Kevin Brustuen

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Kevin Brustuen lives in Bozeman and can be contacted at kbrustuen@hotmail.com. He is an avid theater-goer.

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Wed. Jul. 1st, 2020

Theatre Culture in Bozeman

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Gary Cooper, Hollywood star of the 1940s and 50s born in Helena and former student at Montana State College (today’s MSU), is enshrined in Bozeman’s history with a star embedded in the sidewalk near the Rialto Theatre in downtown…

Fri. May. 1st, 2020

Arts in the Time of Plague

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This time of the pandemic and stay-at-home orders is a time of catching up on things, right? I’ve always wanted to sleep in, deep-clean the house, read that pile of books, fix that door latch so it closes properly, clean the garage,…

Wed. Apr. 1st, 2020

Life on the Streets: Polaroid Stories

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Polaroid Stories, a play about homeless youth living on inner-city streets, tells the story of young people searching for self-identity in the face of powerlessness. Ovid’s Metamorphosesis is…

Sun. Mar. 1st, 2020

Cyrano de Bergerac

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Written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand, a French writer from Marseilles, Cyrano de Bergerac is a play set in France in 1640 during the Thirty Years’ war, one of the most destructive wars ever. After the Siege of Arras, the bloody war was…

Sat. Feb. 1st, 2020

Intermountain Opera: Kiss Me Kate

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Anyone who grew up in the 1960s-70s likely remembers the famous stormy relationship of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. These internationally famous Hollywood stars argued and fought with each other in public and private, yet loved each other…

Tue. Dec. 31st, 2019

Verge Theatre: 25 Years In Bozeman

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Bozeman was a quiet sleepy little mountain town of about 23,000 people in 1990. Bozemanites would hike empty trails, go out to eat at Black Angus, have a couple drinks and maybe dance at the Cat’s Paw, and sometimes go see a play at the…

Sun. Dec. 1st, 2019

Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol 2019

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A Christmas Carol, the famous story by Charles Dickens, comes to The Ellen Theatre December 6 through December 22. Dickens first conceived of this story as a pamphlet meant to speak out against the conditions that led to poor children being…

Fri. Nov. 1st, 2019

Howl! A Montana Love Story

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In 1995, wolves were successfully reintroduced into the Yellowstone National Park region after an absence of 70 years. Before long, the wolves formed into several viable packs, expanding their ranges to create their own territories.…

Tue. Oct. 1st, 2019

Theater at the Museum of the Rockies

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People don’t generally think of a museum as a venue for live theater. In the case of the Museum of the Rockies, for instance, people usually think of dinosaurs, Native American artifacts, and some pioneer-era exhibit pieces. However,…

Sun. Sep. 1st, 2019

Timon of Anaconda

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Looking at the Anthropocene through Shakespeare

Thu. Aug. 1st, 2019

Bozeman’s 2019-2020 Theater Season

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Bozeman is growing quickly, and the Bozeman-area theater scene is growing dramatically (pun intended) as well. As recently as ten years ago, people would scan bulletin boards, magazines and newspapers eagerly looking for things to do each…

Mon. Jul. 1st, 2019

Shakespeare in the Parks 2019: Merry Wives & Henry IV

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In 1905, the Shakespeare Women’s Club of Great Falls staged an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, sheltered from the elements only by a small grove of trees outside of town. It seemed natural…

Mon. Jun. 3rd, 2019

Art in Park County

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In 1864, a young William Alderson left his home in Virginia and headed west, joining a growing rush to the latest gold strikes, namely a little-known town nestled in the mountains, called “Virginia City” in Montana Territory.…

Wed. May. 1st, 2019

A Streetcar Named Desire

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Big Sky Community Theater is offering a production of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Streetcar will be performed for one day only, May 16, at the Warren Miller Center for the Performing Arts in Big Sky.  Directed by…

Mon. Apr. 1st, 2019

Company: 1970s Musical at The Ellen

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The Golden Age of Broadway musicals began with the well-known musical Oklahoma! in 1943 and flourished with hits such as South Pacific, Camelot, My Fair Lady, and Singing in the Rain. The 1960s and 1970s were a revolutionary time in art,…

Fri. Mar. 1st, 2019

Children’s Theater in Bozeman

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Montana has a long history with drama, live theater, and child actors. Mary Ronan, a child who lived in Virginia City and Helena during the gold rush days of the 1860s and 1870s, was chosen to play the character of Lady Anne in a performance…

Fri. Feb. 1st, 2019

Open Door Theatre: “Community Theater at its Best”

Kevin Brustuen

Several years ago Mary Orr left Topeka, Kansas, and moved to Bozeman.  She left behind 20 years of work in the Topeka theater community. Acting and helping produce live theater was her passion. Arriving in Bozeman on a cold winter day,…

Mon. Dec. 31st, 2018

A More Congenial Spot: Camelot

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“Don’t let it be forgot That once upon a spot,For one brief, shining moment That was known as Camelot.” These immortal words, penned by Alan Lerner and Moss Hart for the Broadway performance of the musical…

Sat. Dec. 1st, 2018

History of Theater in Gallatin County

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In 1885, the Bozeman Weekly Chronicle reported that the Mountain Pink itinerant acting company gave it as their opinion that Bozeman was behind in its appreciation of theatrical talent, by reason of the lukewarm reception the company had…