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By Betty Vanderwielen

Large Crowd Attends Richard III


Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

In Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' production of Richard III, Richard holds the severed head of Hastings whom he had just ordered killed. At the same time, Richard and his co-conspirator tried to convince the mayor (top, in black) that Hastings was plotting against the king.

SEELEY LAKE – An estimated 250-300 people set out their chairs and blankets on the Double Arrow Lodge lawn Aug. 26. Gathered in a semi-circle around the portable stage, they awaited the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' (MSIP) production of Richard III.

Not considered one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, Richard III presents a number of staging difficulties. For one thing the unabridged play has an overlong run-time. Though Shakespeare compressed 14 years into five conspiracy-packed acts, the play still requires slightly more than three hours run time. In addition the play has a large...

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