Missoula Children’s Theatre to perform ‘The Secret Garden’

June 30, 2014
The Secret Garden

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Heartland Festival will once again welcome the Missoula Children’s Theatre to the Center for the Arts with performances of “The Secret Garden,” on Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 at 11 a.m.

“The Secret Garden,” an original Missoula Children’s Theatre production, is a retelling of a story of hope and celebration. The main character, a young girl named Mistress Mary Quite Contrary, embarks on a journey from India to her uncle’s home in England, where she meets many interesting friends and learns about caring, happiness and life.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 40 years. Its mission is to develop life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. The theatre will visit nearly 1,200 communities throughout the United States and beyond this year, with up to 47 teams of tour actors/directors. A tour team arrives in a given community with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play – except the cast.

Local and area students between the ages of 7 and 18 will perform in the production. Rehearsals for the show will take place on Monday through Thursday mornings during the week of July 7-10.

Also included in the residency are three enrichment workshops, presented by the tour actors/directors, designed to help participants develop creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem.

Aaron Mateo Arroyo and Sterling Burton, both students at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas, are touring with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Arroyo is pursing a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting and directing and Burton is pursuing a degree in theatre: acting/directing.

For additional information about the MCT, visit the website

For more information about Heartland Festival performances at the Center for the Arts, contact the University Box Office at (877) 727-1CFA (toll free) or heartland@uwplatt.edu.

Contact: Michael J. Breitner, Arts Facilities and Series Director, Center for the Arts, (608) 342-2787, breitnerm@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu


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