Sunday, February 22, 2009

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (2009 Schedule) "THE TEMPEST"

Things to do when you find yourself in Missoula, Montana in the Summer. This Summer's Shakespeare in the Parks tour, will be performing "The Tempest" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
has been touring Montana, northern Wyoming and eastern Idaho since 1973, with performances of free, professional outdoor theatre. An outreach program of Montana State University, it is the only completely professional touring theatre program in the state that produces 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.

In order to maintain free performances that are high quality and available to all, funds are raised throughout the year through a combination of foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, individual donations and the exclusive Shakespeare in the Parks’ fundraiser-The Toast of the Town. END.

Shakespeare's play The Tempest is believed to be based on the wreck of the Sea Venture, a flag ship for the Virginia Company. Built and tasked to bringing much needed supplies to the Jamestown Colony. My own ancestor William Cantrell was transported on the 1st Supply aboard the Phoenix 1608, Captained by Captain Nelson.

The Loss of the Sea Venture,
The Admiral of the Company, Sir George Somers himself, was at the helm through the storm. When he spied land on the morning of July 25, the water in the hold had risen to nine feet, and crew and passengers had been driven past the point of exhaustion. Somers deliberately drove the ship onto the reefs of what proved to be Bermuda in order to prevent its foundering. This allowed all 150 people aboard, and one dog, to be landed safely ashore.

This reminds me of another Captain recently in the news, Capt Chelsey Sullenberg. What would Bill Shakespeare have done with the Miracle on the Hudson?




(Note to Al Gore, Global Warming Tempest Creator.The Wreck of the Sea Venture, was believed to be caused by a hurricane, the year was 1609) There is evidence of early hurricane activity, relating to North America and the U.S seaboard. This doesn't take into account, Indigenous people's accounts using their mythology to describe wind activity. Hiawatha Ojibway Indian Prince, Hiawatha's father was the fickle West Wind accused of killing Hiawatha's mother. There is also the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, for example, you can read about here, in the Graveyard of the Lakes. You can listen to Gordon Lightfoot's tribute The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald. Lyrics: The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashing
When afternoon came it was freezing rain
In the face of a hurricane West Wind

Sometimes a Natural Disaster is just a Natural Disaster.
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