Missoula, MT – Missoula Community Theatre (MCT) brings the heart-warming, romantic musical comedy “She Loves Me” to the stage beginning in December.

A musical adaptation of a play by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, “She Loves Me” revolves around a young man and woman who are at odds with each other at work, but who are simultaneously falling in love as secret pen pals.

Missoula Community Theatre first produced “She Loves Me” in 1994 at the Front Street Theatre with a cast that included Michael McGill (now MCT’s executive director), as well as local actors Alicia Bullock-Muth, Shaun Nichols, and as sixteen-year-old Andy Meyers.

Meyers has performed and directed professionally in theatres across the country and was recently named the new artistic director of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. And he is once again part of “She Loves Me,” but in a completely different role. “Last time I played Arpad, the delivery boy. That production had an incredible cast of Missoula theatre favorites, all of whom I looked up too,” Meyers said. “’She Loves Me’ has always been one of my favorite musicals, and it is such an incredible experience to be able to play Georg here in Missoula.” Meyers continued, “At the risk of sounding totally cliché, that show was the turning point in my life as an artist; it was during that production that I realized that theatre would be my career, not just my hobby. I feel very blessed to have grown up in Missoula, participating in MCT programs, so I can’t imagine a better place to perform my dream role.”

Directed by Joseph Martinez, “She Loves Me” performances will be December 2-11 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket prices range from $17 to $21, are available by phone at (406) 728-7529, online at www.mctinc.org, or in person at 200 North Adams Street, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on performance dates one hour prior to show time.

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Media contact: Amy Farrington (406) 728-1911

About Missoula Community Theatre
An extension project of MCT, Inc., Missoula Community Theatre provides local community members of all ages the opportunity to participate in the performing arts. On average during each community theatre season, more than 650 roles are filled by local actors, singers, dancers, musicians, technical crew, and other volunteers.

MCT Makes Slight Change to Community Theatre Name

(Missoula, MT) MCT, Inc.—the legal name of the non-profit organization that includes a number of programs, both locally and far-reaching—is making a small change to its community theatre name to better reflect its purpose and scope. What was formerly known as the MCT Community Theatre is now called the Missoula Community Theatre.

“The program itself is not changing,” stated Terri Elander, public relations director. “We still offer a season subscription or single-ticket sales for five, high-quality productions each year. We are just simplifying the name. We know that many people have been calling this program the Missoula Community Theatre for years anyway, so, in reality, it’s a very minor change.

The new name will help to clarify the differences between various programs and projects that live under the MCT umbrella. “MCT has always been synonymous with the Missoula Children’s Theatre,” Elander continued, “but now the acronym will clearly reference the programs that involve thousands of Missoula-area participants each year. Whether on stage as actors, singers or dancers, below the stage in the orchestra pit, backstage on the technical crew, in front of house or serving as ushers, this all works because there are local volunteers, working and playing together—building community. It’s not just any community theatre; it’s the Missoula Community Theatre.”

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Media contact: Terri Elander, Public Relations Director/ (406) 728-1911

About MCT, Inc.
Founded in 1970, MCT, Inc. is the parent company of the Missoula Children’s Theatre and the Missoula Community Theatre. Other local MCT projects include Next Step Prep—the Academy for Musical Theatre, Teen Arts Group, and performing arts summer camps and classes. The Missoula Children’s Theatre International Tour visits nearly 1,300 communities annually, in all 50 states, 5 Canadian provinces and over 12 countries overseas. For more information, call (406) 728-1911.

Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” Creeps into
Missoula Community Theatre Just in Time for Halloween

Missoula, MT – Missoula Community Theatre opens their season on October 21 with “Dracula.” “It’s a great show for Missoula,” says director TJ Charlson, “There’s such a wide range of talents onstage. We have everyone from Hollywood actors to people who have never been onstage before. It’s a true cross-section of Missoula performers.”

The story begins as young Lucy Seward (Andrea Asta) is strangely listless ever since the arrival of her unusual neighbor Count Dracula (Howard Kingston). Dr. Seward’s sanitorium patients have been agitated as well, and even the well-known specialist Dr. Van Helsing (Alan Gelman) cannot explain what has happened.

Based on the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker and adapted to the stage by Hamilton Deane in 1924, this well-known vampire story is set in Victorian-era England. The novel has been a major influence on the popularity of vampires since its release, leading to countless film and stage adaptations of the story. “This show is different because it challenges peoples’ expectations of what they think vampires are. This isn’t ‘True Blood’ or ‘Twilight,’ it’s the original story that put vampires into the public mind,” said Charlson.

Guaranteed to bring shivers to the audience, “Dracula” performances are October 21-30 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket prices range from $17 to $21, are available by phone at (406) 728-7529, online at www.mctinc.org, or in person at 200 North Adams Street, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on performance dates one hour prior to show time.

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Media contact: Amy Farrington (406) 728-1911

Missoulian article by Joe Nickell about artistic director: “Joe Martinez’s office at the East Broadway headquarters of Missoula Children’s Theatre still has the air of a new apartment.” Read more.

Getting Ahead mention of artistic director:
MCT Inc. (parent company of the Missoula Children’s Theatre and MCT Community Theatre) hired Joseph Martinez as its artistic director. Read more.

Missoula, MT – In conjunction with National Arts In Education Week, MCT, Inc. will present the children’s play “Miss Nelson is Missing” at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Based upon the popular children’s book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, “Miss Nelson is Missing” tells the story of an elementary school teacher who can’t control her crazy classroom because she is just too nice. When she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp. The kids suddenly realize how much they want Miss Nelson back, and they’ll do anything to solve the mystery of her disappearance.

“We wanted to do something during Arts In Education Week this year,” commented Joseph Martinez, artistic director. “So many children are familiar with this book, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the story to life on stage. We hope that by presenting this production that it not only increases children’s appreciation for reading, but also creates an appreciation for live theatre.”

“Many familiar faces from the MCT staff are participating in this production, including Don Mogstad and Eric Prim, who are responsible for local children’s programs,” Martinez continued. “The fact that so many children work with Don and Eric during the summer and the school year, I think it would be great if those kids got to see their teachers as actors.” Other staff members in the cast include Amy Ellis, Chelle Robinson, Don Collins, Dylan Wright, Kepler Correia, Kevin Harrington, Michelle Nigh-Mogstad, and Victoria Larson.

Tickets for Miss Nelson is Missing go on sale Tuesday, September 6. The MCT Center for the Performing Arts is ADA accessible and MCT accommodates accessibility needs upon request. For more information or to buy tickets, call (406) 728-7529 or visit www.mctinc.org.

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Media contact: Amy Farrington (406) 728-1911

About MCT, Inc.
Founded in 1970, MCT, Inc. is the parent company of the Missoula Children’s Theatre and MCT Community Theatre. Missoulians fill 1,500 roles within local MCT programs each year as actors, singers, dancers, musicians, technical crew, and other volunteers. The Missoula Children’s Theatre International Tour visits more than 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 15 countries on average, reaching approximately 650,000 people annually.

Missoula, MT — MCT, Inc. (parent company of the Missoula Children’s Theatre and MCT Community Theatre) recently hired Joseph Martinez as their artistic director. Previously, Martinez worked at MCT for thirteen years in various roles, including as show director for sold out performances of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” and the school edition of “Les Misérables” before leaving to help open the Arizona Broadway Theatre, a successful professional dinner theatre in Peoria, Arizona.

“When the artistic director position opened up, I jumped at the chance to return to MCT. Remembering that feeling of making a difference in someone’s life was one of my main reasons I wanted to return,” Martinez said. Martinez came on board in July and already co-directed a show with thirty-year MCT veteran and executive director, Michael McGill. “After directing and managing at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Joe brings great experience and highly developed skills to MCT; we’re delighted to have him back,” said McGill. “We have so many projects to go around, and it’s nice to share the fun. Joe and I have had many different jobs at MCT and we speak the same language.”

“Coming back after six years is, as they say, like riding a bike. It feels like I’m in the right place, where I need to be. The passion that people have for this company, as well as the passion the community has for the arts—there is nothing better. To be able to be part of this is very rewarding,” Martinez shared. As MCT heads into their new season, Martinez will direct “Miss Nelson is Missing,” a production for children, in celebration of National Arts In Education Week this September, as well as MCT Community Theatre’s “She Loves Me” in December and “West Side Story” next May.

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Media contact: Amy Farrington (406) 728-1911

About MCT, Inc.
Founded in 1970, MCT, Inc. is the parent company of the Missoula Children’s Theatre and MCT Community Theatre. Missoulians fill 1,500 roles within local MCT programs each year as actors, singers, dancers, musicians, technical crew, and other volunteers. The Missoula Children’s Theatre International Tour visits more than 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 15 countries on average, reaching approximately 650,000 people annually.

From acting to Zumba, there’s “No Biz Like Show Biz!”

Missoula, MT — Each year the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) International Tour staff nominate kids from around the world for Performing Arts Camp. Kids in grades 7-12 send in their applications and audition tapes, and approximately 200 kids selected to attend the camp. This year Performing Arts Camp presents an upbeat, lighthearted show filled with Broadway Tunes: “No Biz Like Show Biz.”

“The show theme celebrates the different professions that make up the Performing Arts,” says Joe Martinez, artistic director at MCT. “The cast will explore poetry, dance, mime, melodrama, storytelling, and musical theatre.” Kids rehearse for 10 days up at Flathead Lake, and return to Missoula for their final performances.

“No Biz Like Show Biz!” performances will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, August 19 at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.; and August 20 at 1:00, 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. For tickets call (406) 728-7529 or visit www.mctinc.org.

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Media contact: Amy Farrington (406) 728-1911

Mayor John Engen pronounced the week of June 13-19, 2011 “Jim Caron Week“.

On celebrating 40 years of MCT: 70 high school performers celebrate MCT milestone, Missoulian article

Response about the performance: MCT Performance Rocked

Missoulian article announcing the 2011-2012 MCT Community Theatre season.