Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT)
2021-2022 MCT Co-Chairs: May Yee and Grace He
We have the amazing opportunity to bring back Missoula Children's Theatre this year with the unique adaptation of the children's classic, Hansel and Gretel. Our student actors and actresses will be cast and prepare an entire theater production - all in one week from March 28 to April 2 - with the help of two touring directors from MCT.
For Grades K-5.
Times are tough for modern-day Hank and Gretchen, ‘til they find themselves deep in the wondrous Wildwood world of Hansel and Gretel. The Missoula Children's Theatre proudly presents an original musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm age-old tale of a journey, a secret and a grand adventure. There’s music and laughter and thrills and chills. So join the fun as Hansel and Gretel’s dream is mysteriously blended with real life, and the lessons of one apply to the other.
Among the roles to be cast are those intrepid adventurers - Hansel and Gretel, their Granny, the Wildwood Witch and her loyal servants the crafty cooks, modern day campers – somehow lost in time in the wood, lots of Rascals - denizens of the deep and a flock of cuddly Wallybirds. Students, K-5, are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.
Registration Opens: Sunday, March 6, 2022
Registration Closes: Monday, March 21, 2022
How to Register: Please register your children here:
The registration link above will work for Medina PTA members only. To purchase membership and gain access to the form, please visit your PTA account.
IMPORTANT: To register, you must agree to all MCT policies on the registration form by initialing next to each policy and e-sign the COVID waiver. Read the policies and COVID waiver now.
Who: All Medina Elementary-enrolled students whose parents are Medina PTA members are welcome to participate (K-5). This year, we are opening MCT for kindergarten students, if they can attend all rehearsals, without disruption or need additional assistance from volunteers.
Where: Medina Elementary School
Dates: Monday, March 28, 2022 through Saturday, April 2, 2022
When: Weekdays after school until 7pm. All day/evening on Saturday. See Schedule of Events below. Participants must commit to all times that they are scheduled - exact times announced after roles are cast.
Fees include: Missoula Children's Theatre residency fee, touring director's housing, A/V, piano accompaniment, room reservations, online recording of the performance, and general operating expenses.
Safety Guidelines: We will follow all BSD safety protocols. We will update all registered families once we have more information. All MCT directors are fully vaccinated.
Monday: Auditions for kindergarten through 5th grade.
Please bring snacks. All children will need to stay for the duration of the audition time. Once your child is cast, you will receive a detailed schedule of rehearsals based on your child's role.
Please commit to the following rehearsal times. Actual rehearsal times will depend on your child's role.
Monday: Some roles may begin rehearsal directly following auditions until 7pm.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:45PM to 7pm.
Wednesday: 12:45pm to 4:45pm.
Saturday: 3:00pm and 5:30pm. Cast arrives at 2pm.
2/27/22 UPDATE: Thank you Medina community for responding so quickly to the MCT survey! We are excited to announce that we have the supportive numbers and volunteers in order to hold MCT this year.
Due to COVID uncertainty, we need to determine if we have enough student interest and parent volunteers to successfully run this production. Before you fill out the survey, please keep in mind:
- Participating students must commit the entire week of March 28 to April 2 to the production. This includes after school on March 28 to April 1 until 7pm and all day on Saturday, April 2. We are putting together an entire production in one week - every minute counts!
- The cost range is $120-$200 per student depending on participation numbers. Costs go to Missoula Children's Theatre, A/V, piano accompaniment, and more.
- We need sufficient parent volunteers to support the MCT directors and help maintain social distancing. Even if we have lots of student interest, we will not be able to run the program without enough parental help. Please consider volunteering!
- MCT is typically open to grades 1-5. You may complete the survey if you have a kindergartener, but we may ultimately not be able to accommodate them. Thank you for understanding!
- Due to safety guidelines, parents (except for parent volunteers) may not stay to observe any auditions or rehearsals.
- PTA membership is required for your child to participate in MCT or to be a parent volunteer. Parent volunteers must also provide proof of full COVID vaccination and have a BSD background check.
ELIGIBILITY: Our afterschool clubs (including Missoula Children's Theatre) are ONLY for CURRENT-ENROLLED Medina Elementary students with ACTIVE Medina PTA membership. You must be enrolled with Medina Elementary school at the time of attending the club and have a valid Medina PTA family or individual membership for the 2021-2022 school year. You agree that if your kid is not currently enrolled with Medina Elementary school OR you do not purchase PTA membership by March 25th, your child will be withdrawn from Missoula Children's Theatre immediately with no refund.
REFUND: There are no refunds once payment is received.
BEHAVIOR: Parents and students are expected to behave respectfully to each other, the Missoula Children's Theatre parent volunteers, the Missoula Children's Theatre touring directors, and anyone involved in the theater production or associated with Medina PTA. If we feel you or your student’s behavior is disruptive, or you or your student are consistently disrespectful, we reserve the right to withdraw your student (after sufficient warnings) with no refunds.
COMMITMENT: You agree to commit to the audition, rehearsal, and performance schedule you are given. Your child may be scheduled anytime after school from Monday, 3/28 to Friday, 4/1 until 7pm and all day/evening on Saturday, 4/2. You will receive your schedule on Monday, 3/28 after your child is cast into a role.
PUNCTUAL PICK UP: You agree to pick up your child promptly according to the audition/rehearsal/performance schedule you are given. If you wish to permit your child to sign him/herself out from MCT and walk/bike home, you must complete the Medina Elementary MCT Permission Slip to Walk/Bike Home found on our website, medinapta.org, and return it to our MCT Co-Chairs.
SAFETY: Missoula Children's Theatre will follow all health guidelines determined by Bellevue School District and Medina Elementary. We will email parents before the first day of MCT to ensure everyone is aware of the most current safety guidelines. All students are expected to follow the emailed safety guidelines, which may include masking and social distancing guidelines (among others).
If you or your child do not follow safety protocols, we reserve the right to withdraw your child (with sufficient warnings) with no refunds.
ABSENCES: You understand that you cannot have any planned absences or tardies. However, if an illness or other emergency prevents your child from attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Due to the short nature of the program, you understand that any unexcused absences may result in removal of your child from the program with no refund.
RECORDING: You understand that the two Saturday performances will be recorded, and you consent to your children being recorded. You also consent for the recordings to be shared with family and friends of MCT participants for viewing.
COVID-19 AND ACCIDENT RELEASE: I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19, for myself and/or my above-named children in order to participate in the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) program. These services are of such value to me and/or to my children, that I accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 in order to participate in the program.I hereby forever release and waive my right to bring suit against Medina PTA and all Medina PTA officers, committee chairs, and volunteers in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to the MCT program.
I hereby assume all of the risks of participating in any/all activities associated with the MCT program. I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claim I may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for nearly 50 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,100 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors.
A tour team arrives in Medina with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play…except the cast. That's where our talented, young students come in.
All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales . . . a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. Past MCT productions at Medina include: Peter and Wendy (2019) and Secret Garden (2018).
Learn more about MCT at their website.
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