Sisters Folk Festival announces the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre

With a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation’s Studio to School initiative, Sisters Folk Festival announces the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) residency for kids K-8 in the Sisters School District February 19-23. This year’s production is “The Snow Queen,” inspired by the book by Hans Christian Andersen, script, music and lyrics by Michael McGill.

MCT is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, and it has been traveling extensively for nearly 50 years from Montana to Japan. MCT will visit nearly 1,100 communities this year with up to 44 teams of tour actor/directors.

A tour team arrives in a given town in their “little red truck” loaded with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up. They’ve got everything it takes to put on a play… except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts 50-60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and a public performance is presented at the end of the week.

All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales… they’re a twist on the classic stories. 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 kids learn 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 brings the excitement of the professional theatre to communities all over the world. Their little red trucks pull into town with two dynamic actor/directors and put on a professional show within one week. With no official drama program in the Sisters Schools, SFF believes this residency provides opportunities for young people to experience the thrill of being on stage, and all of the benefits of participating in the performing arts. The weeklong rehearsals, the show, the teamwork and exhilaration of live theatre provide up to 60 kids an experience to share a unique artistic offering, complimenting all the great arts programming offered by SFF in partnership with Sisters Schools,” says Brad Tisdel, SFF’s creative director.

Although set in a “land of colored ice,” this classic tale will warm your heart in its illustrative retelling by a group of fun-loving, imaginative hobgoblins. As they depict the journey of a young girl and her quest to find her best friend, you may just find yourself believing in malevolent mirrors, yetis, talking reindeer, and snow chickens! Blizzards can come at any moment, so strap on some snowshoes and get ready to discover what it takes to overcome chilling obstacles, keep resilience alive, and melt down the Snow Queen’s icy walls.

The production of The Snow Queen is scheduled for Saturday, February 23 at 6:30pm in the Sisters High School auditorium. A $5 per person or $10 per family donation at the door is suggested.

For more information, call Kelley Moen 541-549-4979, ext. 6 or email [email protected]