Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Red Riding Hood” for Local Kindergarten-High School Students

Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Red Riding Hood” will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 3 to 5 pm at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.

Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit educational theater troupe that has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s October arts festival.

I participated in numerous Missoula plays when I was young – I looked forward to it every year. It is really quite unique. Professional actors come in on a Monday for auditions and practice begins that day! Local children fill the cast and work with professionals, learning the ins and outs of live theater production. The show requires long hours for the week, but what the children get out of it is worth that and more!

Auditions are open to children and teens in kindergarten through high school.

Executive Director of Columbia Theatre Roy Blackwood explains: “Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with a Missoula tour actor/director. Missoula will cast the young actors on Monday and get started right away teaching them lines, staging, songs and movement. By Saturday, the children will be ready to perform, complete with professionally designed costumes and scenery.”

Students must arrive by 3 pm and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 7:30 pm.

“Since it is a group audition, no advance preparation is necessary – but a smile never hurts,” said Blackwood. “Students should just be ready to come and have a good time.”

Rehearsals will be conducted Monday through Friday from 3-7:30 pm and Saturday at noon at the Columbia Theatre (220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond).

“Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and, if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role,” said Blackwood. “A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition.”

“Red Riding Hood” will be performed at the Columbia Theatre as part of the Pajamas and Play series in two performances on Saturday, April 16, at 2 and 5:30 p.m. All cast members must be available for all scheduled performances and rehearsals.

Tickets for the public performances are $15 for adults and $10 for children. They are available online at or at the box office, (985) 549-4371.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana. This season, more than 65,000 young people across the globe will take to part in Missoula productions.

For additional information, contact the Columbia Theatre at (985) 543-4366 or visit


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