Posted 6 months ago
By Ashley Hinker
Follow young Jim Hawkins and his friends as they sail a dangerous sea of adventure with Long John Silver and his pirate band at the helm on Saturday, September 14 when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and over 40 local students present an original musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel TREASURE ISLAND.
The local cast features Tristan Bleisch as Jim Hawkins and Elora Bleisch as Mother Hawkins. Owen Weber, Alaysha Engelhaupt, Faith Stackenwalt, Kyra Quick, Leyton Schnell, Kylie Casados and Maggie Hoff are the rollicking Pirate crew. Jim’s six sisters are played by Cherokee Purviance, Tia Love, Aryanna Walker, Teaguen Jurgens, Diana Kollars and Chloe Blumanthal while Shelbee Burke, Brionna Schafer and Grant Robbins are featured as his Ruffian friends. The cuddly Gulls are played by Linnea Bleisch, Jason Dunn, Ashley Carr, Lucas Weber, Callie Robbins, Isaac Robbins, Jaelynne Clarke, Kaylee Kaiser, Nathan Stayton, Lillian Bunch, Jayden Myers, Mia Reina, Graci Beals, Keely Schafer and Aiden Jones. The seacoast Villagers are Guy Miranda, Tabi Elford, Hailey Karell, Whiley Hardy, Jonah Amill, Delaney Childers, Levi Jurgens, Matthew Stayton, Christian Soriano, Hunter Jones, Riley PicketPin and Benjamin Reina.
The accompanist is Linda Vollweiler and the MCT Tour Director/Actors are Sam Helmer and Angela Brown.
TREASURE ISLAND will be presented at 3 pm and again at 5:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Alliance High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets for each performance are Adult $6, Senior (60) $5, Student $3 and children under 3 will be admitted at no charge. Tickets are available at Thiele Gifts and More, CarnegieArtsCenter and The Ledger. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nations largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 41 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 47 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play … except the cast. The team holds open auditions on Monday and casts 50-60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented on Saturday. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales … a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. MCT’s mission is the development of lifeskills in children through participation in the performing arts.
TREASURE ISLAND was originally developed by the Missoula Children’s Theatre in partnership with NorthWestern Energy. The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Alliance is presented locally by the Alliance Arts Council in celebration of Alliance’s 125 years. Community support has been provided by Curtiss Moravek Law Office, Posh Shoppe and anonymous donors. The program is also supported by the Nebraska Arts Council. For more information call Alliance Arts Council Executive Director Cindy Randall at (308) 760-2401 or AAC Board President Virginia Carr at (308) 762-4454.