Date:   6/25/2005

Missoula Children's Theatre's "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast" coming to 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 1000 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 20 with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast.


Thrasher is inviting all students K-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 BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST.  Then incredibly, after only one week of rehearsals, two public performances will be presented on Saturday, June 25 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm!  All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales . . . a twist on the classic stories that we know and love. 


“We’re very excited to be bringing this extremely successful program back to Thrasher,” says Martha Janz, Administrative Director for Thrasher, who has nurtured this program over the last four years.  “It has continued to gain popularity over the last number of years, evidenced by the 110 children who showed up to audition for last January’s production of THE JUNGLE BOOK.  So popular, in fact, that in addition to our yearly program in January, we decided to try a summer workshop to allow students who are so involved in extra-curricular activities during the school year, a chance to see what all the fun is about!”


Janz explains that the Missoula’s mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.  Their unique, educational programs encourage creativity; help develop social and communication skills, and build self-esteem - all while having a really good time.  “Not everyone who auditions will be chosen, says Janz.  It’s an unfortunate fact that the number of cast members needed is limited by the number of costumes available, but we heartily encourage the students who are not chosen, to try again next year.”  Just a hint:  The most important thing the directors are looking for in a student is the ability to follow direction.  “After all, two directors working very hard with over 50 students, of all ages, for only one week before performing a full-scale musical….no small task, by any means!”


“This unique opportunity for all local children could not be made possible without the help of some very special supporters who understand the importance of the arts in our children’s lives.  We would like to thank Wallenfangs of Green Lake, the Green Lake State Bank, Green Lake County Players, Culver’s of Ripon and, of course, our faithful piano accompanist for the last five years, Marilyn McGriff, for their continued support,” added Janz. 


This is just the beginning of many exciting events taking place at Thrasher this season.  Please check or call (920) 294-4279 for more details.   


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