Join a host of characters in a musical wonderland this Friday and Saturday when the Missoula Children’s Theatre and about 50 local students present an original musical adaptation of “The Secret Garden” at the Basin City Arts Center.
Playing the title character, Mary Lennox, is local student Scarlett Meier. Other main characters are Autumn Bubla as Martha Sowerby, Quinton Migneault as Dickon Sowerby, Ellen Brewer as Susan Sowerby and Ammon Bullinger as Colin Craven, Taylor Reno as Archibald Craven, Emily Vigil as Ayah/Bilge Rat/Captain, Yazmin Arambula as Mrs. Matlock, Derek Sanders as Doctor Craven, Benjamin Smith as Ben Weatherstaff, Kaitlyn Migneault as Robin Redbreast.
Isobel Boreen, Destiny Kost, Macayla Stricker, Macey Reno, Brittany Morton, Delaney Neves, Halli Jones, Alyssa Hodge, Hannah Coy and Karina Boreen will play the Canadian Geese. Appearing as the Moor Folk are Emily Crouse, Camille Reno, Tiriana Smith, Ranel Andrew, Alexis Garay, Amy Coy, Cienna Neves, and Grace Martin.
Monique Velasquez, Aaralyn Bryant-Riley, Breana Riley-Frame, Nicole Boreen, Melissa Bullinger, Dailyn Zierolf, Tyler DeGraw, Victoria Buck, Camden Jones, Griffin Zapata, AJ Reno, Alison McClure, Daniel Smith, Rykael Andrew, Wyatt Patterson, Lacey DeGraw, Rebecca Bullinger, Hailee McClure, Dakota Cervantes and Troy Riley will play the Fireflies.
Britt Hensley is the MCT director playing Detective Del.
The two MCT tour directors this year are Kirsten Paisley and Hensley. Paisley is a graduate of Butler University with a bachelor’s in music and vocal concentration. Hensley is a graduate of Piedmont College with a degree in theater education. They both are excited to be on tour working with kids to create beautiful theater.
Included in the residency are three enrichment workshops presented by the tour actor/directors in local schools. Two workshops will be given at Laura Irwin Elementary and one workshop for Burlington Elementary students. “Drama Quest” and “What If” workshops along with the theatre production instill creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills, and self-esteem through the participation in this unique, educational project. The development of life skills in our children through participation in the performing arts is a mission of the Basin City Arts Center.
“The Secret Garden” will be presented at the Basin City Arts Center at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets at the door are adults $5, seniors $4 and children 12 and under $1. This residency for Basin, Manderson, Hyattville, and Burlington is made possible by the Basin City Arts Center with donations from local businesses and supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts who believes a great nation deserves great art.