Missoula Children's Theatre searches Brewton for cast

Published 1:24 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009

By Staff
The Missoula Children's Theatre is planning a return trip to Brewton Feb. 2 to search for a princess and a full court of royalty and townsfolk.
The MCT's original adaptation of “The Princess and the Pea” is the premise for what has become an annual event made possible by the Brewton Council of the Arts.
Auditions will be held Monday, Feb. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Woodfin-Patterson Auditorium on the campus of Jefferson Davis Community College.
The roles of the Princess, the Pea, King and Queen Size of Riverdom, Storm King and Snow Queen of Glacierdom, the Prince, the mischievous Jack Frost and citizens of Riverdom and Glacierdom will be filled during the audition period. Dust Bunnies, meddling leprechauns and wannabe Princesses are also needed for the production.
Those auditioning for the play should arrive no later than 4 p.m. and plan to stay for the full two-hour audition period. Some cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal session immediately following the audition.
All students, kindergarten through twelfth grade are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary as assistant directors will be on hand to help auditioners. Some of the assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities. Rehearsals will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. each evening of the week between auditions and performance.
Following a week of rehearsals a special presentation of “The Princess and the Pea” will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. and will be filled with Brewton's young thespians.
MCT has been touring for more than 30 years. Annually, MCT visits nearly 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 4 Canadian Provinces and overseas. MCT's mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through participation in this unique and educational project.
MCT's team of two professional tour actor/directors arrive in your town with scenery, costumes, props, make-up and basic lighting-everything it takes to put on a play, except the cast.
The weeklong residency begins with an open group audition and culminates in two public performances. Fifty to sixty students grades K-12, or a combination of these ages, are cast and well rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography to perform as an ensemble in producing a full-length musical. All MCT shows are original adaptations of children's stories and fairytales with a twist.
The Missoula Children's Theatre residency in Brewton is presented locally by the Brewton Council of the Arts.
For more information, call Alecia Glaize 251-236-1108.