Date:   6/2/2008

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns for summer workshop at Thrasher

Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 30 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit more than 1,000 communities this year with 35 teams of Tour Actor/Directors.  One of those tour teams will be arriving at the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Monday, June 23 with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast.  

The summer workshop is the fourth one of its kind to be offered at Thrasher.  “We’ve run a very successful winter program for the last seven years and decided to expand it to the summer months after receiving suggestions from disappointed students unable to be involved during the busy school year.  It worked.  We’ve not only seen new faces during the summer programs, but the return of many of our ‘seasoned’ young actors, as well!” says Martha Janz, Administrative Director at Thrasher.


Thrasher is inviting all students grades 1-12 (or weeklong visitors to Green Lake), to come to an open audition at the opera house, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on that date, which following the group audition, 50-60 local students will be cast to perform in MCT’s production of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.  After the audition, 4-6 Assistant Directors are also selected to help teach and direct the show early in the week and take on technical responsibilities at performance time.  Because of costume limitations, there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. 

It is a group audition - no advance preparation is necessary.  The Tour Directors will go through a series of exercises with the children to help them to determine things like; how well the child takes direction and behaves (after all, only two directors will be working with up to 55 children - for an entire week – so they need cooperation), focus, how loud they can project their voices, enthusiasm, etc.  Share this with your child and they’ll have a better chance (but not a promise) at being chosen for a part.  Of course, a SMILE never hurts.  They should be ready to come and have a good time!

Rehearsals will then be conducted every day from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday at the Thrasher Opera House.  Although not all cast members are needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role.  A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the auditions on Monday.  Cast members scheduled for the full 4 ˝ hours of rehearsal will be asked to bring a sack supper or snack.   Then incredibly, after only one week of rehearsals, there will be two public performances presented on Saturday, June 28 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.! 


This unique opportunity for all local children could not be made possible without the help of some very special people who understand the importance of the arts in our children’s lives.  The 2008 MCT’s summer workshop program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.  Additional generous sponsorship is provided by TARGET, Green Lake State Bank, Wallenfangs of Green Lake, the Lucille M Grams Fund, Pastimes: Country Goods Books and Antiques, and Heather McQuitty, for offering special weeklong accommodations for the two tour directors.  Last, but not least, a special thank you to Marianne Reininger who will be providing the lively and lighthearted piano music that accompanies all Missoula performances.


Tickets for the performance on Saturday, June 28 are $12 adults and $8 students and available at the Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, & Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Pick ‘n Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); and Twister (Princeton), or call the office at 920-294-4279.  Online ticket sales or more information about Missoula Children’s Theatre available at 




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