Shakespeare’s Feisty Females 
• Instructor: sharon Beehler 
• Dates: Thursdays; nov. 6 to Dec. 11 (no class on Thanksgiving, nov. 27) 
• time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
• location: hope lutheran Church 
Why have shakespeare’s female characters always held such appeal for actors and audiences alike? This class will seek to answer this question by delving into shakespeare’s use of source materials, the influences of 16th century english societal norms, the attitudes and practices of stagecraft in 
elizabethan and Jacobean england, and – most importantly – the richness of language spoken by the most popular characters: kate, Portia, rosalind, 
Beatrice, lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. These feisty females share a strong independence that manifests itself in different ways within the confines of their dramatic circumstances and milieu. Joining us will be actors who will bring to life Shakespeare's creative imagination and artistry.


Class Format: lecture and discussion 

Readings: familiarity with The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra would be helpful. Passages for study will be distributed during class.

Sharon Beehler, MSU professor emeritus of English, has spent nearly 40 years studying, teaching and enjoying Shakespeare. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1978 and joined the faculty of MSU in 1985. She has lectured and published widely on Shakespeare and was a featured speaker and instructor for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a collaborator with MSU’s Shakespeare in the Parks. She is an award-winning teacher and scholar.


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust