Children, teens can audition October 14 for Missoula Children's Theatre's ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’


Tuesday, October 1, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” will be held Monday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 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 fall arts festival.
     “Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Artistic Director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Jim Winter. “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 4 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 8:30 p.m.
“Since it is a group audition, no advance preparation is necessary – but a smile never hurts,” said Winter. “Students should just be ready to come and have a good time.”
     Rehearsals will be conducted Monday through Friday from 4-8:30 p.m. 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 Winter. “A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition.”
     “Jack and the Beanstalk” will be performed at the Columbia Theatre Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. All cast members must be available for all scheduled rehearsals and the Saturday performance.
     Tickets for the public performances are $20 for adults and $13 for students. 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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