Theater-loving youngsters can get their fill this week during a traveling camp.

Missoula Children’s Theatre will be at the Artcraft Theatre this week.

Dave Windisch, public relations director for the Artcraft, tells you what you need to know.

When are auditions?

Auditions take place at 10 a.m. today at the Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin.

Who can come to auditions?

Auditions are open to anyone entering first through 12th grade. No stage experience is necessary.

What is Missoula Theatre Company?

The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of tour actor/directors.

A tour team arrives in town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play, except the cast. The team conducts an open audition and casts 50 to 60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented on Saturday.

What should students expect at auditions?

Auditions are done in a group format. No advance preparation or experience are necessary, but a smile and good attitude go a long way.

Is there a participation fee? If so, how much?

If a student is selected, the fee for the weeklong workshop is $50. A limited number of scholarships are available.

How many roles are there?

Approximately 50 to 60 students will be cast to appear in the show with the Missoula Children’s Theatre actors and directors. In addition, four students will be selected as assistant directors and will aid in rehearsals throughout the week and take on essential backstage responsibilities.

What show will be presented?


When is the show?

Two shows will be performed, at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Artcraft Theatre.

What are ticket prices?

$7 for adults, $6 for those 55 and over, military and college students, $5 for those 12 and under

Why does the Artcraft bring in the company?

Missoula Children’s Theatre is brought to Franklin to give students another chance to perform on stage. It’s also a great opportunity for those interested in learning about stage productions a great introduction to live performance. Not only do experienced actors get a chance to sharpen their skills, it gives new actors a chance to learn what to expect. It’s also a great way for kids who may not be overly outgoing a chance to come out of their shell, meet new friends, make great memories and have a great time.