By Mary C. Hunt
The Snow Queen was nothing short of amazing! Sixty-two Bennett County Schools students auditioned on Monday and immediately began daily rehearsals for a musical that they would debut on Friday for the first time. All the students should be very proud of their hard work and what they achieved.
The actors and The Missoula Children’s Theatre performed an original musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Auditorium in Martin. The production’s story, music and lyrics were written by Michael McGill.
The cast featured Hadley Schomp as Gerda; Caysen Soderlin as her best friend, Kay; and Thea DuBray as the Snow Queen. Kaylee Byrne played Gerda’s Grandma/Old Robber Woman, and Lily Montileaux played Kay’s Grandma/Lappish Woman. The Gardner Woman/Finnish Woman was played by Thomiah Poor Bear. Gavin Risse played Bae; Tyce Gropper played Yeti; Niesha Marshall played Little Robber Girl; and Mr. and Mrs. Crow were played by Eric Cottier and Kamea O’Donnell-Hooper. Rush O’Neill and Isabella Christensen played the Prince and Princess. The imaginative, fun-loving Hobgoblins were Preston Rosane, Trey Tetrault, Allison Novotny, Layla Robinson, Jace Harris, Lynnze Pauly, Topaz Rivas, Holly Stehlik, Dacotah Li Bettelyoun, Ethan Harris, Aubrey Peil and Sophia Pearman. The Snow Animals were played by Harley Harris, Reagan O’Neill, Kelan Cottier, Tiernan Arnold, Jordan Risse, Tayce Tetrault, Jadis Reddy, Billy Waln and Lizzie Robinson. The Robbers were played by Peyson O’Neill, Tay Risse, Rhyder Harris, Kade Harris, Madi Waln, Aspen Loomis, McKenna Winters, Amea Dubray, Shayonna Cournoyer and Kingston Moffitt. And the Snow Chickens were Kodi Pierson, Knox O’Neill, Bree Risse, Annalee Pierson, Kendyll Risse, Jade O’Neill, Zoe Alexander, Tristan Novak, Sadie Schomp, Tatum Tetrault, Rei Waln, Addison Byrne, Kambri Claussen, Jaxyn Moffitt, Macy Claussen and Eien Krolikowski. Carson Knecht and Talon Krolikowski served as Assistant Directors. Joyce Strain was the accompanist. Chance Walker Carter and Justin Kline were the Missoula Children’s Theatre Tour Actor/Directors for the production.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) residency in Martin was brought to the community by the Bennett County Schools PTO. Donors to the BCPTO were Martin Community Foundation, Security First Bank, Lynn’s DakotaMart, Lacreek Electric, Goldenwest, Bennett County Schools, True Value, GE Associates, ACE Hardware and Family Dollar.
Throughout its 45-year history, the MCT International Tour has fostered developmental life skills in more than one million children. In 2018 alone, MCT will work with 65,000 children in more than 1,200 communities in all 50 states and 17 other countries.