It was a gorgeous, sunny Montana day as this year's students and their parents arrived at the Missoula Children's Theatre building on East Broadway. As with any new experience, there was some nervous laughter and some anxiety, but within a few minutes the students were chatting and laughing and getting to know one another. We celebrated the kick off to our third year with aBBQ on the MCT patio, grateful for the grilling skills and yummy treats courtesy of our #1 meal planner, John Arvish. With students from the Northeast, Midwest and Europe, we are excited to see what the summer brings with this wonderful diversity of talent.
Students Stormy, Rachel (fresh off her performance as Maria Von Flytrap in MCT's production of The Frog Prince) and Rylee.
Our core instructors are all returning this year, and you will hear more about them in upcoming posts. Dane Madsen (acting), Traci Traasdahl (dance) and Troy Bashor (music) have returned to head up the main portion of our course instruction. We are joined this year by Michelle Payler and Andy Pokel, who are our dorm counselors but are also instructing in dance and music, respectively. Nancy Caron has returned as a voice teacher. She and Andy will be providing individual voice lessons to the students each week. Anne Bashor has returned as our accompanist. Our home staff of Greg Boris and Michelle Nigh-Mogstad has been busy getting everything ready for this summer. John Arvish (aforementioned purveyor of great food and good swimming holes) will head up our meals and some of our weekend entertainment. And Maureen Roy (that’s me) will be heading up photography and oversight of this lovely blog.
PHEW…we’ll end this post here. Look this week for photos from our first week of instruction some other staff bios, and hey…while you’re at it…FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK!!! You’ll be glad you did!