Young actors run through final rehearsals of Jack and the Beanstalk presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre as they prepare for weekend performances at the Roswell Community Theatre, Friday. The performances are a culmination of a week long camp. (Mark Wilson Photo)
The Missoula Children’s Theatre and some 24 local children performed a creative version of the classic “Jack and the Beanstalk” Friday and Saturday at the Roswell Community Little Theater.
The children learned their lines and songs in less than a week after a few touring actors with the Montana-based company held tryouts Monday.
“It went really well this week.” said Nick Wineman, with the Missoula Children’s Theater. “It’s pretty exhilarating. There are always points when you’re wondering if it’s all going to come together. The kids were fantastic. It was a whole lot of fun.”
The Roswell theater hosted several parents and community members for the uplifting show as the children sang, danced and performed. The theater also served punch and cake after the final show.
Children in grades kindergarten through high school were able to audition Monday and all were cast, Wineman said.
One parent, Leandro Gutierrez, said his daughter played a “wonderbean.”
“I think it’s great they can take the children and in a week put on a play,” Gutierrez said. “It’s impressive.”
Brooke Flowers played a merchant in the play.
“I loved it,” Flowers said. “It was awesome. I was so happy I got a bigger part.”
Her mother, Jeni, said they had participated in the program the last five years.
“It just gives kids great confidence and being able to perform,” Jeni Flowers said. “It’s super fun and they do a good job at making an alternative to a classic story.”
Monet Hunt, who played two parts, said she enjoyed participating with her brother.
“Me and the character have lots in common,” Hunt said. “It’s a really good challenge and I love challenges.”
The Missoula Children’s Theatre casts some 65,000 children in plays throughout the year, according to the company.