JOSEPH – Missoula Chilren’s Theatre, which brought theater into the lives of Wallowa County children in 1984, will be back for the 30th consecutive year next week.

An audition will be held for the MCT production of “The Secret Garden” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Joseph Charter School cafeteria.

Those auditioning should arrive at 4:15 p.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.

Among the roles to be cast are Mary Lennox, Martha Sowerby, Dickon Sowerby, Susan Sowerby, Colin Craven, Archibald Craven, Ayah/Bilge Rat/Captain, Mrs. Medlock, Doctor Craven, Ben Weatherstaff, Robin Redbreast, the Bugs that Rock, the Canadian Geese, the Moor Folk, the Fireflies and the Secret Garden. Approximately 60 roles are available for local students.

All Wallowa County students, kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant directors will also be cast to assist with the technical aspects of the production.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. MCT tour actor/directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 4:15 to 8:30 p.m. each day.

“The Secret Garden” will be presented twice, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13, OK Theatre in Enterprise.

This year’s production will mark the 30th consecutive year of the Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Wallowa County.

Local coordinators Terra Snyder and Erin Baynes said they’d like to send out special thanks to the Wallowa Valley Arts Council, Wallowa County schools, KWVR, Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa Valley Online, and Bill and Melisa Bush of the OK Theatre for “helping to keep this amazing tradition running strong.”

For more information, call Snyder, 541-398-2191, or Baynes, 541-398-1577.

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