Date:   6/16/2006

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns for second summer workshop

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 19 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 second one of its kind to be offered at Thrasher.  “We’ve run a very successful winter program for the last six years and decided to expand it to the summer months after receiving many suggestions from students unable to be involved during the busy school year.  It worked.  We saw many new faces last year, so we decided to try again this summer” 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 RUMPELSTILTSKIN.  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 these things with your child and they will 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 will be 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, two public performances will be presented on Saturday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.! 


All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales . . . a twist on the classic stories that we know and love.  RUMPELSTILTSKIN is a story about a strange little gnome who appears from here, there and everywhere. He will spin your straw into gold...for a price. If his price is too steep, you must guess his name... RUMPELSTILTSKIN!  Join in the fun of Festival Time and help Clara guess the mischievous little gnome's name. You will also encounter a Jester, Villagers, Wizards, a Queen, a King, Knights and a band of busy little Bees. This heart-warming tale of mischief and friendship answers more questions than just "What is that little man's name?”


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, and the Green Lake State Bank for their support, 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 24 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); Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber or call 920-294-4279.  Online ticket sales or more information about Missoula Children’s Theatre available at 


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