Summer Theatre Comes to Montana ~ Performing Arts and Evenings Out in Missouri River Country

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Montana’s Missouri River Country is home to charming and distinctive communities which offer visitors the chance to create magical evenings in summer 2011. Step into an enchanting world of entertainment with live performances and plays to capture your imagination starting Memorial Day weekend and running all summer long.

Sitting on the majestic Missouri River is one of the largest earth-filled dams in the world. The Fort Peck Dam was built during the Great Depression using New Deal funds and thousands of workers came to the rolling hills of Montana with their families for the project. It was during this time that the United States Army Corps of Engineers designed and constructed a theatre to entertain the masses, and the now-historic Fort Peck Theatre was born. The theatre features stunning works of craftsmanship from the era, including the New Deal arts and a Swiss chalet motif. There are elaborate decorative elements found throughout the building – both inside and out. The beautiful architecture of the theatre has been preserved and the structure now hosts summer plays.

The 2011 schedules kicks off on May 27 and runs through September 4. The summer company includes professional actors and technicians with assistance from regional performers. This year’s lineup includes well-known hits such as Hairspray, Chicago and Big River. For more information on the history of the Fort Peck Theatre or the chance to catch one of this year’s performances, please visit

If you would prefer to enjoy a complete theatrical experience under eastern Montana’s famous big sky, the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performance of both Much Ado about Nothing or the Merchant of Venice should be on your list for the summer of 2011. The company has three scheduled performances in Montana’s Missouri River Country:

  •     Merchant of Venice on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

o    Malta at the Phillips County Court House Lawn
o    Play starts at 6:30 pm

  •     Merchant of Venice on Thursday, June 30, 2011

o    Wolf Point at Bridge Park
o    Play starts at 6:30 pm

  •     Much Ado About Nothing on Friday, July 1, 2011

o    Sidney at Veteran’s Memorial Park
o    Play starts at 6:30

Each of these locations is the perfect place to spread out a blanket, set up a picnic and enjoy both great theater and the great outdoors. Additional information about Shakespeare in the Parks can be found at the website ( or by calling 406-994-3901. And, of course, all performances are free to the public!

Old-fashioned vaudeville also has a place in Montana’s Missouri River Country, thanks to the Dirty Shame Show. These five family-friendly variety acts include the internationally known Dirty Shame Belles and the Dixieland Band. The show is held every year on the last weekend in June (the 25 and 26 in 2011) during Pioneer Days in Scobey. There’s a reason vaudeville has been called “the heart of American show business” and this show is sure to keep everyone entertained.

Missouri River Country offers visitors a chance to celebrate with the locals and enjoy summer plays and performances in historic surroundings. Before taking in an evening show, spend your days exploring the old west of Montana or walk where dinosaurs once roamed. No matter the agenda, welcoming smiles and warm greetings await you. You’ll create your own memories to last a lifetime in Missouri River Country.

For more information on Montana’s Missouri River Country and a complete listing of activities and communities, please visit

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