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Much Ado About Nothing at the Heron ball field

In Shakespeare’s writing, as in the world at large, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and this is as true in Much Ado About Nothing as it is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In  yet another unforgettable comedy, Montana’s Shakespeare in the Parks will perform Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday, August 20 in the Heron ball field at 6 pm Montana time (that’s 5 pm for you Idaho fans.) As always, the event is free of charge.

The story of two pair of lovers, Much Ado tells the tale of Benedick and Beatrice, who have nothing but scorn for love, and Claudia and Hero, whose love is tested by gossip. The play warns that “Some Cupid kills with arrows; some with traps.”

This is the 39th year of Montana State University’s Shakespeare in the Parks program, which brings the works of the Bard to rural communities throughout Montana, and once again hundreds of fans will converge on the ball field behind the old Heron School to watch magic happen in the shadow of Sawtooth Mountain.

Community coordinator Debbie Lyman, who works tirelessly each year to bring this free production to our local area, wants to get the word out to prospective attendees that Shakespeare in the Parks is not just a performance; it’s an experience.

“I’ve seen people bring everything from a blanket to sit on to a full course dinner with wine,” she said, and points out there are no restrictions about what to bring with you to increase your enjoyment of the play. At a typical performance toddlers and dogs play on the periphery, neighbors chatter and catch up on news, wine is uncorked, finger food is shared, and then the talented actors with Montana’s Shakespeare in the Parks take the stage and the audience is treated to what might be the finest Shakespeare performance they’ve ever seen.

Shakespeare in the Parks, it could be argued, is a Shakespeare experience in the way he himself intended it to be: live (complete with pauses, and sometimes laughter, when the evening train rolls through town) and unplugged. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

Heron, Montana is located just over the state line on Hwy. 200 south of the Clark Fork River. 

Photos: Above, Val Albi of Pend Oreille Pasta demonstrates how to enjoy dinner at Shakespeare in the Park in style. (Yes, they can help you create your own picnic as well.) Photo by Trish Gannon. 

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