MCT returns to festival with ‘The Frog Prince’

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  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:33am

Local children have been at work this week memorizing lines and blocking for a unique performance opportunity with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), which returns to the Shoreline Arts Festival June 25 with “The Frog Prince,” an original adaptation of the classic children’s story.

Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 30 years, performing in communities from Montana to Japan. The company visits more than 1,000 communities each year with 35 teams of tour actor/directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play — except the cast.

The team holds an open audition and casts 50 to 60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented on Saturday. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales. MCT’s mission is the development of lifeskills in children through participation in the performing arts.

MCT is based in Missoula, Mont. and also runs many local programs. These include musical theatre Day Camps and Performing Arts Classes for local children, a summer residency Performing Arts Camp for students from around the world and MCT Community Theatre, which creates an arena for local talent of all ages to participate in large-scale productions and attracts audiences from throughout western Montana.

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