Missoula Children's Theatre
We're excited about bringing the Missoula Children's Theatre camps back to our area this coming summer!
Missoula Children’s Theatre camps are a week-long summer day camp experience run by professional actors for up to 60 children. Children audition on Monday morning, are assigned parts before lunch, and begin rehearsals by that same afternoon. After a week of rehearsals, they present a full children’s theater performance (usually a fairy tale with a twist!) complete with costumes, props, and sets by Saturday.
Our two camps this year will be:
July 9-14, Peter and Wendy at Mathews High School
July 16-21, Pied Piper at St. Clare Walker Middle School.
The summer day camps are open to children who have completed grades K-12 and who are committed to attending all week.
Our pre-registration event will be at the Chick-fil-A in Gloucester on Wednesday, March 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. We'll be there with registration forms, financial aid request forms, and information sheets. Payment for the camp is due at the time of registration in the form of cash or check made out to Court House Players: $85 for one student, $75 for any additional siblings. A few partial scholarships are available for eligible families.
If you can't make it to our pre-registration event, regular registration will open on March 8th. The form will be available on this website that day. All registration is first-come, first-served, so please be sure to register quickly.
The workshop will begin each morning promptly at 9:30 a.m. Please be there between 9:00 and 9:30 for check-in. Children, who are ages 5 to 7, will need to be picked up at 12 noon. In order to participate in the full-day camp, children must be 8 years old by the Monday that camp begins. All students should bring a packed lunch each day to camp (no nuts please!).
Children who are 8 or older will stay until 2:00 p.m. daily. Additional mini workshops will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; they will last until 3:00 p.m. You can sign up for those extra workshops on Monday morning when you check in for the first day of camp.
Saturday’s arrival time will be announced later in the week, but will allow time for costumes and makeup, followed by performances at 3 and 7 p.m. Performances are open to the public. Tickets will be : $5 for children ages 4 to 18 (3 and under free) and $7 for adults. Tickets will be sold at the door for cash or check only.
***Click HERE to print the registration form for Missoula 2018***
The Wizard of Oz
Friday, April 20 at 7 pm;
Saturday, April 21 at 3 and 7 pm
Sunday, April 22 at 3 pm
Location: Lighthouse in Gloucester
Dorothy Gale, a young girl living on a Kansas farm with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, dreams of escaping her mundane life (“Over The Rainbow“). The family’s mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to impound Dorothy’s cherished dog, Toto, so Dorothy and Toto run away. They meet up with kindly Professor Marvel, who subtly convinces Dorothy to return home. Suddenly a cyclone hits, and Dorothy and Toto, seeking shelter in the house, are transported to the Land of Oz.
In Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Apparently, Dorothy’s house has landed upon – and fatally stricken – the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins, now freed from the Wicked Witch of the East, celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine (“Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead/Munchkin Musical Sequence”). The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly appears, seeking vengeance. Unable to reclaim her sister’s shoes, which are now on Dorothy’s feet, the Witch vows to return and quickly vanishes. Dorothy, seeking a way back home to Kansas, sets off to see the Wizard of Oz (“Follow the Yellow Brick Road”).
Along the way, Dorothy meets three new friends, each of whom lacks a crucial characteristic: The Scarecrow (“If I Only Had A Brain”) The Tinman (“If I Only Had A Heart”) and the Lion (“If I Only Had The Nerve”). Together, the four new companions make their way towards Oz (“We’re Off To See The Wizard”). The Witch attempts to sedate the travelers with a poisonous field of poppies, but Glinda reverses the spell with healing snowflakes (“Poppies/Optimistic Voices”).
The travelers, arriving at the Emerald City, are delayed by a stubborn Gatekeeper, but Dorothy’s tears convince him to relent and let them in (“Merry Old Land Of Oz”). As the group awaits its audience with the Wizard, the Lion boasts he is “King Of The Forest.” Finally, they meet the imposing and irritable Wizard, who demands the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West.
The four friends travel deep into the haunted forest. Suddenly, they encounter jitterbugs, who make them dance until they collapse from exhaustion (“Jitterbug”). The Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys swoop down, capturing Dorothy and Toto. At the castle, the Witch vows to take Dorothy’s life. Meanwhile, the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tinman infiltrate the castle disguised as Winkie guards. The foursome and Toto are reunited, but the Wicked Witch interferes, threatening the Scarecrow with fire. Dorothy, dousing the flames with a bucket of water, accidentally strikes the Witch, who smoulders and melts into nothing (“Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead – Reprise”). The four friends, triumphant, take the Witch’s broom back to the Wizard. The Wizard remains imperious and imposing, but Toto pulls aside a curtain to reveal a meek and ordinary man speaking into a microphone. The Wizard, revealed to be a “humbug,” nonetheless grants each traveler’s request, giving the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion each a token of his newly-acquired ability. The Wizard offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but the balloon accidentally takes off, and Dorothy is left alone and crestfallen. Glinda appears and explains that Dorothy has always had the power to return home. All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times, and repeat to herself, “There’s no place like home.”