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'Jack' is coming to West Point

 

Preparing for the Missoula Theatre Company’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” are West Point/Clay County Arts Council board members, from left, Holly Hitt, Lewise Jackson, Valeda Carmichael, Monte Brasfield, Michael Williams, Vickie Burris, Bill Parker and Denise Overstreet.

Preparing for the Missoula Theatre Company’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” are West Point/Clay County Arts Council board members, from left, Holly Hitt, Lewise Jackson, Valeda Carmichael, Monte Brasfield, Michael Williams, Vickie Burris, Bill Parker and Denise Overstreet. Photo by: Courtesy photo

 

Jan Swoope

 

Excitement is building in West Point as the hour nears for the Missoula Theatre Company's auditions Monday at 10 a.m. to cast approximately 60 children in first through 12th grade for performances June 23 of "Jack and the Beanstalk." 

 

The West Point/Clay County Arts Council has contracted with the children's summer theater company to produce the musical and conduct workshops and rehearsals the week of June 18-23. 

 

Auditions begin June 18 promptly at 10 a.m. at Center Stage in West Point's Central School, 634 E. Westbrook St. (Latecomers will not be admitted.) Daily rehearsals begin Tuesday to hone acting, singing and dancing skills for those selected. Crew positions for make-up, backstage and technical support will also be open. 

 

Arts Council President Monte Brasfield said, "The Missoula Company is a renowned national theatrical organization, so when the opportunity came available for us to provide this experience, we jumped at the chance." 

 

Ginger Fowler, formerly of West Point, now of Batesville, returns to collaborate with Missoula's visiting directors. Fowler is well-known to area theater fans, having managed and directed 2011's "The Music Man" and other productions. 

 

Two public performances of "Jack and the Beanstalk" at Center Stage are set for June 23 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is $7 ($5 for seniors; $2 for youth 13-18. Children 12 and under are admitted free.) 

 

For more information, contact Brasfield at 662-494-1371 or Vickie Burns at 662-494-5678.

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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