Missoula Children’s Theater brings Camelot to life in Ennis

Ennis kids filled out the cast in last Saturday’s production of “King Arthur’s Quest,” produced by the Missoula Children’s Theater and sponsored by the Ennis Booster Club.   Photo by Greg Lemon

Ennis kids filled out the cast in last Saturday’s production of “King Arthur’s Quest,” produced by the Missoula Children’s Theater and sponsored by the Ennis Booster Club. Photo by Greg Lemon

The legend of King Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere grew a little Saturday when the Missoula Children’s Theater put on its annual show in Ennis, bringing “King Arthur’s Quest” to town.

The cast was made up of local children who worked all week to pull off two memorable performances Saturday afternoon and evening.

“I thought it was one of the better plays we’ve done because it involved all of the kids so much,” said Kelley Knack, who helped organize the play with the support of the Ennis Booster Club and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

The Missoula Children’s Theater goes to communities around Montana and the world each year to put on plays, holding local auditions for parts and working with local children for a week in anticipation of the weekend performance. The group has been coming to Ennis for the last decade, Knack said.

The week provides kids with a lot of life skills, she said.

First, they have to get past the challenge and fear of performing on stage. Secondly, they have to commit to their parts and to the performance, Knack said.

“It gives them some self-confidence and life skills,” she said.

The performers ranged in age from high schoolers down to kindergartners.

“To me that’s pretty amazing, especially for those young ones,” Knack said.

This year, the cast really varied in age and it gave the older students a chance to help out the younger ones.

“What’s amazing to me, and I see this every year, is you see the older kids stepping up and helping the little guys,” she said.

The MCT also put on a performance of the “Princess and the Pea” earlier this month in Harrison.

The production ends up costing about $2,800, Knack said. Some of that money is offset by ticket sales and the Ennis Booster Club and the Washington Foundation picked up the rest.

Knack is already looking to recruit sponsors and organizational help for next year’s performance. If you would like to help organize the event or sponsor MCT in Ennis, give her at call at 579-5442.

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