Students receive auditions for national theater group
A national theater company will be hosting open auditions for area students interested in participating in a production of a classic play.
On Nov. 10, the Missoula Children's Theatre, a traveling theater company, will perform "Red Riding Hood" at Basehor-Linwood High School. The theater group will host two showings of the play that day, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.
This week, school district officials announced there would be 50 to 60 students cast in the play. Although there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast, there are roles for students of all ages, school officials said.
Auditions will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at BLHS.
This is the second year the Missoula Children's Theatre has made a stop in Basehor. Last year the theater group performed "Treasure Island" at the high school.
BLHS teacher Mardy Robinson, who has been a part of the theater group since she was in third grade, was instrumental in bringing the group to the school district. The presence of the group is important to the district, she said.
"It helps to promote the performing arts and theater which a lot of schools have had to cut back on because of budget cuts," she said. "It also helps kids to understand acting and what the theatre is like."
Robinson said she is hopeful of a large student turnout for this year's audition.
"Last year we had close to 100 kids tryout and this year we hope for the same," she said.
School district officials said the goal is to try to make the Basehor area a yearly stop for the theater company.
While some students might not make the cut during auditions, one local student feels pretty safe there will be a spot for her.
Glenwood Ridge Elementary School student Cara Stubenrauch recently participated in a Missoula Children's Theatre summer camp. At the camp, Stubenrauch discovered her love for acting.
"It is fun and I really like doing it and I think I am good at it," Stubenrauch said.
The production is sponsored by the Basehor-Linwood Educational Foundation, an organization that includes district students, teachers, parents and local business people.
Proceeds from the event will go toward funding for future student scholarships and teacher training, school officials said.