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really cool that’s out there,’” she said. “Theater is a definite thing and not only can you see it, but you can participate in it.” The Secret Garden marks Kristen Henderson’s eighth time performing with Missoula. The recent Millennium High School graduate was cast as Susan, a “housekeeper and crazy mom.” “She’s like obsessed with getting the kids to wear galoshes and she pops out at people and scares them,” Henderson said. “She’s supposed to be really perky and talkative and she annoys the other housekeeper.” The bubbly
WHAT: The Secret Garden, a production of the West Valley Arts Council and Missoula Children’s Theatre WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: L. Thomas Heck Middle School, 12448 W. Bethany Home Road in Litchfield Park
ADMISSION: $10 for adults; $8 for students; and $5 for children 10 and younger. Tickets are available at the performance. INFO: 623-935-6384
personality of her stage character is different from Henderson’s
personality, she said.
She originally auditioned for a part with the theater company because her older brother had a positive experience with Missoula, she said.
really think I was going to like it, but I did.” She did not have time to be in the Millennium theater program because her academic schedule and community service projects prevented her from doing so, she said. Missoula was an alternative option for her.
Morgan family of Litchfield Park, who have five children in the show. Alexis, 16, Farrah, 15, James, 12, Landi, 9, and Mia, 6 will all be on stage Saturday. “We enjoy doing it every summer,” said Sue
Summer theater was also a viable option for the
like, ‘He had a lot of fun; you have to go do it too.’ I was really shy, so I just got like a small part and I didn’t
“My mom was
(ABOVE) CHARLOTTE WHITE, LEFT, AND RYLEIGH RICHARDS, both 8, rehearse a scene from The Secret Garden Tuesday at L. Thomas Heck Elementary School. (Left) Young drama students study their lines. The play will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the school.
Morgan, the family’s matriarch. “It’s such a benefit because you can see the improvement when we come every year. [The children] know how to do their vocal loud and clear and it’s given them some experience, some confidence. And the experience, I think, has helped them not only in confidence but also when they try out for something else.” When the curtain goes up Saturday evening, the audience will see an accumulation of five days’ work, said Desiree Christopher, director of finance and personnel for the Arts Council. “It’s incredible what they put on in one week,” she said. “Usually, everything goes off without a hitch. Yeah, someone might forget a line here or there or sing a different note or something, but overall, the audience can’t tell and the audience doesn’t care. The audience loves it. They do an incredible job with these kids in a one-week timeframe. It is amazing.”
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