Auditions will be held from 4 – 6: p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center in Chillicothe, for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) performance of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, a program sponsored by the Chillicothe Area Arts Council.

“It’s a busy time of year before and after the holidays, and we like to have students and parents get the audition and practice and performance dates on their calendars now,” Mary Lou VanDeventer, administrator for the Chillicothe Area Arts Council said. Students in kindergarten through 12th grades may audition. Audition permission slips went home last week in the backpacks of many Chillicothe area elementary students and will be available in the Chillicothe Middle School office for middle school students. The information is also available by calling the arts office. Students must present the signed audition permission slips to the audition on Jan. 6.

The Missoula directors will select 50-60 local and area students to present two performances on

Saturday, Jan.11. The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with

costumes, scenery, props and stage makeup. There is no cost to the students.

MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 4 – 8:30 p.m., each day with a 30-minute break for a snack or “sack lunch.” Those auditioning need to bring a sack lunch or snack with them, in case they are selected, as there will be a rehearsal immediately after auditions.

Those auditioning need to have a clear schedule for the week of January 6-11, and if selected for the cast, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role.

The Missoula Children’s Theater residency has been made possible with funding from the Roger A. Browning Foundation and from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, contact the Chillicothe Area Arts Council at or phone 660-646-1173.