While the most vital theaters in Montana are associated with the universities in Missoula and Bozeman, other community theaters are of note. Billings has two theater venues, and the Missoula Children’s Theater has an excellent reputation throughout the Northwest.
Summer-stock theater is especially good in Montana. Bigfork’s summer theater recruits many of its actors from the University of Montana. The Fort Peck summer theater also draws heavily from the Montana universities; the theater building is a lovely relic from the CCC days of the 1930s. Virginia City presents summer melodramas in a frontier opera house; West Yellowstone also has a summer family theater. Montana’s “newest” summer theater is in Philipsburg—the Opera House Theater, built in 1891 but newly reopened.
Montana State University presents an ambitious Shakespeare in the Parks series. During summers, the troupe tours the entire state, including remote towns in eastern Montana, with its productions.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition