Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park's summer season shows include "Macbeth" and "You Never Can Tell."

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A Bitterroot Valley nonprofit will celebrate the summer of 2017 with a concert series and Shakespeare in the Parks.

Tincup kicks off the Sapphire Lutheran Homes fifth annual Summer Concert Series on Friday, June 30. Tincup, a Bitterroot band, was born from the friendship of four local musicians, John Mann, Timothy Ezzell, Jaquueline Brazil and Pam Small, and grew from a common love for older, simpler music. Following the 7 p.m. performance will be a pre-Independence Day fireworks display. Steve Boshae of Cow Palace Fireworks will provide the pyrotechnics.

The Big Sky Mudflaps will take the stage Friday, July 7, at 7 p.m. The Mudflaps are celebrating more than 40 years of performing together. Their unique sound — a blend of jazz, swing and rhythm and blues, with a healthy dose of Latin percussion — has won them national acclaim.

Following the Big Sky Mudflaps is Western Union on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Western Union is Montana’s favorite Western swing and honky-tonk band. With electric and acoustic guitars, standup bass, pedal steel guitar and drums — plus sharp-as-a-tack lead vocals and vocal harmonies — Western Union delivers the true-blue sound of grassroots America.

Rounding off the series, will be Who Dat on Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. Formed in 2014 by four musicians of diverse backgrounds who each have more than 20 years of music performance experience, Who Dat is a “Montana band with a southern rock sound.”

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Sapphire Lutheran Homes hosts Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ performance of “Macbeth” on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is the only fully professional touring theater program in the state producing Shakespeare’s plays, the only Shakespeare company in the country to reach as extensively into rural areas and the only company in the state that offers its performances free to the public, guaranteeing accessibility to all. For more information on the show that will be directed by Kevin Asselin, go online to shakespeareintheparks.org.

Directed by Kevin Asselin, the audience will experience this story:

A successful general in King Duncan’s army, Macbeth encounters three witches who predict he will become king of Scotland. However, the future kings will not be descended from him, but rather his fellow general, Banquo. He is further confused and incited when King Duncan names his son Malcolm heir to the throne.

Macbeth’s ambition is further motivated by his wife, Lady Macbeth, who shares none of her husband’s misgivings, and quickly plots to murder the current king. Having gotten the chamberlains excessively drunk, they are easily blamed for the murder and Macbeth kills them as an act of rage against the murder of the king. He is promptly declared the successor. In fear for their safety after their father’s death, Duncan’s sons Donalbain and Malcolm flee the country.

Once instated, Macbeth must protect his precarious perch on the throne by assassinating Banquo and his son Fleance, mentioned in the Witches’ prophecy. However, Fleance escapes and Banquo returns to Macbeth as a ghost. Horrified, Macbeth seeks out the three Witches who expound on the prophecy, explaining that Macbeth will be invincible in battle until the forest of Birnam moves on his stronghold at Dunsinane and until he meets an enemy “not born of woman.”

In response to the Witches’ warning against nobleman Macduff, Macbeth has his castle seized and his wife and children murdered while Macduff is in England joining Malcolm. In his grief and ire he raises an army and plans to invade Scotland. Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth has gone mad with guilt and kills herself. Despite Macbeth’s despair, he boards himself up in Dunsinane, believing the Witches’ prophecy and fearfully waits for the forest to move.

All of these events are free and open to the public. Sapphire Lutheran Homes is located at 501 N. 10th Street in Hamilton. Call 406-363-2800 for more information or visit sapphirelutheran.org.

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