Young actors and actresses with the Missoula Children’s Theatre performed “Rapunzel” on Saturday, July 30, 2016, in the Tarkio High School Auditorium. The cast was led by Missoula directors Monica Domena and Seth Hollen and Tarkio directors Casey Martin and Melody Barnett, as well as assistant director Gabby DeRosier.
“This Rapunzel story took you on a frivolous frolic through the French countryside: the ogre’s garden in the mushroom patch while the corn and potato spies report back to Madame Gothel, Frenchy and his intense friends, the wood elves, do their best to help. Rapunzel escapes the grasp of Madame Gothel. The lost prince, Rapunzel’s parents, and her friends the unicorns try to help. Just when you think it’s safe to cross the bridge, a troll and Three Billy Goats Gruff get in the way. It doesn’t help that the Three Bears (or is it four) confuse Rapunzel with Goldilocks and chase her through the forest. Add to that the gremlins trying to play tricks on everyone and you have chaos! Well, it’s not that bad because the pixies foil the gremlins’ plans most of the time. In short, Rapunzel and all the rest of the characters tell a silly tale of personal triumph and friendship.”
Cast and crew included: Rapunzel – Sophia Martin; Prince – Gretchen Tharp; Madame Gothel – Jordan Heard; Wood Elves – Cali Driskell, Claire Martin, and Kylie Nuckolls; Monique – Brooke Lee; Maurice – Megan Lee; Troll – Tommi Lee Martin; Biggest Billy Goat – Bo Peregrine; Middle Billy Goat – Isaac Vette; Little Billy Goat – Kendal Straub; Corn 1 – Ryan Paris; Corn 2 – Ian Stepp; Potato – Jillian Hannah; Unicorn 1 – Jacobi Driskell; Unicorn 2 – Daytona Paris; Ogre 1 – Isabella Wallace; Ogre 2 – Teahen Hannah; Mushrooms – Velicity Hegstrom (Fun Gus), Presley Herron, Gavin Liechti, Jax Peregrine, Kade Pridell, Macy Stepp, Zander Wallace, and Delainee White.