If you’re limited by budget but wish to incorporate more performing arts into your community, new this school year is the Missoula Children’s Theatre Performing Arts Workshop Medley—an economical program that can involve as many as 1,000 students in just 5 days!

Each workshop is an age-appropriate, educational, interactive exploration of the performing arts through hands-on activities, coached by our professional actors. This standalone option is provided as a 2-day, 3-day or 5-day medley. For the full workshop repertoire and pricing visit www.mctinc.org/The_Tour/Performing_Arts_Workshop_Medley.

Detectives Sherlock Houses, Sam Scoop and their friends are back, but this time they’re dipping their toes in the liquid element of our great outdoors. Using theatrical tools, including a rousing “game show” and a series of theater exercises, participants will learn that without water our bodies and the great outdoors would not exist – they’re all connected. Come and discover the importance of water in the world around us! Developed in partnership with the US Forest Service, the National Wildlife Federation and People for Puget Sound, this workshop is now part of the workshop repertoire for our one week residency week program as well as the Performing Arts Workshop Medley. For booking information contact the Tour Marketing Department.

Missoula, MT — Hundreds of teens and their families are in Missoula this week for the MCT Performing Arts Camp performances of “Monster Musical—A Medley of Mayhem, Giggles, and Ghouls.”

Each year the MCT International Tour staff members nominate kids around the world for the MCT Performing Arts Camp program. Hundreds of kids audition for this camp, and approximately 200 kids selected to attend each year. Rehearsals are held at Flathead Lake and the campers return to Missoula at the end of their second week for their final performances.

“Monster Musical—A Medley of Mayhem, Giggles, and Ghouls” performances will be at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, August 20 at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.; and August 21 at 1:00, 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. For tickets call (406) 728-PLAY or visit www.mctinc.org.

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

Nyna VanHarn has known for years that she wants to pursue her passion for theater. But growing up in the small town of Palouse, a community of less than 2,000 people in far southeastern Washington, the 16-year-old found scant opportunity to carry out her dream . . .

Read the entire Missoulian article by Joe Nickell.

MISSOULA, MT — MCT Community Theatre (MCT) announces their new season, including: The Producers; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; The Mikado; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and a season finale they affectionately titled East Broadway Rocks!

MCT is coming out of the box with its upcoming season. The tradition of 4 musicals and 1 straight show is still intact, but the shows themselves have been carefully chosen to indicate the diversity and maturity of MCT, its talent-base and, of course, its audience. MCT CEO Jim Caron, who will retire at the end of the season, explains, “We’re doing some different things, and hope you’ll approve. We’ve invited 3 guest directors to join Michael McGill and me as we stage our new season.”

From the eccentricities of backstage Broadway to the tragedies and triumphs of institutional life, MCT continues to strive for professional quality and subject matters to interest all facets of the community. The last show—East Broadway Rocks!—will be a Broadway revue, showcasing the phenomenal talent of Missoula teens. MCT celebrates their 40th anniversary this year and Caron says, “I can’t think of a better show to celebrate the culmination of 40 years working with kids.”

Season Series subscriptions ($46 to $90) and VIP subscriptions ($500 including catered receptions before each show) are available by phone at (406) 728-7529 or in person at 200 North Adams Street Monday through Friday from 9 pm to 5 pm. All performances are held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.

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Media contact: Amy Farrington, (406) 728-1911

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

MCT workshop encourages kids to play and explore outside.
Where is the Great Outdoors is a new assembly offered through a collaborative partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, the Missoula Children’s Theatre International Tour and the National Wildlife Federation. To book this assembly, call (406) 728-1911 or email tour@mctinc.org.

A PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer video segment about the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

International travel is nothing new for the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Teams of adult professionals from the 35-year-old company make overseas forays every year, visiting U.S. military bases and international schools, where they help students put together full-fledged theatrical productions . . .

Read the full Missoulian article by Joe Nickell.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre received the Montana Governor’s Excellence in Export Award in 2007. Read the full article on Montana’s state website.

Dwayne Ellis doesn’t remember when he first started buying season tickets to MCT Community Theatre, but longtime members of the Missoula theater scene say the janitor and ambassador for Opportunity Resources Inc. has been sitting in the third row center seat for nearly 20 years . . .

Read the full Missoulian article by Betsy Cohen