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Watauga County Arts Council Presents Local Children in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

June 20, 2013. What happens when a young boy plants Wonder Beans in his own backyard?  For Jack, it is the beginning of a great adventure! Join us at Watauga High School when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and over 40 local students present “Jack and the Beanstalk”, an original musical adaptation.

JB - COLOR LOGOThe play premieres at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21 and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Watauga High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and are available at the door.

The Watauga County Arts Council is no stranger to the Missoula productions—in years past, area children have starred in productions of  “The Secret Garden”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast”, “Robin Hood”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Jungle Book”, and more.  MCT is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for over 40 years from Montana to Japan, and they will visit over 65,000 children in 1200 communities in all 50 states and 17 countries this year.

A Tour Actor/Director team arrived in Watauga County on Sunday evening with the set, lights, costumes, props, and make-up.  During five days of intensive rehearsal, participating children have learned their lines, staging, songs, and dances.  The production has been designed with suitable parts for various age, skill, and experience levels.  A few students have been cast as assistant directors, and have focused on technically oriented tasks such as mounting the set, working lights and sound equipment, and assisting with teaching the show to the cast.  One of the two Actor/Directors from Missoula will play a supporting role in the production. 

Playing the title character, Jack, is local student Emma Carder. Lexi Cranor as Mother, Alice Knight as Milky White, Kinden Cranor as Giant, Brooke Ashcraft as Jill and Julia Handley as Harp.

The Farmers are made up of Cindy Teboe, Madeline Barinowski, Rebecca Anderson, Margaret Rose Blankenship-Brown, Sarah Toub, Tyler Osmond, Jillian Yates, Sirena Roe, and Aila Givins.

Isabelle Trew, Alex Krusiewig, Mary Clare Blankenship-Brown, Jackie Illich, Lindsey Hiatt, Amber Teboe, Kelsey Watts, and Julia Handley will play the Merchants.

Appearing as the Circus are Garrett Jordan, Grant Morrison, Sophie Trew, Kailei Watts, Annie Veno, Olivia Jordan, Jackson Roper, Payne Knight, Isaiah Watson, Alexis Royall, and Elijah Barinowski.

Siah Moretz, Gwendolyn Anderson, Claire Buford, Madison Mast, Enchancia Harmon, Sadie Barinowski, Ziggy Roe will appear as the Wonder Beans.

Eryn Boyle has also served as Assistant Director throughout the week.

For more information on the play, contact Jasmine Ammon, Summer Arts Camp Coordinator at 828-264-1789, or [email protected]