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Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Mammals and the Reptiles. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. There’s a real animosity between these creatures. As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, the mammals and reptiles join in the search…together. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that it’s easy to get along, if you just try. In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 38 years now from Montana to Japan. This will be their 15th visit to MBT.
Each summer the MCT tour team arrives at the Theatre with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a musical…except the cast. Each camp consists of 50-60 local students who rehearse throughout the week and present two public Saturday performances on MBT’s Main Stage.
Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through the participation in this unique, educational project.
MCT’s mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.