Missoula Theatre rolls into town with 'Gulliver's Travels,' 'Treasure Island'
The Center for the Arts and the Sherwood Foundation for the Arts welcome back the Missoula Children's Theatre this summer as they present Gulliver's Travels (July 31-Aug. 5) and Treasure Island (Aug. 7-12).
What that means is that a little red truck will pull into town with everything it takes to mount a full-scale musical production … except the cast. That's why Sherwood residents won't want to miss this great opportunity to get their kids involved as they witness them auditioning, rehearsing and performing "Gulliver's Travels" and "Treasure Island" — all within a week's time. However, spots are limited based on age groups and parents should register their children soon.
"Gulliver's Travels" performances take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 3 and 5:30 p.m. The "Treasure Island" performances are set for Saturday, Aug. 12 at 3 and 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for all ages can be purchased online, over the phone at 503-625-4ART or at the door.
To learn more about the Missoula Children's Theatre productions, visit SherwoodCenterfortheArts.org, call 503-625-4ART or stop by the center, located at 22689 S.W. Pine Street.
The Missoula Children's Theatre, the nation's largest touring children's theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of tour actor/directors.
A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play . . . except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts 50 to 60 local students to perform in the production.
The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented on Saturday.
All Missoula Children's Theatre shows are original adaptations of classic children's stories and fairytales . . . a twist on the classic stories that you know and love.
Also included in the residency are three enrichment workshops presented by the tour actor/directors.
Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through the participation in this unique, educational project. The organization's mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
Based in Missoula, Montana, Missoula Children's Theatre also runs many local programs including musical theater day camps and performing arts classes for local children, a summer residency Performing Arts Camp for students from around the world and the Missoula Community Theatre, which creates an arena for local talent of all ages to participate in large-scale productions and attracts audiences from western Montana.
For students interested in a career in the performing arts, the theater company has developed Next Step Prep — The Academy for Musical Theatre — providing high school students an affordable opportunity to train and study with well-known professionals in the field of music, dance and acting to prepare for college.