That’s Betty Lou and the Country Beast, PHS auditorium, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18, 6:30 p.m. We’ll have professional children’s theatre right here in Payson, with the Missoula Children’s Theatre — and your help.
Missoula? Like in Montana? Yes! They’ve got a unique thing going. They travel all over the world in pairs, bringing the sets and costumes, and working with 50 to 60 local kids who they choose in an open audition, to produce original musical plays, all in a one-week time frame.
In addition, they come prepared to do workshops at three local schools, to help the kids become interested in theatre and drama, whether from the stage or as viewers.
Once you’ve encountered Missoula Children’s, you don’t forget — whether you are directly involved or just buy a ticket to a performance. My 15-year-old was in her first Missoula play at the age of 5 and it’s what triggered the interest in drama she has to this day.
But we need your help. This is the first year for Missoula Children’s in Payson so we need to raise all of the money to bring them — and we aren’t there yet. Next year we can use this year’s ticket sales, but this year we’re on our own.
I initiated this event in Payson, working with PHS Drama teachers Kathy Siler and Tom Walling, because of my own family’s positive experience with Missoula Children’s and because I believe Payson’s kids need more opportunities just like this.
Here’s what you can do: be a sponsor, buy tickets, tell friends and family. Any sponsor contributing $50 or more receives program recognition and at least two free tickets. Higher levels get more benefits.
For more information e-mail KathySiler@pusd.com or me at BrouwerL@uwstout.edu. To get your AZ tax credit, write your check to CKF-PHS-Drama-Missoula. Mail to PHS, P.O. Box 919, Payson, AZ 85547. Thanks!