Twice a year (Spring & Summer) the little red truck from Missoula, Montana arrives at the Kate, and kids line up to get into the show! Kids audition on Monday and after casting is complete, the team has just 5 days to learn their lines, the choreography, and get into their costumes for two performances on Saturday. The program brings along two teaching artists who spend all week working with children to get them ready for the big show and teaching a little confidence, respect, and creativity along the way.

Missoula Children’s Theater at the Kate is generously supported by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

‘On Monday, they’re cast as characters. By Saturday, they’ve GAINED CHARACTER. The kind that really counts.’

Summer 2021


An audition will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) original adaptation of THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES on Monday, June 28 from 10 am to 12 pm. PRE-REGISTRATION to audition is required. Those auditioning should arrive at 10 am and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.

All students, entering 1st grade through 12th grade are encouraged to audition.  No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities. At this time, ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK DURING AUDITIONS AND REHEARSALS.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 10 am to 2:30 pm each day.

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES will be presented on Saturday, July 3 at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center at 11 and 1:30 pm. The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Old Saybrook is presented locally by The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.

There is no charge to be in the show but there are no complimentary tickets for performers. Everyone must purchase tickets to attend the performance.

Please note that up to 60 children will be cast for the production.