Missoula Children’s Theatre Information
History of MCT:
During this time period (the early 70's) the company began to use kids as cast members when it seemed appropriate - Hansel and Gretel, the Dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, etc. In 1972, when February performances of Snow White were booked into Miles City, a small Montana community located an icy 500 miles from Missoula, Jim and the other directors were not excited about the responsibility of traveling with seven children across the state, so they decided to take a radical step; they would attempt to cast the dwarfs from children in Miles City. The directors traveled across the state a week before the rest of the company, a bit skeptical about finding seven kids who might be interested in being in the play. When 450 children arrived at the tryout, the astonished team auditioned the huge group and cast the seven roles. The success of that week - obvious major interest among kids, parents, teachers, and even the press as well as an excellent production and sold out audiences - opened the eyes of the MCT staff and opened the doors to the MCT future.
The lessons learned in those early days, especially the rewards of involving children as cast members, set the stage for today's International Tour, MCT's Performing Arts Camps a strong local children's season, the acclaimed MCT Community Theatre, and the magnificent home base facility which opened its doors in 1998. As for the future, MCT continues to reach for the stars.
*This information is from the Missoula Children’s Theatre website.
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