2013-05-02 / Top News

Linton Public School will participate in Missoula Children’s Theatre next spring

Linton Public School will participate in the Missoula Children’s Theatre during the 2013-14 school term. The Linton School Board approved the school to seek a grant in order to participate in the program during its regular meeting on April 22. The idea was brought before the board by Linton Elementary Music Instructor Mrs. Denise Pfeifer.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a group from Missoula, Mont. that travels to schools around the world. Their professional team of two actors/directors arrives in the community with a set, lights, costumes, props, make-up and other items needed for the production. This is a week-long residency, beginning with open auditions for K-12 students.

After a week of rehearsals, there will be two performances at the end of the tour. The directors will teach the students everything they need to know about acting and production, including choreography, and the actors will also conduct three presentations for the entire student body, which are designed to build character and confidence. All plays are original adaptations of children’s stories and fairy tales with a creative, yet funny, twist, and the cast will consist of 50-60 students.

The Linton School would need to provide housing for the actors/directors, a piano accompanist, and two rehearsal spaces, such as a gymnasium or classroom. Pfeifer said the event would take place in late April or early May of next year, to not interfere with winter sports, prom or other activities.

The cost of the project is $2,650, but Pfeifer said she can apply for a $1,000 grant from the North Dakota Council of the Arts, and can cover the remaining costs through donations from area businesses and organizations.

Pfeifer said she, along with Linton High School Music Director Mrs. Michelle Schumacher, have had experience with the program when their children participated in it at Ashley School, while attending school in Zeeland. Pfeifer said in those cases, local organizations provided meals to the students during rehearsals, and a school organization or class served a supper between the performances as a fund-raiser.

After reviewing the information, Linton School Board member Tiffany Heer made a motion to allow Mrs. Pfeifer to seek a grant to participate in the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Board member Pat Huber seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously, with Board President Rod Jacob, and board members Arnold Vetter and JoAnn Humann also voting in favor.

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