Date:   6/23/2012

The Tortoise Versus The Hare performed this Saturday

Audiences of all ages will get a fresh look at an old favorite this Saturday, June 23 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and more than 50 local students present THE TORTOISE VERSUS THE HARE at the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake.  Join the wise Tortoise, Coach Shelley Bowback, Curly Hare, Ester Bunny and Little Bonnie Bunny, along with the rascally Weasels, the singing service station Ferrets, the scaly Reptiles and more, as they prepare for their biggest race of the season!


Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Reptiles and the Mammals. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion.  The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” 


As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals.  Loyalties to their specific colors create a real animosity among these creatures.  Sound familiar?  As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, color is forgotten as the mammals and reptiles join in the search.  The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that “color is just a color – it’s just decorated skin.”  In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.


This wonderful 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.  This year’s MCT summer workshop program is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsorship is generously provided by the Green Lake Bank, Wallenfangs of Green Lake, Rural Insurance, Kiwanis Club of Green Lake and the Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation.


Last, but not least, a special thank you Heather McQuitty for offering weeklong accommodations for the two tour directors, Jessica Fritz who will be providing the lively and lighthearted piano music that accompanies all Missoula performances, and Thrasher volunteers who will be providing home-cooked meals every night of the week for the road-weary tour directors. 


Tickets prices for each entertaining production are $12 adults and $8 children and can be purchased online at, the Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, & Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick ‘n Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton), or by calling the office at 920-294-4279.


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