Missoula Children’s Theatre coming to Hot Springs
Photo courtesy of Missoula Children’s Theatre
Youth from a previous Missoula Children’s Theatre production perform the play Aladdin on stage.
By Charity Maness
HOT SPRINGS – The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is coming to Hot Springs this week to open a whole new world to the youth of the community through the adventure of theater.
“I have worked with them before and they are one of the most incredible programs,” said Jeff Temple, Hot Springs City Administrator of his procuring the troupe to come to Hot Springs. “They are so flexible with their program, there is no skill level required of the children to participate and it’s such a fun affordable program to bring to Hot Springs and depending on the reception of the community we would like to fund it again.”
“I think this is fantastic,” said Chris Kattke, Mueller Center Director. “This is going to be such a big plus to the children of Hot Springs; providing them an opportunity to experience theater.”
While Kattke praised the theater program at the High School, he pointed out that those younger than high school age lacked access to theater and the acting experience as a whole hoping this would allow youth interested in the art to “get their feet wet”.
Funded by the City of Hot Springs, the MCT brings with it 40 years of theater experience and talented staff, having toured the US and Japan and been hosted in more than 1200 locations their mission is to aide in the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
When a town is chosen, a MCT tour team will arrive with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play except the cast. This is where the community youth come in to play.
MCT is looking for 50-60 youth to participate in their adaptation of Aladdin; an Aladdin with a twist. For those interested, auditions will be held January 23rd 4:30 pm at the Mueller Center.
“We are open to pre-register up until that evening,” said Kattke. “We have a sign-up sheet as there are only so many spots per age available.” Participation fees are $25 for the first child, $20 for the second child and $15 each additional child with registration in person at the Mueller Center, 801 S. 6th Street, Hot Springs.
Kattke further stated that the experience is not just limited to tryouts and practice it will also include workshops throughout the week.
MCT focuses on workshops that promote creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem.
“It is an immersion into theater,” said Kattke.
The older youth will practice after school Monday through Thursday, and the younger youth will have shorter practices.
After a week of practice and workshops, the MCT adaptation of Aladdin featuring aspiring Hot Springs thespians will hold their opening night Friday, Jan. 27 with a 3 pm matinee and Saturday, Jan. 28 with a 7 pm Showtime. Tickets sold at the door.