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Missoula Children's Theater

The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years from Montana to Japan.
Missoula Children's Theater

“You may live in a city and have access to all kinds of arts. But I tell you what, for a lot of the country, they have to go to the city to have that access, or they go without, and I want to bridge that gap.”

That’s Michael McGill, executive director of the Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT). Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," Michael and host Arnie Sherman discuss how MCT grew into one of the largest theatrical touring companies in the world over the past 38 years.

Dolce Canto performs at 35th anniversary sister state celebration
Maxine Speier

Montana is celebrating the 35th anniversary of a sister state relationship with Kumamoto, Japan this week. On Monday a delegation from Kumamoto that included Kumamoto’s Governor Ikuo Kabashima visited Missoula to celebrate and kick off a tour of the treasure state.

It was raining outside when the delegation arrived at the Missoula Community Theatre on Monday night. The theater was nearly full, and Japanese and English chatter mixed together.

Earlier on Monday the delegation of over a dozen distinguished political and community leaders from Kumamoto visited the University of Montana’s campus, but now it was time to have some fun.

In honor of the 35th anniversary MCT had put together a series of performances from local groups including the Missoula Children’s Theatre, Dolce Canto, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, and the Rocky Mountain Ballet. The event showcased the cultural exchange that has formed so much of the bond between Montana and its Japanese sister state of Kumamoto.

"The Pea Green Boat" welcomes a director and two actors from the China National Theater for Children. Joining them is the education director of the Missoula Children's Theater. The two theaters have been engaged for a year in a collaboration that has taken Missoula kids to Beijing and now brings Beijing kids to Missoula! The collaborative performance of "The Princess and the Pea" was staged at MCT this past weekend. Listen to the interview to learn more and hear the kids sing songs from the play.

MCT Comes To The PGB

Sep 9, 2014

Can't make sense of the initials? It means that adult actors from the Missoula Children's Theater  will be visiting the Pea Green Boat today, Tuesday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m.

Join us as we talk about their upcoming  show "The Last of the Dragons" and  enjoy professional actors reading live on the radio!

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