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.’


Rumpelstiltskin – June 27- July 2, 2022

An audition will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) original adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin on June 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Those auditioning should arrive at 10:00 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.

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 10am-12pm and 12:30pm to 2:30pm each day.

The performances of Rumpelstiltskin will be presented on July 2 at 11:00am and 1:30pm at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. 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.

SYNOPSIS: This summer’s production of Rumpelstiltskin is an original adaptation of the classic tale of a strange little gnome who appears from here, there and everywhere. He will spin straw into gold…for a price and if his price is too steep, you must guess his name…Rumpelstiltskin! Join in the fun of Festival Time and help Clara guess the mischievous little gnome’s name while also encountering a Jester, Villagers, Wizards, a Queen, a King, Knights and a band of busy little Bees in this heart-warming tale of mischief and friendship.

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