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Hansel and Gretel is the Fall 2022 Missoula Children’s Theatre Production

The Viterbo University Fine Arts Center has hosted Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) for more than 20 years and interest in the program keeps growing. MCT is the nation's largest touring children's theatre, touring extensively for more than 40 years, performing all over the world.

Students in grades 1–12 are welcome to audition for MCT’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be held at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts in downtown La Crosse, Wis.

Auditions: Monday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.  (Arrive by 3:45 p.m.)
Rehearsals: Sept. 12–16  from 4-8:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Parking Near the Weber Center for the Performing Arts:
Street parking is available, but limited by time and location. See posted signs. There are nearby public parking ramps managed by the City of La Crosse. The Riverside Municipal Parking Ramp (424 2nd Street S.) is free, though space may be limited.  The entrance is on Jay Street.

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Show Synopsis

Times are tough for modern-day Hank and Gretchen, ‘til they find themselves deep in the wondrous Wildwood world of Hansel and Gretel. The Missoula Children's Theatre proudly presents an original musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm age-old tale of a journey, a secret and a grand adventure. Poor Hank and Gretchen! All of their friends, off to summer camp, have left them behind. While waiting for dinner, Hank and Gretchen fall asleep and dream their way to times gone by. They wake with a start! Their clothes are so strange–and so are their names. Lost in the deep dark woods, Granny leads Hansel and Gretel on a search for the path which will lead them to better times at home. But as evening approaches and the moon rises above the trees, Hansel and Gretel are not alone! The Rascals dart from tree to tree as sweet little Wallybirds innocently munch on the cookie crumbs left as a map on the forest floor. Crafty cooks and Gingerbread Men lead our heroes to a colorful cottage concocted completely of candy and cakes, where Hansel and Gretel unravel the secret of the Wildwood Witch:

Is she bad?
Or is she good?
Is she wicked…
Or misunderstood?

Adapted by Jim Caron.
Music and lyrics by Michael McGill and Jim Caron.

Audition Information

Students in grades 1-12 can audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Ages 10 and older will also be considered for assistant director position for the production during auditions.

Monday, Sept. 12    
4–6 p.m.
Weber Center for the Performing Arts

428 Front Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. to allow for registration. Students should plan to stay for the entire session (4-6 p.m.) Students who have been cast will also stay from 6:15-8:15 p.m. for start of rehearsal. There will be a 15-minute break in between. (Bring your own snack.)

Approximately 50-60 local children will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Directors. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. There is no charge for participation in this MCT residency.

To speed up the check-in process and help save paper, we ask that you fill out the registration form in advance (the red button above). However, registration forms will be available at auditions.

Rehearsal Schedule

Most students will rehearse approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes each day, Monday through Friday at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsal times will be 4-6 p.m. and 6:15-8:15 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. (Bring your own snack.)

Although not all cast members will be needed at every rehearsal session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and be able to attend all rehearsals for their role. 

Rehearsals are open to parents and teachers who are not disruptive, but it is also fun for students to surprise them at the performance at the end of the week.

If you or your parents have questions about Missoula Children’s Theatre’s La Crosse residency, please contact us at aya@viterbo.edu or 608-796-3737.

Performance Information

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Weber Center for the Performing Arts

Call time for performers TBA.
Tickets $16 (plus taxes and fees)

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