Missoula to bring theater to post youngsters again

The arrival of the Missoula Children's Theatre at Fort Gordon is becoming a spring tradition.

For the sixth consecutive year, the organization will be making a stop at the Army installation next month.

"I consider this to be one of the most wonderful things we do for the children in the community," said Steve Walpert, the Fort Gordon's entertainment director, who first brought the group to the post.

The Missoula Children's Theatre takes a unique approach to drama for children. In a span of six days, two staffers from the theater company in Montana take a group of about 55 children between the ages of about 6 and 18 from audition to production.

This year, the group will be bringing the tale of Robinson Crusoe to life in that brief period of time.

"For a lot of children, this is their first experience in theater," said Mr. Walpert.

Auditions will be from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Youth Services Gym, Building 45410, 46th Street. Directional signs will be posted. Rehearsals will begin immediately after the auditions. The performance will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Alexander Hall.

Tickets to the performance will cost $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, and $5 for children under 12.

Mr. Walpert said not all of the children who audition will make the show. While no experience or advance preparation is needed, Mr. Walpert did offer some tips. He said to be prompt for the audition, pay attention to the directors, be well-behaved and speak up when directed to talk.

For more information about the auditions, call (706) 791-4389.

Reach Charmain Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com


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