When I began working at the Hawkinsville Opera House I knew that Missoula Children’s Theatre had been an engaging part of our community for many years. I hate to admit that I had never participated in or attended one until this year.
Missoula Children’s Theatre is a 501-C3 that sends traveling directors and actors to teach acting workshops and put on plays for communities across the globe. Each community hosts two staff. They instruct fifty to sixty children from first grade through twelfth. There are many different plays available. This year we had Sleeping Beauty.
The kids audition Monday morning and learn the entire script, including song and choreography in just five short days. Our performances are typically Saturday matinees.
I was so impressed with both the Missoula staff and the children. You could tell they all loved what they were doing. Taylor Ann and Jas were both disciplined and encouraging. They kept the entire cast focused, excited, and respectful. I’ve never seen so many kids behave so well all at once. The kids broke off into groups and sang their lines as they came in, ate lunch, and left each day. I’ve even found myself singing along from my office.
The dedication truly paid off Saturday. I heard from many that this was the best performance we’ve had! I’m honored to have played a small role in bringing them to the community.
Be A Part
If you have children entering first through twelfth grade, be sure to send them our way for next year’s performance. They’ll come out having had a wonderful time, new friends, and catchy tunes stuck in their heads! Even if you don’t have kids, be sure to catch the next show. The Pulaski Players plan to bring another show to you before then as well! And that’s for kids and adults!
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Have you ever been to a performance at the Hawkinsville Opera House? Ever participated in Missoula or another play? What’s your favorite part of live theater?