Missoula Children’s Theater leader Kamlin Cox led students in an acting exercise during Monday’s audition. (Photo by Sarah Elmquist Squires)

By Sarah Elmquist Squires

Managing Editor

More than 100 eager youngsters gathered in the Willow Creek Elementary gymnasium Monday, excited to show off their talents during auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) performance of “Aladdin.” 

(Photo by Sarah Elmquist Squires)

MCT staff Emily Nachtigal and Kamlin Cox led the dozens of students in various exercises to show off their expressive faces and fluid movements. From a slow-mo version of the wave that rippled across the gym, to a pantomimed soccer goal and cheer, the young actors performed a slate of activities to show off their skills. 

“It is really great to see all the passion and enthusiastic voices here today,” Cox said of the students. 

Young Riverton actors showed off their moves during the Missoula Children’s Theater audition for “Aladdin,” which they will perform this Saturday. (Photo by Sarah Elmquist Squires)

It will be a quick turnaround for the one-time-only production of the beloved tale of “Aladdin,” which tells the tale of an Arabian street kid who finds a magic lamp that contains a genie, and Aladdin’s adventure in trying to charm Princess Jasmine. 

The performance will be held on Saturday, January 14, at 3 p.m. at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theater on the Central Wyoming College campus. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults age 18 and older, and are available at the CWC Box Office from 3-6 p.m. 

This event, which will highlight the many talents of local young actors, is sponsored by Arts in Action, Fremont County School District #25, and CWC.