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January 28, 2013

Latest set of Missoula directors taken in by PV charm

emann@pvdemocrat.com — The Missoula Children’s Theater has always carried with it plenty of cherished memories each year it has made an appearance in Pauls Valley.

However, there are also a lot of special experiences for each duo of directors, no less true than for the latest set, Grace McGeoch and Vicky Siegrist. While the shared goal from the moment they started in May as they travel to towns across the country is always to teach valuable skills through musical theater, both can attest how each community often comes with plenty of lessons they can use later in life.

 “I had never done children’s theater before this so I was kind of hesitant about that part, but the traveling was a big part of it,” said Siegrist, who is originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky and noted how both had just graduated this past May with a degree in musical theater and got into the Montana based job at audition conferences. “It’s really hard work, but it’s a lot of fun at the same time.”

Joining together in October after doing separate gigs, McGeoch noted how she never stops being amazed at how quickly and willingly kids will take on something so challenging with only a couple of days to learn their lines and songs. She said if an adult were given the same task they might look at someone if as if they were crazy and added how it was refreshing to see the kids not have a limit to what they were asked to achieve.

This time around they will be presenting “The Secret Garden,” a show which will still include much of the expected comedy audiences are used to seeing and creative reimagining with extra quirky characters like Canadian geese. However it is also the first in the drama category dealing with real life issues like a young girl who loses her parents and discovers a new purpose in life while living with her Uncle through an abandoned garden.

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