Hear ye, hear ye! The Knights of the Round Table are calling for more loyal followers. The Mule Barn Theatre Guild, in partnership with the Missoula (Montana) Children’s Theatre, will present King Arthur’s Quest July 9-14, 2018, in the Tarkio High School Auditorium.
Boys and girls who have completed kindergarten through 12th grades are invited to audition for spots in the musical, which follows King Arthur on a journey through medieval England. It’s an original twist on a familiar story, but weaves its way through a landscape full of surprises. King Arthur, joined by Guinevere, Merlin and Lancelot, will face dragons, sorcerers and knights in an original production of the historical fairy tale. Auditions are not scary; everyone who auditions gets a part in the musical. The Missoula directors will arrive with all the costumes, scenery, props and makeup.
Auditions will take place Monday, July 9, at 1 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Interested children may pick up a registration form at the Flower Mill in Tarkio or at any elementary school in the area. Scholarships are also available. After a week of rehearsals taking place each day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., two performances will be held on Saturday, July 14, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lunch is provided for those who stay for both rehearsals. Not everyone will rehearse at the same time.
The guild, along with many local businesses, organizations and individuals, has sponsored the summer musical event for the past 16 years. The Missoula Children’s Theatre is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre. The group has traveled around the world for nearly four decades, performing Broadway musicals, comedies and original children’s productions of classic fairy tales and stories.