Twice a year the little red truck from Missoula, Montana arrives at the Kate, and kids line up to get into the show! Kids grades 1-12 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 the performance 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.’
Hansel and Gretel – February 27- March 4, 2023
An audition will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) original adaptation of Hansel and Gretel on February 27 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Those auditioning should arrive at 3:30 pm 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 until 8pm following a break from 5:30pm-6:00pm.
Students 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.
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 3:30pm-5:30pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm each day.
Hansel and Gretel will be presented on March 4 at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center at 1pm. 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 64 children will be cast for the production.
Times are tough for modern-day Hank and Gretchen, ‘til they find themselves deep in the wondrous Wildwood world of Hansel and Gretel. The Missoula Children’s Theatre proudly presents an original musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm age-old tale of a journey, a secret and a grand adventure. Poor Hank and Gretchen! All of their friends, off to summer camp, have left them behind. While waiting for dinner, Hank and Gretchen fall asleep and dream their way to times gone by. They wake with a start! Their clothes are so strange–and so are their names. Lost in the deep dark woods, Granny leads Hansel and Gretel on a search for the path which will lead them to better times at home. But as evening approaches and the moon rises above the trees, Hansel and Gretel are not alone! The Rascals dart from tree to tree as sweet little Wallybirds innocently munch on the cookie crumbs left as a map on the forest floor. Crafty cooks and Gingerbread Men lead our heroes to a colorful cottage concocted completely of candy and cakes, where Hansel and Gretel unravel the secret of the Wildwood Witch:
Is she bad?
Or is she good?
Is she wicked…
There’s music and laughter and thrills and chills. So join the fun as Hansel and Gretel’s dream is mysteriously blended with real life, and the lessons of one apply to the other. You’ll learn the secret of the Wildwood — but, shhh — don’t tell!
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