Performing Arts Classes FAQ

What will my child do at Performing Arts Classes?

Performing Arts Classes are a rehearsal process that culminates in weekend performances of an original Missoula Children’s Theatre musical. Your child will participate in a group audition, be cast in a role, rehearse, and perform in the show. The audition and casting take place the first week of class.
Some children will receive roles that require memorization outside of time spent at MCT; these children will receive a script that may need to be returned to MCT. Lines should be memorized as soon as possible!

Can you tell me a little more about the classes?

We offer three different Performing Arts Classes for various age groups. These skill-building classes are held from 4:00-6:00 PM and culminate in weekend performances.* Please click here for specific class titles and dates.
*On the Friday before  performance day, there is a dress rehearsal from 4:00-6:30 PM.

How do I register my child for classes?

Registration forms are available on our website .
In order for us to prepare appropriately for class, we appreciate receiving the registration forms the week before the classes start (by Friday), but you may still register your child the day the classes begin.

After I submit the registration form to MCT, will I receive a confirmation that my child is enrolled?

Yes, after completing the online registration form you will receive a follow-up email to complete payment online. We do cap the number of children involved in our Performing Arts Classes on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is a “World Premiere”?

Some of our Performing Arts Class shows are World Premieres. A World Premiere means that show has never been rehearsed or performed before. All of MCT’s touring shows originate in the Performing Arts Classes. The members of the class will be the first people in the world to rehearse and perform in the show!

How old should my child be to participate in the Performing Arts Classes?

Performing Arts Classes are open to children currently in K-12. We have found that young children are more successful in our projects if they have attended or are currently attending kindergarten.

What should my child wear to class?

MCT Classes are quite active, and we want your child to be as comfortable as possible. Unless your child has a role that requires them to be barefoot, class members must wear shoes at MCT. Your child should wear closed-toe, soft-soled shoes that are comfortable to move around in—such as tennis shoes. No sandals, please! In colder or snowy weather, when children may be wearing snow boots, please send along a pair of shoes for your child to wear in the building. For rehearsal clothes: in warmer weather, shorts and T-shirts are great; in colder weather, jeans or other comfortable pants are ideal.

Should I send a snack?

We will not have a snack break during class, but your child is welcome to eat something before class begins. Students will not have access to a microwave oven OR to the candy vending machines.
On show day, we will take two meal breaks during the day. Please send a non-messy lunch, a healthy snack, and water. (Water is best because it’s the easiest to clean up!) Cast members will not be allowed to leave the theatre to get food unless prior arrangements have been made and they are under adult supervision.

When should I drop off my child?

We will begin class promptly at 4:00 PM. Please do not bring your child to MCT any earlier than 3:40 PM because there will not be supervision.

How should I drop off my child?

Safety is very important to us, and MCT’s parking lot can be quite busy. When using the lobby entrance, we ask that parents/guardians park their car and walk their child into the lobby. In an effort to alleviate some of the pre-class traffic, we encourage you to use either the Main Street double-door entrance or the Adams Street entrance. You may pull your car up to either of these entrances and drop off your child. All children will go directly to the Community Room on the 3rd floor to drop off their belongings and get their name tags.

When and how should I pick up my child?

MCT classes are finished at 6:00. While we make every effort to end on time, we apologize if we run over a bit! To facilitate the process of the children leaving rehearsal, the lobby is the best place to wait for your child.
The children will stay in the lobby until the adult they are expecting comes into the lobby to get them. Parents/guardians must sign their children out. Please understand this is a safety precaution to make sure everyone gets home safely. MCT staff will stay until every child has been picked up.

What if my child walks or rides a bicycle to MCT?

That’s great! Please make sure we are aware of this by calling us or sending a note with your child. Bike racks are located on Main Street, just outside the double-door entrance.

May I watch the classes?

You are welcome to watch the classes. However, please be aware that all spectators must be silent during rehearsal, and there may not always be spectator space available in the particular area in which we are rehearsing. Also, each child reacts differently to rehearsal. Some children are self-conscious around their parents, some are not. Some children would like to surprise their family at the performance. If you are unsure whether or not you should watch rehearsal, talk to your child or talk to us.

What if my child has to miss class?

To have effective rehearsals and great shows, class attendance is important. We really need to know if your child will miss rehearsal. If you know in advance that your child will need to miss class, please tell us as soon as possible. We will try to make every effort to accommodate you if possible. If your child is sick and unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible. Missing rehearsals may affect the role your child receives/performs.

What if my child has a disability or medical consideration?

MCT is proud of its inclusive casting policies; all children are welcome. If you feel your child’s situation is something we need to be aware of or special accommodations need to be made, please feel free to call us to discuss it. Please write down any medical considerations and attach to the registration form.

When will my child be performing in the show?

Unless there are special casting circumstances, the Mon./Wed. class will perform in the Saturday shows, and the Tues./Thurs. class will perform in the Sunday shows.
Show times are 3:00 and 5:00 PM. We will send home a letter that describes the performance day in detail.

Why do you need my phone number?

The guardian information on the registration form is there for us to be able to contact you in case of an emergency or any other situation in which we would need to talk to you. Please provide the contact information for guardians who are local.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes, there are a limited number of partial scholarships available. Application for a scholarship implies willingness of the responsible adult recipient to give volunteer hours to the Missoula Children’s Theatre by ushering for this production. Receipt of an application does not guarantee a scholarship.
You will be notified of your eligibility before class begins, as soon as all applications have been processed. Upon acceptance of a scholarship, you will be scheduled to complete your volunteer hours. (Please note: ushering may need to be scheduled on the day your child is not performing.) Failure to complete this trade obligation will disqualify the applicant for future scholarships.
To be considered, the scholarship application form must be returned no later than one week prior to the first day of day camp. Application forms are available at the Box Office.

Will my child receive a T-shirt?

The registration fee does not include a show T-shirt. However, they will be for sale at MCT gift shop prior to performances.

When will I see my child on show day? Can I go backstage?

We do not allow the cast members to go out in the lobby in costume, but family and friends may briefly visit their actor for the snack break in the green room between the 3:00 and 5:00 shows. However, the cast needs to begin focusing on the show 30 minutes before the 5:00 show begins.

Will there be a DVD of the show I can purchase?

MCT does not record the shows for purchase. However, you are welcome to record it from your seat. Please be sure your camera is hand-held and battery-operated.

May I take pictures during the show?

MCT does not allow pictures to be taken during the show. This policy is not only for the comfort of those around you (the flash/noise of a camera and the light from a cell phone can be very distracting), but especially for the safety of the young performers. There will be a photo session following the 5:00 performance; you may take as many photos as you like then. You do not need tickets to the 5:00 performance to attend the post-show photo session.

When can I get tickets to the show?

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online, by phone or in person. To receive your 2 complimentary tickets included with registration you must call or stop by the Box Office.
Box Office Information

Contact Us
Eric Prim, Local Children’s Projects Administrator
Phone (406) 728-1911, ext. 258