Missoula Children’s Theater returning to New England

The Missoula Children’s Theater is coming back to New England.

Missoula Black Beard

By Cole Benz | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Missoula Children’s Theater is coming back to New England. After last year’s successful performance of the Wizard of Oz, the New England Booster Club is looking to make this an annual event for the kids of the community.

Since there is little opportunity for kids in the area to get involved with a drama production, the booster club wanted to start something. So after some discussion, Nancy Belland recommended The Missoula Children’s Theater. Balland had some previous experience working with them and was familiar with the organization.

The Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) is an organization based out of Missoula, Mont. that travels to towns and spends a week putting on productions with the kids in the community.

This year the MCT is going to be in New England during the first week of March and the show is ‘Black Beard the Pirate.’

Auditions for the upcoming production are March 2, and anyone interested should come to the Memorial Hall after school. Auditions are open to anyone in grades Kindergarten through 12th. The cast and crew will practice nightly for one week. A dress rehearsal will take place on March 7 with two performances later in the day.

New England reached out to the MCT last year and the process went very smoothy according to Adriene Kathrein, a New England Booster Club member.

“They do a fabulous job, it’s unbelievable what they can get those kids to do in a week,” Kathrein said.

MCT is convenient for communities because they bring the whole show with them, literally. When you hire MCT for a production in the community, they bring the make up, costumes, and different set pieces. It’s an all-in-one package with the organization.

Last year there were 50 kids from the community that participated, and Kathrein said she expects that number to be larger this year.

“I do expect growth,” Kathrein said.

One of the reasons she expects it to grow is because she knows there were a lot of kids in the older grades frustrated that they didn’t audition after seeing last year’s performance.

Last year’s production was a success on multiple levels. Not only were friends and relatives able to see the kids perform, but the booster club was able to make enough from the admissions to hold the event again.

The booster club generated $1,400 and they turned around and put it right back into the future plays.

There are four people on the MCT committee and Shawn and Shelley Wolf donate the housing for the traveling directors. The school will also be helping with transportation and set up and teardown for the performances.

Kathrein also said there are numerous volunteers that help during practices and the performances.

Show times for this year’s production is 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Tickets are available at both New England Public School and The Express Stop. They can also be purchased at the door the day of the performances.

Admission for grades k-12 is $5, and $7 for anyone 18 years of age or older.

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