Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre in Avon on Monday, June 12 |

Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre in Avon on Monday, June 12

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AVON — The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theater, is coming to Avon to stage an original, full-scale musical production with local cast members in grades kindergarten through 12. This weekend, a tour team arrived in Avon with a set, lights, costumes, props and makeup, everything it takes to put on a play — except the cast.

Auditions will begin Monday, June 12, to cast 50 to 60 local students to perform “The Tortoise Versus the Hare” at the Avon Performance Pavilion in Harry A. Nottingham Park. Among the roles to be cast are the wise Tortoise, Coach Shelley Bowlback, the conceited Curly Hare, Esther and her daughter Little Bonnie Bunny, the rascally Weasels, the singing service station Ferrets and the scaly Reptiles.

Other roles include the Thespian Troupe, Curly’s Posse, the TV Crew and the rowdy Curly Hare Fan Club. Assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

Rehearsals are scheduled throughout the week in two-hour intervals between10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., and performances are scheduled for Friday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 17, at 3 p.m. Participating children will also experience three enrichment workshops presented by the tour directors scheduled throughout the week.

All students must be registered to audition, and registration for this free program is available on a first-come, first-served basis through the Avon Recreation Center. Call the rec center at 970-748-4060 to learn more.

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