Children, teens can audition April 11 for Missoula Children's Theatre's ‘Red Riding Hood’

Monday, March 21, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of “Red Riding Hood” will be held on Monday, April 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     A non-profit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s October arts festival.
     “Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Executive Director of Columbia Theatre Roy Blackwood. “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 wishing to audition must arrive by 3 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 7:30 p.m.
“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 p.m. 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, Mont. 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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