40 children recently participated in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA performances in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. The children and audiences had a new look at this classic story in an original musical adaptation by Michael McGill.
The local cast featured Lyndsey Luebke as the Princess and Jessica Wolford as the Pea. The four Leprechauns were played by Mary Peterson (Danny), Sophia Collar (Darby), Grace Molitor (Darcy), and Calea Wirtly (Derby). Also featured were the Royal Family Members of Riverdom, King and Queen Size who were played by Roslyn Kramer and Victoria Athey. The Royal Family of Glacierdom, Storm King, Snow Queen and the Prince were played by Amber Farrar, Andrea Waschbisch, and Simon Pumplun. Jack Frost, the troublesome cousin of the Prince was played by Connor Romandine. The wannabe princesses included Audryn Just, Charis Wirtley, Helen Marquardt, and Lauren Meyer. The citizens of Riverdom were played by Allyson Riebe, Lauren Meyer, Chloe Sampley, Kaydence Harper, Matthew Meyer, McKenna Duncan, Helen Marquardt, Asher Verhagen, Colin Pumplun, and Jensen Collar. The citizens of Glacierdom were played by Olivia Strock, Greta Collar, Audryn Just, Gwen Maggio, Jack Alfson, Charis Wirtley, Marissa Miller, Abigail Kuhn, and Emily Elliott. To complete the ensemble,Abigail Alfson, Greta Eisch-Golik, Lindsey Elliott, Tayah Greetan, Annora Harper, Olivia Kuhn, and Emilie Maciejewski appeared as the dancing Dust Bunnies. Brooke Peterson served as Assistant Director throughout the week. Chrissy Margevicius and Taylor Kropp joined the students as the Missoula Children’s Theatre Actors/Directors. Mary Slavek was the accompanist for the production. Amy Thiel and Bev Umentum served as Artist-in-Residence coordinators, with the assistance from Carrie Panske, Karen Lutz, Romelle Delzer, Don Voermans, Neva Hodge Lemorande, Erika Bauer, Jenni Faccio, and the District Summer School Principal Joanne Michalski.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Oconto Falls was presented by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts, with support from Neva Hodge Lemorande and in partnership with the Oconto Falls School District Summer School Program.