MCT Community Theatre Announces Their New Season,
And It’s Filled With Delightful Classics

MISSOULA, MT — The tradition of holding four musicals and one non-musical play continues at the MCT Community Theatre with these classics: “Dracula,” “She Loves Me,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Godspell,” and “West Side Story.”

“This season offers something for everyone, with several shows that will entertain the whole family,” said Michael McGill, MCT Inc.’s executive director, “We’re bringing horror, heart-warming drama, hilarity, hummable tunes, and humanity to the stage throughout the next year.”

“Dracula,” based on Bram Stoker’s novel, opens the MCT Community Theatre season in October, just in time to enjoy Halloween. “She Loves Me” is a Tony Award-winning romantic, musical comedy with performances in the holiday time slot. Audiences may know the “She Loves Me” storyline as “The Shop Around the Corner,” a movie with Jimmy Stewart, or as “You’ve Got Mail” featuring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. “Once Upon a Mattress” is a fun—but fractured—fairy tale based upon “The Princess and the Pea” story and was the vehicle for Carol Burnett’s stardom in the seventies. “Godspell” brings popular music telling the story of Jesus to the Missoula stage, and the last show of the season, “West Side Story,” is based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” set in the early sixties, and showcases the conflicts and violence of street life. It features a well-known score by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Season Series Subscription costs remain the same as last season, from $46 through $90. MCT VIP subscriptions are also available for $500 and include a catered reception before each show. To subscribe, contact MCT, Inc. by phone at (406) 728-7529 or in person at 200 North Adams Street, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. All performances are held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.

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MCT Community Theatre presents “East Broadway Rocks” April 29 through May 15. This high-energy theatrical experience is infused with elements of rock and roll music, led by a cast of 70 talented Missoula teens.

“East Broadway Rocks” is an entertaining and informative romp celebrating 40 years of MCT Incorporated (parent company to both MCT Community Theatre and the Missoula Children’s Theatre), with samples from classic musical theatre productions as well as more contemporary show titles. With a nod to the popular television show “Glee,” this production also includes selections from many popular rock and roll recording artists.

To produce this commemorative show, MCT assembled a team of experts from within the community, including choreographer Heather Torma (Downtown Dance Collective), music instructor Troy Bashor (Frenchtown schools), choreographer Lisa Deer (On Center Performing Arts), actor Chris Torma, and long-time MCT staff members Michael McGill, Don Kukla, and T.J. Charlson to teach and rehearse this large cast.

All performances will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts and are suitable for all ages. Tickets ($15 to $20) 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 9:00-5:00 and one hour prior to each performance.

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Media Contact: Amy Farrington / (406) 728-1911

An Iconic American Classic Takes the Stage
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” opens March 11

MCT Community Theatre presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” March 11-20. Guest directed by David Mills-Low, this iconic American classic takes a step away from the traditional musicals that MCT is known for. The inclusion of this title in the season piqued the interest of prospective actors and audience alike, with the result of many new and familiar faces joining the cast.

New to the MCT stage are veteran Missoula actors Andrew Rizzo as Randle Patrick McMurphy and Martha Neslen as Nurse Ratched. Also, Samuel Jaxin Enemy-Hunter, a storyteller for the Crow Tribe of Indians, makes his Missoula debut as Chief Bromden.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is set in a mental health institution during the sixties, and focuses on one man’s epic struggle. The audience follows his journey through all of man’s desperate emotions from joy to tragedy.

All performances will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. The show contains language which may be offensive to some and adult themes that are not suitable for children. Tickets ($15 to $20) 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 9:00-5:00 and one hour prior to each performance.

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Media Contact: Amy Farrington / (406) 728-1911

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has seeded a permanent endowment for Next Step Prep, the high-school theater arts academy, with a $100,000 gift . . .

Read the entire Missoulian article by Jamie Kelly.

Missoula Children’s Theatre’s new, original musical: “Blackbeard the Pirate”

MISSOULA, MT—Each year the Missoula Children’s Theatre develops one new musical to add to their repertoire of touring shows. This year, MCT’s new prototype show is “Blackbeard the Pirate,” written by executive director, Michael McGill.

Prototype shows are rehearsed in Missoula with a full cast of children twice a week, for a period of five weeks. Once perfected, the MCT International Tour will feature “Blackbeard the Pirate,” among other titles, and will produce each show within one week’s time. According to McGill, “In a prototype environment, we take more time to polish the script, refine blocking, and establish the most effective teaching methods for that particular show. During this process, we discover many exciting and valuable things about the script, our teaching, and our casts.”

“Blackbeard the Pirate” will take the audience on a family-friendly journey to meet some of the most colorful buccaneers of the seventeenth century. McGill’s script is “very character driven and will re-enforce the values of living a healthy and happy life.”

World premiere performances of “Blackbeard the Pirate” will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts on February 19 and 20 at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $9. Call 728-7529 or visit www.mctinc.org for tickets or more information.

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Media Contact: Amy Farrington / (406) 728-1911

About the Missoula Children’s Theatre
The Missoula Children’s Theatre’s mission is to develop life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. The MCT International Tour has toured for 40 years, visiting over 1,200 communities annually in all 50 states, 4 Canadian Provinces, and 15 countries. For more information, visit www.mctinc.org.

February 1, 2011

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire MCT, Inc. family, I apologize to our audience, our communities, and to Sarah Palin for language included in a recent MCT Community Theatre production.

At times, our Community Theatre does delve into current events or present what certain audiences may construe as sensitive material. In this particular situation, however, we recognize that we made a mistake. The offending language was inappropriate and insensitive and should not have been included in the finished piece. We have implemented a policy to ensure this doesn’t happen again. I will review all scripts and scores—including re-writes and additions—with closer scrutiny and greater sensitivity.

To clarify, MCT Community Theatre productions are solely performed in the local theater and do not reflect content performed in our children’s productions. Productions produced through the Missoula Children’s Theatre are family-friendly fare, appropriate for all ages.

Again, the Board of Directors and I offer our sincerest apologies.

Michael McGill, Executive Director

Board of Directors:
Bill Wagner, President
Paul Tiede, Vice President
Barb Callaghan, Secretary/Treasurer
Dolores Bandow
Catherine Capps
Jim Foley
Alane Harkin
Vicki Judd
Dick King
Marynell Kliber
Craig Langel
Linda Lennox
Veronica Morris
P. Mars Scott
Bill Silverman
Kimberlee Visser
Mysta Ward

Michael McGill has been dreaming of a White Christmas longer than most of us this year. And he’ll get his wish early and often starting this very weekend, when MCT Community Theatre opens its two-week run of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” a stage musical based on the classic film of the same name, which in turn is based on the classic Irving Berlin song of the same name . . .

Read the entire Missoulian Entertainer article by Joe Nickell.

MCT Community Theatre presents “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” December 3-12

MISSOULA, MT—This December, director Michael McGill wants you to leave the theatre ready to enjoy the holiday season with new warmth in your heart. MCT Community Theatre presents the inspiring classic, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” December 3-12 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.

“Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it,” said Irving Berlin, arguably one of America’s best composers. “White Christmas” shares ideals such as life is precious, people are good to people, and hope is out there if you’ll just go around the corner to meet it. Mix the uplifting script with MCT’s ability to create a relationship with the audience and you’ll take the “White Christmas” message home with you.

The play takes place in several locations including a quaint Vermont inn and contains classic musical numbers such as “Blue Skies,” “Sisters,” and, of course, “White Christmas.” McGill hopes to show something essential to life: the intangible feeling that can be achieved through rediscovered hope in the future.

All performances will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets ($15 to $20) 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 show dates one hour prior to the show.

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The worst show on Broadway sure has enjoyed a good run over the years. That’s hardly what characters Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom intended when they set out to con Manhattan’s wealthy elite with a guaranteed flop. But it’s exactly what comedian Mel Brooks hoped would happen when he penned the screenplay to his 1968 debut feature film, “The Producers,” and its subsequent 2001 Broadway stage adaptation . . .

Read the entire Missoulian Entertainer article by Joe Nickell.

MCT Community Theatre presents “The Producers” November 5-14

MISSOULA, MT — MCT Community Theatre’s first offering of the 2010-2011 season kicks off with Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Guest directed by Dan Sharkey, ”The Producers” brings Max Bialystock (played by Howard Kingston) a down on his luck producer with a string of flops to his name together with Leo Bloom (Don Mogstad) a shy accountant with dreams of grandeur, and a plan to get rich quick is born. The idea: get one very wealthy backer, produce Broadway’s biggest flop, close after the first curtain and make off with the dough!

Originally written for the screen and starring Gene Wilder in 1968, “The Producers” was re-written as a musical for Broadway in 2001. A Tony Award winner the original cast was headed by Nathan Lane as Max and Matthew Broderick as Leo. The two later reprised their roles for the movie version that was released in 2005.

Not a show for the whole family, but sure to make you laugh in the irreverent tradition of all things Mel Brooks, grown-ups won’t want to miss this show! You’ll laugh until you cry, and be humming tunes for weeks to come.

All performances will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets ($15 to $20) 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 show dates one hour prior to the show.

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Media Contact: Amy Farrington / (406) 728-1911