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Missoula Returns to BCS

Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, comes back to Belgrade Central School this week.

This year we will journey with fun-loving Hobgoblins to the “land of colored ice” as they tell the tale of a young girl and her quest to find her best friend. You may find yourself believing in malevolent mirrors, yetis, talking reindeer, and snow chickens when the Missoula Children’s Theatre and students from Belgrade Central School perform an original musical adaptation of The Snow Queen. The students are very excited and have been working on hallway decorations to coordinate with the play under the guiding of BCS Art teacher, Ms. Wren.

The tour team will hold auditions for those who are interested in acting and 55 students will be cast to perform in the show. With this Monday’s snow day, the group will have just four days to rehearse and bring it all together. For students who are not as comfortable in the limelight, there are opportunities to assist backstage in a variety of ways.

The team will roll in with all the trappings to put on a show including the set, costumes, lights, props, and make-up, but what they bring to the students goes far beyond that. Participating in a production such as this helps foster creativity, self-esteem, communication, and social skills.
Funding for the Missoula Children’s Theatre is made possible by a group of parents and teachers, called the Belgrade Central School Theater Committee. The committee raises money through donations. This year we would like to thank the Don C. Stevens’ Fund, Belgrade Central School Parent Teacher Organization, Gagne & Son, Lakepoint Real Estate, and Precision Concrete Floors. LakeHome Group is helping to provide housing for our Tour Actors. Proceeds for the show are also generated by ticket sales for a Prize Calendar. Prizes on the calendar include various gift cards and gift baskets donated from local businesses.

The Snow Queen will be presented at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Belgrade Central School on Saturday, March 9th. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Come join us for the adventure!

written by Laura Dunbar

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