The kids are rehearsed, dressed and know their lines. Now all they need is an audience.
On Saturday, Kay Bingham’s gymnasium will be transformed into the set of The Secret Garden as elementary and middle school students take to the stage.
The performances are a culmination of a week working with Missoula Children’s Theatre.
The Missoula Children's Theatre has been touring extensively for 40 years from Montana to Japan and visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 47 teams of tour actor/directors.
The mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play except the cast.
All shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales — a twist on the classic stories that you know and love.
The Secret Garden is about the healing power inherent in living things.
The story involves a British girl who is adopted by her uncle when her parents die. Once at his English estate, she discovers a secret garden and her cousin Colin, an infirm little boy whose mother has died.
Through visits to the garden, she and Colin both heal from their losses. He also regains his ability to walk just as his father comes out of prolonged mourning over his wife.
The students perform two matinees on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 and available at the door.