All the West's Stage

By Patteron, Caroline | Sunset, January 2002 | Go to article overview

All the West's Stage


Patteron, Caroline, Sunset


And all the kids are players at these theaters

Take a roomful of children, 5 to 17 years old. Add a play adapted especially for their age range. And then let the work begin: teaching them lines, songs, stage movement, and how to build sets and use props. In a month, you have a show by and for kids. Encouraging such complete participation has proved a successful formula for theaters across the Rocky Mountains that specialize in educating children in the art of stagecraft. Here is a sampling of children's theaters that have long enjoyed rave reviews.

MONTANA. One of the longest running, the Missoula Children's Theatre is in its 31st year. The $3.6 million enterprise, housed downtown in an extensively remodeled 1935 brick schoolhouse, centers on a Missoula-based touring company that involves as many as 55,000 children in the United States and Canada, plus nearly 20 countries in Europe and Asia. The company stages original musical adaptations of classic and contemporary tales. …

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