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Calling all kids.

The Missoula Children’s Theater is looking for 50-60 children to perform in local productions of “Sleeping Beauty.”

Two teams from the Montana theater group will visit DODDS schools in Germany in the next six weeks.

They will conduct auditions at each at the beginning of the week and put on a final production at the end.

The teams will be in Wiesbaden, Kitzingen, Giessen/Butzbach, Ansbach, Bamberg, Hanau, Vilseck, Schweinfurt and Hohenfels.

The theater company was founded about 30 years ago to introduce children to the performing arts. Each year it visits about 800 locations, taking along its own set, makeup, costumes, props and lighting and sound equipment.

Kids are cast individually or in groups based on their skill and interest.

The visit to Europe costs about $50,000 and is being funded by U.S. Army Europe Entertainment.

“Last year they were just outstanding,” said Jim Sohre, USAREUR entertainment director. “We chose them not just for their theatrical and teaching skills, but also for their people skills. They’re real team builders and make the children work hard.”

Sohre said the program also helps bring together people whose families have been broken up by deployments to the Persian Gulf.

“There’s more emphasis today on taking care of the total Army family,” Sohre said. “This teaches teamwork and artistic skills. Kids work as a group but can also develop their own talents.

“It gets the whole community involved. Usually the children’s parents are hanging around the theaters. It gives them an extended family and also gives them a diversion to keep their spirits high.”

The teams’ schedule and local contacts are:

• April 21-26 — Wiesbaden: Charlie Fontana, DSN 336-2473, charles.fontana@104asg.mwr.army.mil; Kitzingen: Garland Travis, DSN 355-8370, garland.travis@cmtymail.98asg.army.mil• April 28-May 3 — Giessen/Butzbach: David Turner, DSN 343-6515, david.turner@104asg.mwr.army.mil; Ansbach: Vikki Hanrahan, DSN 468-7636, victoria.hanrahan@cmtymail.98asg.army.mil• May 5-10 — Bamberg: Jack Austin, DSN 469-8647, austinjh@cmtymail.98asg.army.mil; Hanau: Bill Hauserman, DSN 322-8031, william.hauserman@hanau.army.mil• May 12-17 — Vilseck: Neville Paschall, DSN 476-3435, neville.paschall@cmtymail.100asg.army.mil; Schweinfurt, Rachel Stone, DSN 354-6090, rachel.stone@cmtymail.98asg.army.mil• May 19-24 — Hohenfels: Arlana Young, DSN 466-4533, arlana.young@cmtymail.100asg.army.mil.


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