Missoula Children’s Theatre open auditions

(Via Ho’okele News)

Missoula Children's Theatre directors Alex Kowalchik and Kristin Gilbert run auditions at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. MWR Marketing photo

Justin Hirai


Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The final production of Blackbeard the Pirate will take place Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hickam Memorial Theater. Admission is free.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) held open auditions June 9 at Hickam Memorial Theater. A total of 120 youth participated in the group auditions in hopes of being selected for the rehearsal camp. The selected youth will participate in the production of Blackbeard the Pirate.

Commander Naval Installations Command contracts the Missoula Children’s Theatre to come to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This is their first time back in a few years. MCT sends two producers to run the auditions, camp and final production. They bring everything needed to create a professional theatre play, including stage settings, acting props and costumes.

The group auditions began with the youth lining up by size. Each candidate then introduced themselves and their age. They were directed to be as loud and clear as possible. The second time around they reintroduced themselves but were directed to use a sobbing or crying voice. The remainder of the audition consisted of activities to showcase candidates’ acting abilities.

Three of Cary Martin’s children participated in the auditions on Monday and have participated in past MCT programs. She said she likes the program.

“It’s great that it gives kids the opportunity to express themselves and work with others. Also, it’s a short commitment compared to other plays or productions that rehearse for months. This way kids can get a taste of it and if they like it, they can look for other acting programs to get involved with,” Martin said.

The rehearsal camp ran throughout the week and provided a learning experience for youth.

“The camp allows kids to have a new experience and make new friends. They also get to challenge themselves because they only have five days to learn the production,” said Cherise Castro, child youth programs lead.

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