Production Classes are a rehearsal process that culminates in two Friday performances of an original Missoula Children’s Theatre musical or a Broadway musical written specifically for students. 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 Production Classes throughout the year for various age groups. These skill-building classes are held from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM and culminate in two Friday performances at 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM.* Please click here for specific class titles and dates . *The week prior to the Friday performances is production week. Students will be expected to rehearse Monday-Thursday from 4:00 PM -6:00 PM.
How do I register my child for classes?
Registration forms and class information can be found here.
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 Production Classes on a first-come, first-served basis.
What is a World Premiere?
Some of our Production Classes 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 Production 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 Production Classes?
Production 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 one meal break between shows. Please send a non-messy dinner 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.
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 3:45 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. Drop off for class is from 3:45PM – 4:00PM at the lobby doors on the east side of the building, just off the parking lot. For the first day of class, all students need to be accompanied to the drop off spot by a parent/guardian so we can confirm contact information. After the first class, your student can escort themselves to the door. For everyone’s safety, please do not stop in MCT’s curved driveway to pick up your child.
When and how should I pick up my child?
MCT classes are finished at 6:00 PM. While we make every effort to end on time, we apologize if we run over a bit! Parents/Guardians must park their vehicles and check in with the MCT staff member at the designated pick-up location to verbally “sign out” their student. For everyone’s safety, please do not stop in MCT’s curved driveway to pick up your child. The children will stay in the lobby until they visually see the adult they are expecting to pick them up. 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. All students must be picked up by 6:15PM to avoid the possibility of an additional charge for after-hours care.
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?
Production classes are currently closed to parents/guardians to reduce distractions and possible COVID-19 exposure to MCT staff and students.
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?
Show times are posted on our website. We will send home a letter that describes the production week and 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.
When will I see my child on show day? Can I go backstage?
Cast members may briefly visit with family and friends in the lobby between the first and second performances. However, all cast members must return to the green room one hour prior to the second performance in order to eat and focus for the final show.
Will there be a DVD of the show I can purchase?
MCT does not record the shows for purchase and, due to licensing rules, video of the performance can not be recorded on any personal devices.
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 final performance; you may take as many photos as you like then. You do not need tickets to the final performance to attend the post-show photo session.