Missoula Children's Theatre
MCT's Mission Statement
The development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
The 2017 Summer MCT production is Jack and the Beanstalk
MCT is back! The Fine Arts Center has hosted MCT for over twenty one years, and interest in the program keeps growing. This is your chance to experience the fun and excitement of MCT and their production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Each season, Missoula Children's Theatre production is a part of the Viterbo Fine Arts Center's Ronald McDonald Arts for Young America Family Series.
* The MCT fall production at Viterbo will be Aladdin. Audition is on Monday, October 30 at 3:45 pm.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk, an original adaptation of the classic children’s story. What happens when a young boy plants Wonder Beans in his own backyard? For Jack, it is the beginning of a great adventure. With a little help from P.T. Wonder and a Giant, Jack learns a valuable lesson about true happiness. This musical production also features a host of other characters, including the Elegant Harp, Jill, Mother, Milky White, the Farmers, the Merchants, the Circus Performers and the Wonder Beans.
Conceived and Written by Jim Caron
Music by Michael McGill
Original Staging by Jim Caron
Arranged by Michael McGill
Auditions will be held on Monday, August 7 from 8:15-10:30 am at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center. There are numerous roles available for young people of all ages, kindergarten through twelfth grade. (Note: Children who audition must be 5 years of age or older). 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.
To audition for Jack and the Beanstalk, you should arrive at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center by 8:15 am to allow for registration. Students should plan to stay the entire two-hour and fifteen minute session. No advance preparation for this audition is necessary. There is no charge for partcipation in this MCT residency.
|Rehearsal Schedule for Those Who are Cast *|
|Monday, August 7||11 am - 1 pm|
|Tuesday, August 8||8:30 - 10:30 am; break; 11 am-1 pm|
|Wednesday, August 9||8:30 - 10:30 am; break; 11 am-1 pm|
|Thursday, August 10||8:30 - 10:30 am; break; 11 am-1 pm|
|Friday, August 11||8:30 - 10:30 am; break; 11 am-1 pm|
|Saturday, August 12||Morning rehearsal; 1 pm and 4 pm performances|
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.
* Schedule subject to change.
We know you will gain wonderful experiences by participating in this production. If you or your parents have questions about Missoula Children’s Theatre’s La Crosse residency, please contact us at email@example.com or 608-796-3735.
History of Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT)
It was the summer of 1970. Jim Caron, unemployed and searching for a mission in life, was on his way from Chicago to a friend's wedding in Oregon when his aging Volkswagen van broke down. The nearest service station was—fortunately and fatefully—in Missoula, Mont. While waiting for the van to be patched together, Jim noticed an audition poster for Man of La Mancha. Just for fun, he auditioned and was cast in the role of Sancho. An instant and lasting friendship was developed with Don Collins, the actor playing Don Quixote. Along with Don, MCT's current senior development office, Jim organized a company of adults who did plays for children on a make-shift stage in a local movie theatre. The plays—as well as the idea of developing live theatre for kids—were well received in Missoula, and soon nearby Montana and Idaho communities requested performances of their own.
During this time period (the early ’70s) 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. For additional information, visit their website.