Learning their lines in just four days, 60 Patuxent River rising stars stepped up to the challenge to produce an abridged version of "Cinderella" for two shows with more than 600 viewers in attendance during the annual Missoula Children's Theatre performance.
The MCT, headquartered in Missoula, Mont., has partnered with the U.S. Armed Forces for more than two decades, improving morale on U.S. military bases throughout the world with their shows starring base youths. With only two MCT directors, the program casts 50-60 school-aged youths on the installation they're visiting for an abridged version of a pre-selected fairy tale, usually 60-70 minutes. A few are also selected as assistant directors and as accompanists.
The theatre's mission is geared to: "The development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts."
This year's Pax performers for "Cinderella" were:
Cinderella: Sydney Hagensick; Stepmother: Sarah Jacobs; Stepsister Lovely: Emily Clark; Stepsister Beauty: Laney Picon; King: Bain Black; Rags and Prince: Nate Albers; Raggedy Annie: Kaylee Gatewood; Cleo: Jordan Dudderar; Fido: Grant Allen; Town Criers: Xavier Holmes and Josh Gilbert
Beggers: Adria Branson, Isabelle Chesterman, Jacob Gremmel, Gwendolyn Horton, Jessica Lessnau, Kyleigh Nelson, Johnna O'Connell, Julia O'Connell, Veronique Perry, Anna Struxness and Emily Struxness
Lords and Ladies: Racheal Brandon, Gracelyn Casas, Nathalie Delao, Rachel Evans, Kyra Foster, Daelyn Funk, Stefanie Kohler, Cassie Kunz, Katie McKinley, Anne O'Connor, Susanne Panei, Ebun Popoola, Joan Popoola and Rebekah Schmidt
Mice: Sarah Armstrong, Jasmine Caniban, Riley Edgar, Stephanie Encarnacion, Abigail Fielder, Cadence Miller, Kiara Pell and Maddie Tice
Pumpkins: Abigail Bayola, Grace Bondy, Lorelei Cartes, Claudia Gemmel, Hamani Kumar, Patience Littleton, Emma Liven, Emma Llewellyn, Jasmine Lores, Audrey Madden, Aleena Owens, Hannah Sheely, Amy Struxness, Ashley Taylor, Ryan Thierry and Karlei Wallace
Assistant directors: Sophie Heinsohn, Harry Bauman, Sammy Black and Paige Marino
Accompanist: Ian Madden
Patches: Sara-Morgan-Guthrie, MCT tour actor and director
Director: Maxwell McCurdy, MCT tour actor and director.