “We will try to keep going as long as the community supports it.”
The mission of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is to engage and enrich 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.