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September 26, 2003


LA CROSSE, Wis.­Missoula Children's Theatre presents an original musical adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, featuring the acting talents of many local children, at Viterbo University Saturday, Oct. 25.

A heart-warming tale of mischief and friendship, Rumpelstiltskin tells the tale of the little gnome Rumpelstiltskin who tries to outwit the beautiful maiden, Clara.  Rumpelstiltskin can spin straw into gold for a price, but if the price is too high he makes people guess his name.  The audience will join in the fun of Festival Time along with a jester, villagers, wizards, knights, and a band of busy little Bees that make this tale about much more than just a name.

Missoula Children's Theatre is the largest touring children's theatre in the country.  The concept is based on a weeklong residency during which a team of two staff actors/directors develop and produce a full-scale musical with local children as cast members.  The plays are updated versions of classic fairy tales and come complete with professionally designed scenery, costumes, props, and make-up.

Rumpelstiltskin  is part of the Ronald McDonald Arts for Young America Series and is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin, Inc. It is also supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children under twelve.  Show times are at 3 and 7p.m. in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.  For more information contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 608-796-3100.

For information on auditions, scheduled for Oct. 20, from 4-6 p.m. at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center, call Michael Ranscht at 796- 3737.

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