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Summit County kids can play in the jungle

CAROLINA THIBAUDspecial to the daily
Special to the DailyThe Backstage Theatre is bringing the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) to Summit County to produce Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book."

BRECKENRIDGE – Kids, if you have always dreamed of starring in a real play, this is your big chance. The Backstage Theatre is bringing the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to Summit County to produce Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.”MCT is the nation’s largest touring children’s theater.

“The wonderful thing about them is that they come with everything prepared to stage the play: the set, the costumes, the lights, the props and the makeup,” said Jeremy Cole, artistic director of the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge. The only thing they are looking for is the cast.So if you know a kid who’s interested in participating, auditions for the play will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Summit Middle School. About 60 kids, from kindergarten to high school, will be cast to participate in the show.

If selected, there is a $50 tuition fee for each actor. The fee will pay for the children’s workshop, led by MCT’s staff, that will take place during the week, from Monday, May 16, to Friday, May 20, after school at Summit Middle School.”The Jungle Book” will come to life on Saturday, May 21 at 3 and 7 p.m., also at the middle school. Tickets for the show are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.”It is going to be a great experience for the kids. They have one week to do it all,” Cole said. “It is very exciting, but at the same time it is very challenging. It is good for the kids to have to step up and act in front of their community.”

Cole explained that MCT used to come to Summit County during the 1990s, brought by the middle school. The Backstage Theatre thought it would be a good idea to sponsor them to bring them back.The MCT is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Mont. This year, nearly 50,000 cast members worldwide will participate in its plays. It even runs a performing arts camp on a cruise in a Montana lake. During the past few months, MCT has taken “Beauty and the Beast,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Les Miserables” and “Damn Yankees” to stage, among many others.For more information about the workshop and the performance of “The Jungle Book,” visit If you want to know more about the MCT, visit

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