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“The Secret Garden”, is an original Missoula Children’s Theatre rendition and a joyful retelling of a story of hope and celebration.  This production features Mistress Mary Quite Contrary embarking on a journey from India to her uncle’s home in England.  Along the way she makes friends with the hilarious Canadian Geese and the colorful Giant Bugs that Rock! In time she learns to appreciate everything around her, including the Moor Animals and the helpful Fireflies.


Auditions for the production of “The Secret Garden” will be held for local children entering 1st through 12th grade.



Auditions: Monday, June 26, 10-12, plan to stay the full two hours

Ages: rising 1st through 12 grade students

Roles: up to 60, including assistant directors

Rehearsals: Monday-Friday, June 28-July 1, 10:00 am-2:15 pm, depending on role

Performances: Saturday, July 1, 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm

Admission: $12, festival seating


All students entering 1st grade through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary.  Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.  Those auditioning should arrive at 9:45am, June 26th and plan to stay for the full two hours. Rehearsals are Tuesday through Friday, June 27-July 1, from 10 am to 2:15 pm (additional Friday and Saturday rehearsal times to be announced). Most students rehearse approximately 2 hours per day, with some rehearsing up to 4 hours per day.  Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.


The Missoula Children's Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week each day.


We are pleased to offer this year’s show tuition for FREE thanks to a grant from our benefactors! 


Monday through Friday, June 26-July 1, from 10 am to 2:15 pm. Additional Saturday rehearsal times to be announced. Cast members may need to bring water and a small snack.



Saturday, July 1, 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. @The Little Theatre of Walla Walla



Ticket prices for performances is $12 for all ages, festival seating.

Cash or Check only. *Babies in arms are free.


The ages for participation are for children entering 1st-12th grades. Workshops will be available for children as noted, whether or not they have been cast in the production. 


Tuesday, June 27, 2:30-3:15 PM

The basic tools of an actor’s trade - observation, memorization, concentration, and imagination -are presented and explored in an entertaining manner.  The students participate in a variety of fun exercises, learning to apply the actor’s tools to both performing and everyday life.


**Non-Verbal Storytelling

Wednesday, June 28, 2:30-3:15 PM, provided for the Disability Network:

Did you know that 55% of communication is non-verbal? Being able to tell a story without speaking is a key tool on the stage, in class, at the grocery store — everywhere! See how isolations, illusions, key gestures, and body language are used to tell a story.


Thursday, June 29, 2:30-3:15 PM

Participation and teamwork are emphasized as the students learn to act without a script.

**If you are interested and have eligible children for the "Non-Verbal Storytelling" workshop, please contact Walla Walla Valley Disability Network.


For more information, call Kate at 509.301.8000.

About the Missoula Children’s Theatre

Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 30 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit more than 1000 communities this year with 35 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts approximately 60 local students to perform in the production.


The show is rehearsed throughout the week and public performances are presented at the end of the week. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairy tales . . . a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. Also included in the residency are three enrichment workshops presented by the Tour Actor/Directors. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through the participation in this unique, educational project. MCT's mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.


Missoula Children's Theatre is based in Missoula, Montana, and also runs many local programs. These include musical theatre Day Camps and Performing Arts Classes for local children, a summer residency Performing Arts Camp for students from around the world and MCT Community Theatre which creates an arena for local talent of all ages to participate in large-scale productions and attracts audiences from throughout western Montana.


For more information regarding Missoula Children’s Theatre:

Missoula Children’s Theatre
200 North Adams
Missoula, MT 59802
406.728.1911 ·

For more information, call Kate at 509.301.8000.


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