Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ‘Cinderella’; Youngsters learn life skills on St. John Theatre stage

Published 8:58 am Saturday, August 5, 2023

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RESERVE — For the last several months, professional actors Savannah Greiveldinger and Jackie Wiles have driven across the country in a little red truck packed to the roof with everything needed to put on a show.

They’ve got costumes, lights, sets, scripts and a whole bunch of props. All they need are the actors.

Those they find in towns big and small, like Reserve.

Greiveldinger and Wiles found a talented group of St. John the Baptist Parish actors this week, which will present two performances of “Cinderella” at 2:30 and 6 p.m. this Saturday at the St. John Theatre, 115 W. 4th St. in Reserve. Admission is $5.

It’s all part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre troupe’s mission to introduce theater and the arts to youngsters in communities around the world through a series of weeklong workshops for kids. In a matter of five days the team holds auditions, casts the show, teaches the parts, builds the sets, produces a pair of shows and, hopefully, plants a seed.

The mission is to get them to enjoy the arts and build life skills. The show is not the end goal. It’s the process of how we got there. Did we work as a team? Did we listen and follow directions? Did we learn to read a little better? Did we build some self-confidence in our skills? That’s what’s important.

Reserve has been a regular stop on the tour, presenting such productions as “Rapunzel,” “The Snow Queen” and “Pinocchio.”

For more information on children’s programming, please contact Managing Director Amy Wombles at 504.676.4700 or visit our website at www.stjohntheatre.com