A tour team arrives in your community bringing the same Missoula Children’s Theatre productions that audiences know and love (including scripts, costumes, sets, etc.) but they audition and create casts that range in age from 5 to 105. School-age children collaborate with senior citizens and the MCT mission of developing life skills flourishes for all those who participate (including the tour team!).
Intergenerational Weeks are integrated into existing MCT tours so weeks are available all year round all over the world.
As with our children’s programming, the team will arrive in your community and create a 50-60 person cast (including ages 5-105+). The show, which is an MCT original adaptation of a classic children’s story or fairytale, is then rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented at the end of the week.
With the inclusion of performers young and old, comes a wide variety of new benefits! The interactions that take place between the children and senior cast members involved create positive relationships for all and often last beyond the week itself. We’ve had former professional actors take to the stage after a 40-year hiatus, as well as grandparents that are able to perform alongside their grandchildren. It’s truly inspiring for all who participate and for the audience members.
As with all of our programming, rehearsals and performances are “open” so non-participants are welcome to watch the process. Senior Residence Facilities especially like this opportunity so that residents who are not onstage can still witness the fun!
Here are some examples of Intergenerational Week accommodations and adjustments teams have made to create success for all involved:
Anyone! Here are some examples of Intergenerational Presenting Organizations: