Area Children Preparing for Their Chance on Stage

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This program gives children the ability to perform on stage for the first time and get experience in the arts at a young age to help them see if this is something they would like to do in the future.” 
Waid Harbison, marketing, programs & events coordinator, CP&R

CULLMAN – Imagination. It’s a simple notion but not everyone comes equipped with one. Children ages 5 -18 from around Cullman County will have their opportunity to show off their imaginative skills during tryouts for the Missoula Children’s Theatre in just a couple of weeks.

“Tryouts will be held on Monday, Jan. 18 at the Cullman Civic Center at 3:30 p.m.,” Waid Harbison, Cullman Parks & Recreation marketing, programs & events coordinator said. “There are no signups to audition; interested participants can just show up for the auditioning process.”

While there is no charge for those auditioning, Harbison said, “Selected actors will pay a $25 fee which will include parent tickets to the performances.”

Since coming to Cullman over 20 years ago, Missoula Children’s Theatre has always drawn a large number of area children during auditions.

“We have had anywhere from 75 to 130 kids audition each year, and that number keeps growing because there are more and more kids getting interested in the arts and performing,” he said.

Harbison said the response is always great from the community, both for auditions and showtimes, and he expects nothing less this year. Compared to other programs offered to youth by CP&R, Harbison said this is one of the unique, once-a-year events.

“I do think Missoula is one of the more powerful draws for children in the community because it is very different from every other program CP&R is offering. Many children will go on to perform in high school, college and even beyond, whether it be singing, acting or a combination of both,” he said. “This program gives children the ability to perform on stage for the first time and get experience in the arts at a young age to help them see if this is something they would like to do in the future.”

Auditions will be held on Jan. 18 at the Cullman Civic Center. This year’s show will be “Little Red Riding Hood.” Showtimes will be Saturday, Jan. 23, with the first show at 2 p.m. and a second performance at 6 p.m. Admission will be $5.