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October 15, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Missoula Children’s Theatre is holding auditions on Monday, Oct. 30, from 4-6 p.m. in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre for the Arts for Young America production of "The Wiz of the West.

All area children, regardless of ability, are welcome to audition for this production. Approximately 50 roles are available for local students. All students (ages K-12) are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary.  If selected, most students will participate in a week of rehearsals in preparation for the show, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. "The Wiz of the West" is a down-home, country retelling of the classic story, "The Wizard of Oz."

Founded in 1970 by Jim Caron who still serves as executive director, the Missoula Children’s Theatre is a touring company that invites children in its host community to be the stars in the show. Its members teach children how to perfect the craft of professional theatre while building self-esteem through experience. Missoula Children’s Theatre’s mission is to provide quality educational, entertainment, and enrichment experiences through the performing arts.

"The Wiz of the West" is part of Viterbo’s Arts for Young America program and is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin. It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Box Office at 796- 3100.

For more information on auditions, call Michael Ranscht at 796- 3741.

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