This year the Lester Centre of the Arts will be bringing back the Missoula Children’s Theatre to put on a production that will include over 50 children and teens from the community acting on stage.
On Monday, April 11 the Lester Centre will be holding auditions to find out who the 50 actors will be.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a group dedicated to providing financial accessible arts experiences to all communities, regardless of size or economic status, by helping kids practice and put on productions.
“Last year was my first time involved with Missoula Children’s Theatre. I had heard many good things about it, but until I actually saw it I could not believe that the kids had learned so much in such a short period of time, and they had so much fun,” said the Lester Centre’s General Manager Crystal Lorette.
“It was such a wonderful, heart warming experience last year, so I wanted to bring it back.”
This year the Missoula Children’s Theatre will be casting for roles for productions of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast”, a classic fairy tale with a country-western spin. Auditions will be held for children in kindergarten to grade 12 on April 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Lester Centre of the Arts. Children and teens wishing to audition should be at the Lester Centre, with a parent or guardian, as a small amount of paperwork needs to be filled out. No preparations are needed for the auditions.
“Even if children are unsure about auditioning they should just come down and check it out,” Lorette said, mentioning that parents are more than welcome to stay and watch the whole audition process as well as each practice.
After all the actors are chosen, there will be daily practices after school at the Lester Centre to help kids and teens partaking to prepare. There is no charge for the week, but children must be committed to the production and come to practice each
There will be two showings of the production after a week of practice, the first being held as a matinee starting at two p.m. on April 16, and again later that day the second showing will take place at 6:30 p.m.