Students bring The Pied Piper to the stage

 

March 28, 2019

Diana Zimmerman

The Pied Piper (Cadence Guest) was not pleased that the Town of Hamelin refused to pay 1,000 guilders for rat removal services, so she charmed and spirited the children away as well.

Missoula Children's Theatre returned to town last week to put on a performance of The Pied Piper with children from Wahkiakum School District.

Auditions were on Monday, and students of all ages spent the week learning their lines, places, and songs.

There were two performances on Saturday in the Wahkiakum High School gym.

Cadence Guest was the Pied Piper, Novella Hokkanen was Sara, A.J. Russell was the mayor's son, Abigail McKay-Beach was the mayor's daughter, Marius Wynn was the mayor's youngest. Genevieve Fleming, MacKenzie Murray, Patrick Thompson, Montana Stephens, and Leah Clark were council members. Tamara Klienhans, Evelynn Miller, and Nevaeh LoVoie played the cooks. Hannah Stebbins, Eloise Plank, Gracie LaVoie, Shiloh Hoven, Zephaniah Robert, Kyleigh Cothren, and Colin Odom were the town's children. Alyssa McKay-Beach, Olivia Johnson, Keely Cothren, Nimue Schultz, Ashleigh Montgomery, and Kevin Johnson were rats.

Nancy Nelson played the piano.

The MCT directors this year were Ryan Pierce and Melissa Trentacoste. Pierce studied theater at a small college in Iowa and Trentacoste studied theater at Cornell University.


Diana Zimmerman

Keely Cothren, left, and Nimue Schultz were two of six rats in the Pied Piper. The other four rats were played by Alyssa McKay-Beach, Olivia Johnson, Ashleigh Montgomery, and Kevin Johnson.

 

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