The Princess Theatre has been overrun this week with children as the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) has conducted its annual weeklong workshop.
Presenters Lindsey Adams and Marie Phillips have been working with 42 local children on acting, theatre make-up and improvisation and the week, culminating with two public performances of “Robin Hood” on Saturday.
The student cast included Robin Hood, Jacob Emfinger; Maid, Tristan Newman; Marion, Katy Smith; Sheriff, David Gunter; Prince John, Troy Middleton;
Guards: Maddex Schulte, Serenyti Scott, Eli Rogers, Alli Shivers; Horsemen: Christopher Pruitt, Surena Eley, Emelia Finley, Lydia Rogers;
Skunks: Carter Robertson, Deacon Ridgway, Dakota Moore, Frantasia Smith, Antonio Smith, Chayton Eley, Eliana Davis, Malaya Eley, Mia Blackwell, Melvin Spears;
Foresters: Gracie Gill, Aleah Newman, Kainley James, Belana Davis, Ryder Pisarich, Jordan Walker, Hayden Lee, Mallory Williams.
Merry Band: Samantha Boone, Emily Harper, Ariah Davis, Landry Smith, Audrey Finley, Natalyn Williams;
Aristocrats: Julianna Lee, Baya Ready, Sarah Grace Amos, Asher Blackwell.
Princess Theatre Foundation has hosted the children’s workshop for the past six years, with funding provided through a grant from the Scott Foundation.
“As always, we’re just amazed at what our kids can accomplish in such a short time,” Princess Board member Daphanie Dailey said. “There’s a lot of talent – and energy – on the Princess stage this week!”
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. The Missoula Children's Theatre is based in Missoula, Montana, and 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.