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Missoula Children’s Theatre-The Emperor’s New Clothes AUDITION

May 1, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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The Audition

The audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES will be held on Monday, May 1 at 4:30pm at Wallowa School- Multi-purpose Room – address: 315 E. 1st St., Wallowa.

There are roles for those students –Kindergarten through 12TH GRADE. Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Director. Up to 4 students will be cast as Assistant Directors. There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session.

A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4 hours and 15 minutes will be asked to bring a sack lunch, dinner or snack to be eaten during the 15-minute break between sessions.

This is a group audition–no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile never hurts. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time!

The first rehearsal- The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-minutes after the audition and will end at 8:30pm.

Snacks for breaks- Please pack a meal/snack for the break between audition and rehearsal.

Rehearsals-  Rehearsals will be conducted every day from 4:30PM to 8:45PM Tuesday- Thursday 2:30- 5:30 Friday at the Wallowa school Multi-purpose Room and the Wallowa Gym in the Wallowa School. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role and be available for all scheduled performances.

About the Performance

The Emperor’s New Clothes sponsored by JCAC

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is thrilled to announce the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre to Wallowa County with the production of The Emperor’s New Clothes, adapted by Jim Caron and Matt Loehrke and Music and Lyrics by Jim Caron, Michael McGill, Greg Boris and Amy Ellis. The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team will arrive in Wallowa County on April 30 with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on The Emperor’s New Clothes …except the cast. The team will hold an open audition on Monday, May 1 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Wallowa School District’s Multi-purpose Room (315 E. 1st Street, Wallowa, OR. 97885) . Older students will have their 1st rehearsal from 6:45-8:45pm Monday, May 1

At that audition they will cast 50-60 local students (K-12) to perform in the production (several cast members selected will remain until 8:15pm for the first rehearsal- bring a snack). The show is rehearsed throughout the week (Mon-Thurs., 4pm-8:15pm with break) and two public performances will be presented on Friday, May 5 at 7pm and Saturday, May 6 at 3 pm. All Missoula Children’s Theatre performances will be at the Wallowa School-Multi-Purpose Room.  Tickets will be for sale online at https://josephy.org/event/missoula-childrens-theatre-the-emperors-new-groove-2023/ and at the door at the performances. Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for Seniors and $5 for students over 12; Kids under 12, free entry.  There are opportunities for discounted or free tickets in exchange for volunteering during the rehearsal week/pre-performance. The Emperor’s New Clothes T-Shirts and Live Performances recorded on DVD/downloadable file will be for sale at the event. More details to come.

The Josephy Center is bringing back the Missoula Children’s Theatre after the merge with the Wallowa Valley Arts Council in 2019 who sponsored the program in years past. Executive Director Cheryl Coughlan says, “last year we were able to bring MCT back for Hansel and Gretel, at Enterprise High School. It was a great re-introduction to the community and it made a positive impact on the students that participated and the families and community members that got to enjoy a live theatre experience.”

For more information, call Cheryl Coughlan at 541-432-0505 ext. 4444 or 5413981294 or email: director@josephy.org


Watch the Emperor learn about true friendship and dressing for success on Friday, May 5 at 7PM and/or May 6 3PM as the Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 local students present THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES at Wallowa School District.

This original musical production is part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project and is presented locally by the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture. The Emperor’s New Clothes  adapted by Jim Caron and Matt Loehrke and Music and Lyrics by Jim Caron, Michael McGill, Greg Boris and Amy Ellis Tickets are $10 for adults and are available at (locations).

ACTORS that arrive in a little red truck for the week of May 1-6.
2023 School Year Tour

page1image162286848Leigha Keitsock

Leigha is ecstatic to be touring with the Missoula Children’s Theatre! Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Leigha is a graduate of DeSales University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre with a track in musical theatre performance. Some of her favorite show credits include Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Katherine Plumber in Newsies, and Fan/Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Along with her passion for performing, Leigha enjoys creating jewelry, costuming and loves working with and teaching children! Leigha wants to thank the Missoula Children’s Theatre for this incredible opportunity, everyone who has supported her along the way, and her friends and family for all the love and support!

Madi Carr

Madi is so excited to be apart of the Missoula Children’s Theatre! She is new to Missoula, but this will be her third national tour! She is a graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BFA in musical theatre with a minor in management. Her previous tours were with Jurassic Quest as a performer and puppeteer and as an actor for National Theatre for Children. As a small town girl from Mobile, AL, she is loving her life on the road getting to perform and work with such talented children!






May 1, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Cheryl Coughlan


Wallowa School Multi-Purpose Room
315 E. 1st Street
Wallowa, 97885