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Cannon youths present: ‘Pinocchio’


July 7, 2011

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Nine-year-olds Kaia Riffle, left, and Graydon Lavallee, both cast as urchins, go over their scripts as they await their cues backstage.

Each of the 50 children who auditioned for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Pinocchio” at Cannon Air Force Base were cast for the performance.

Part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre is a traveling theater group, going from town to town or base to base, bringing with them everything they need for the production of a musical with one exception: The cast.

MCT held auditions June 27 and spent the rest of the week rehearsing for two performances on July 2.

The program is free for children to participate and the performance was free to attend.

Hannah Baghall and Kate Clark with MCT worked with Cannon’s youth through out the week. Both said the most common question they receive is how to get the children to learn a play in under a week.

“Kids are amazing,” Baghall said. “They retain so much and they want to so badly.”

The mission of MCT is to improve life skills in children by participating in the performing arts, Clark said. Life skills such as social skills, communication skills, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, an understanding of the team concept and self-esteem.

“And we give them a fun energy for a week,” Clark said.

Within each MCT cast, girls and boys are equal. In Cannon’s production, Pinocchio and Stromboli, both originally male characters, were played by girls.

All of MCT’s show are original adaptations of children’s stories and fairytales.


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