THE MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATER IS COMING TO RATTLESNAKE ELEMENTARY IN FEBRUARY!
The Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theater, will be at Rattlesnake Elementary School in February. Students from 1st to 5th grade will have the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform the play Peter and Wendy the week of February 3rd 2020.
Thank you SO MUCH to our sponsors who help make this possible!
DATES AND TIMES TO KNOW
Friday, January 17: Registration form due for students who wish to participate. The Registration form was distributed to students last week and can also be found here. Students must be pre–registered to audition.
Monday, February 3: Audition, 3:30* pm to 5:30 pm / First rehearsal, 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Tuesday, February 4 – Wednesday, February 5: Rehearsal sessions, 3:30* pm to 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Thursday, February 6: Rehearsal sessions, 2:30* pm to 4:30 pm and 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm
Friday, February 7: Morning dress rehearsal / Make up and costumes, 4:00* pm to 5:30 pm / Public Performance at 5:30 pm (free and open to the public)
(*see below for information on After School Care)
Students will need to audition on February 3rd. Only 50 to 60 students can be cast in the play, so there is no guarantee that all students will receive a part. (read useful information from MCT on helping kids deal with disappointment here)
The cost to participate if your child is selected as a cast member is $40 (paid after auditions). Scholarships are available, please contact Stacy Jehle at 728-2400 ext. 4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PTA volunteers will be available after school Monday through Friday to provide supervised care for participants until the MCT audition or rehearsal begins.
For additional information please see below or contact PTA volunteer, Dana Hupp: 406-880-4689
Dear Rattlesnake Families,
The Missoula Children’s Theater will be at Rattlesnake Elementary School the week of February 3, 2020! Students in 1st through 5th grade will have the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform the play Peter and Wendy. Auditions will be held on Monday, February 3rd, culminating in two performances on Friday, February 7th. Fifty to sixty students will be cast in the play. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that every student who auditions will receive a part. If your child is interested in auditioning, please return the registration form to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, January 17, 2020. A registration form is provided here (and also came home with your child last week).
Auditions: Auditions will occur at school on Monday, February 3rd from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. This is a group audition – no advance preparation is necessary. Cast members will be announced at the end of the audition. Please plan on meeting your child at the old gym by 5:15 pm to ensure you arrive for the announcement of the cast members. Please see the “Dealing with Disappointment” handout on the PTA’s website if you would like to learn more about how you can help your child if they are not selected. Students who are selected will have an opportunity to eat a sack dinner she/he brings after the audition. The first rehearsal will be that evening from approximately 5:45 to 7:45 pm.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will be conducted at school Monday through Friday, February 3rd through 7th. The first rehearsal will be Monday evening after auditions, from approximately 5:45 until 7:45 pm. There will be two sessions of rehearsals after school on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and 5:45 to 7:45 pm and on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and 4:45 to 6:45 pm. Cast members may be asked to attend one or both sessions each of those days depending upon their role. Additionally, students will participate in a dress rehearsal on the morning of Friday, February 7th, and will need to be back at school by 4:00 pm that day to prepare for the 5:30 pm public performance. Those auditioning are required to attend all rehearsals and scheduled performances. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed to cast members at the conclusion of the audition.
After School Care: PTA volunteers will be providing supervised after school care in the new gym for participating students between when school lets out each day and when the MCT activity begins. After care will be provided on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:00 to 3:30 pm and on Thursday from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. After care will also be provided on Friday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The students will be taken from after care to the appropriate gym for MCT practice.
Food/Pick Up: Please send a snack with your student if they will be in after care and/or a sack dinner if they will be attending both rehearsals in the evening. Please pick up your child at the south door of the old gym each evening and sign them out with the PTA volunteer.
Performances: The cast will be performing Peter and Wendy two times on Friday, February 7th. The first performance will be during the school day for the elementary students. The second performance will be Friday evening at 5:30 pm at Rattlesnake Elementary in the old gym. That performance will be free and open to the public.
Cost: There is a $40 participant fee for the students cast in the play. Please bring a check made out to Rattlesnake PTA in that amount Monday evening after rehearsal. Scholarships are available. Ms. Jehle in the Family Connection Center can provide you with information about receiving a scholarship. The PTA is hoping that through donations at Friday’s performance and other fundraising efforts that it will be able to fully cover the cost of the event in future years without requesting performance fees.
Please contact PTA Volunteer, Dana Hupp, (406) 880-4689, with any questions.
The Mission Statement of Missoula Children’s Theatre
We live in a highly competitive era. Youngsters are introduced at an early age to the realities of our achievement- and success-oriented society. From academics to athletics to social interaction, children feel pressure to get the best grades, score the most points, have the most friends. The Missoula Children’s Theatre strives to use the performing arts, wrapped in a positive, fun environment, as a vehicle to develop the life skills (social skills, communication skills, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, an understanding of the team concept and self-esteem) that children need to answer present and future challenges.
Although MCT tours to major metropolitan centers, most of the communities on the itinerary are isolated, underserved, and/or economically depressed. MCT remains dedicated to providing financially accessible arts experiences to all communities, regardless of size or economic status. Local performing arts programs may be supplemented using our program, but live theatre participation, qualified drama teachers, and educationally sound music programs within the curriculum are often non-existent. MCT caters to these communities by bringing in productions that can be staged in almost any setting.
Show casts include boys and girls in different grades and social groups. We cast quiet kids, kids who do sports and kids who don’t do sports, and kids with special needs. Our program embraces at-risk children with tough issues. MCT provides a unique opportunity to learn the lessons of group dynamics while also excelling and distinguishing oneself as an individual.
Yes, MCT provides a top-quality entertainment experience for audience members. Yes, MCT nurtures and challenges the abilities of those rare children with career performance ambitions and potential. Yes, MCT provides a healthy and wholesome ambassadorship for the arts and opens the door to new life experiences and aesthetic pleasures. But, the primary goal of MCT – indeed, the organization’s mission – is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.