Missoula Children’s Theatre

Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is so excited to produce Bird Rock Elementary’s upcoming production of JOHNNY APPLESEED! MCT is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre. Two Directors will arrive at Bird Rock Elementary School in their “little red truck” loaded with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, and everything it takes to put on a play…except the cast. The team will hold an audition and cast 50-60 students to perform in the production.

2022 – Missoula Children’s Theater Presents Johnny Appleseed

Grades K – 5th
November 14th – 18th, 12:30 – 4:45pm
Performances on Friday 11/18 @ 4pm & 6pm

Auditions for roles will be held on Monday, Nov. 14th at 12:30pm. No preparation is necessary. Immediately following auditions, students will begin rehearsals. There will be two performances on Friday November 18th.

All registered students must have a clear schedule for the entire week. There is a suggested, but not required, $50 performance fee. To register, please go to: https://birdrockfoundation.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/4363

NOTE: Missoula Children’s Theatre limits participation to a specific number of students per grade. There are a few remaining spots available to students in grades 3rd-5th. All K-2nd grade spots and Assistant Director spots are sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, please send Kerri Sanford, kerri@ks917.com, your student’s name and grade. *Spots may become available any time from now until November 14th, 2022.


The audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of JOHNNY APPLESEED will be held on NOVEMBER 14TH, 2022 from 12:30pm-2:30pm in the Auditorium at Bird Rock Elementary School. There are roles for students Kindergarten through 5th grade. Up to 4 students will be cast as Assistant Directors. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. All kids registered will participate in the show but are not guaranteed a role. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-minutes after the audition.

This is a group audition–no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile never hurts. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time!

Rehearsals will be conducted Monday through Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and 2:45pm to 4:45pm at BRE. On Friday, students will rehearse from 11:30am until the show. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role and be available for all scheduled performances. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4 hours and 15 minutes will be asked to bring a sack lunch, dinner or snack to be eaten during the 15-minute break between sessions.

The performances will be held on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2022 at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the Auditorium at Bird Rock Elementary.


There is a voluntary suggested donation of $50 per student. You may donate as much as you wish to sponsor another student or contribute to the production.


Anyone wishing to assist with checking kids in and out of auditions and rehearsals may sign up with Sign-up Genius!

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana. This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!  The residency in La Jolla is made possible by the Bird Rock Foundation with help from private donations.

For any questions please contact Kerri Sanford, Cell: 917-453-0095, kerri@ks917.com.

**A HUGE THANK YOU to Kelsi and Houman Ghajari for hosting the Missoula Theater directors during their stay. We are so grateful for your hospitality and support!**


Written by
Michael McGill
Jim Caron

Music and Lyrics by
Michael McGill
Jim Caron
Tom Ten Eyck
David Simmons

They say an apple never falls far from the tree, and we have Johnny and his good pals, the Apple Seeds, to thank for an ample abundance of apple trees! Johnny and his little buddies traveled across the land on foot, made friends with all kinds of people and animals, and slept under the twinkling stars. Their delicious, heartwarming adventures yielded orchards full of juicy, delectable fruit that took a crunchy bite out of hungry tummies across the west. Even a grumbly wolf is won over by the sweet taste of the apples and the kindness of friends. The tale of JOHNNY APPLESEED is a tasty reminder that kindness is at the core of friendship.