Shakespeare in the Parks


This summer, the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery will sponsor two fantastic events at Lions Park, in Red Lodge. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) will perform July 12 followed by the 45th Annual Art in the Beartooths fundraiser, on July 14, 2018. These two events will provide Red Lodge with a whole range of fine and performing arts experiences.

Since 1973, Shakespeare in the Parks has brought free, professional productions of Shakespeare and other classics to mostly rural and underserved communities. Thanks to local sponsors such as the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery, MSIP performances are offered at no cost in local parks and public spaces, making them accessible to all. On Thursday, July 12, the acting company of MSIP will set up their stage in Lions Park, and at 6:30 p.m. they will perform Shakespeare's comedy "Love's Labour's Lost." Audience members will find out if the King of Navarre and his companions can successfully swear off love for three years, once they encounter the Princess of France and her ladies. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chair for a gorgeous night of theater under the Big Sky. Sponsors for MSIP are the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery, Altana Federal Credit Union-Red Lodge, First Interstate Bank, and Carmen Debello.

Then, on July 14, the Art in the Beartooths (AIB) 45th annual fundraiser for the Carbon County Arts Guild will take place. There will be 28 artists creating art in Lions Park from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. During this free daytime event, visitors can talk to the artists about their work. The participating artists include Shirle Wempner, Hal Olson, and Laurie Lee as well as Brooke Atherton, Amber Blazina, Terry Cooke-Hall, Elliott Eaton, Thomas English, Kadin Goldberg, Carol Hartman, Joan Kosel, Michael Kosorok, Harry Koyama, Elizabeth LaRowe, Jackie Larson Bread, Tess Lehman, David McMasters, Tyler Murphy, Denney NeVille, John Potter, Kevin Red Star, Marcia Selsor, PJ Smith, Trish Stevenson, Brenna Tyler, Lee Walker, Tom Wolfe, and Dana Zier.

Immersion in the arts continues throughout the afternoon with time to preview all the art created during the day. At 4 p.m. live music by the High Country Cowboys, a no-host bar, and hors d’oeuvres will be available. The AIB ticketed event starts at 5 p.m. with a catered dinner, followed by the live auction that will give art lovers a chance to bid on the featured artworks created throughout the day.

Early Bird sponsors for Art in the Beartooths include Virginia Allen, Bank of Red Lodge, Café Regis, Doris and Randy Dragon, Jo Ann & Bert Eder, First Interstate Bank, Donna Fiveland, Flynn Quilt Frame Co., Mary Kay & Elam Hitchner, HUB International Insurance, Allan and Karen Huso, Junction 7, Ann Kane, Barbara Ostrum, Red Lodge Drug, Donna and David Ritter, Sheppard Family, Darryl and Kathryn Smette, Carolyn and Larry Smith, Strawberry Patch Frame Shop and Dolly’s Art Attic, Adele and Randall Wiethorn, Wally and Karen Zook, Beartooth Hideaway Cabins, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Flower Garage, King’s Cupboard, Mackenzie River Pizza Co/Billings West, Northern Hotel, Sanctuary Spa & Salon, Stella’s Bakery, and Sunshine Yoga.

For further information about either of these two events visit or call the Carbon County Arts Guild at (406) 446-1370. The mission of the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery is to support, inspire, and encourage all artists. Reaching out, the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery provides art education and exposure to the visual, performing and literary arts for the benefit of the broadest possible audience.

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