Missoula Children's Theatre presents "Tortoise and the Hare"
The Greatest Race
Two performances on Saturday, August 12 3 pm & 7 pm
Conceived and Written by Jim Caron
Music by Greg Boris
Lyrics by Jim Caron
Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Mammals and the Reptiles. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. There’s a real animosity between these creatures. As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, the mammals and reptiles join in the search…together. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that it’s easy to get along, if you just try. In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.
Tickets are $10 reserved (A Section), $5 general (B Section), and free for kids 12 and under with a paid adult.
For further information, call the center at 541-994-9994.