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This summer at The Paramount for TWO weeklong residencies!
Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is a world renowned children’s theatre company based in Missoula, Montana, and has been touring for more than 35 years.  A team of two professional tour actor/directors will arrive in Charlottesville with scenery, costumes, props, make-up and basic lighting – everything it takes to put on a play….except the cast.  The residency begins with an audition.  *50-60 students, grades 1-12 are cast and well-rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography that will culminate into an original, musical production.  Assistant Directors are also cast to aid in rehearsals and take on essential backstage responsibilities. For more information about MCT, go to: www.mctinc.org/.

Web Event - Gullivers TravelsGULLIVER’S TRAVELS

Residency Week 6/20 – 6/25, 2016

• Auditions:  Monday 6/20, 10 am – 12 pm
• Rehearsals: Monday 6/20 – Friday 6/24, 10 am – 2:30 pm
• Public Performance:  Saturday 6/25, 12 Noon (Dress Rehearsal call at 8 AM)

Conceived and Written by Michael McGill
Music and Lyrics by Michael McGill

With his ship wrecked and his trusty computer JCN on the fritz, brave explorer Gulliver finds himself lost in space with nothing but an Invisible Force to guide him! While transporting from world to world, under the control of the Maniacal Scientist of Lapunta, Gulliver discovers fighting aliens, arrogant Horse Leaders of the foolish Yahoos, larger-than-life royalty (in more ways than one) and robots – all who need just as much help from Gulliver as Gulliver needs from them!   Tune in as this sci-fi spin of the timeless tale of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS will take you out-of-this world!

Web Event - Alice in WonderlandALICE IN WONDERLAND

Residency Week 6/27 – 7/2, 2016

• Auditions:  Monday 6/27, 10 am – 12 pm
• Rehearsals: Monday 6/27 – Friday 7/1, 10 am – 2:30 pm
• Public Performance:  Saturday 7/2, 12 Noon (Dress Rehearsal call at 8 AM)

Music by David W. Simmons
Lyrics by Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and David W. Simmons

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND, an original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The story begins with Alice and her older sister Margaret reading together. Margaret becomes frustrated as Alice is curious about absolutely everything. Suddenly, a White Rabbit appears from nowhere. After a quick and nonsensical conversation, Alice follows the rabbit to a strange and wonderful place. In the course of her adventures, Alice meets a band of Flowers, the King and Queen of Hearts, the Knave and the rest of the suit of Cards, a giant Caterpillar, a Fish, a Frog, the Duchess, the Cook, the Cheshire Cat, the Gryphon, the Mock Turtle, a group of singing Lobsters, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse and Humpty Dumpty. Through it all, Alice grows “curiouser and curiouser” as to where she is and even who she is. In the end, the answers she seeks are unimportant. Wonderland is all nonsense, anyway. As the White Rabbit explains, “Nonsense is fun!”



Both Residency weeks have available spots for Assistant Directors (10 and older). Gulliver’s Travels has a limited number of acting spots for ages 10 and older.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list for either residency week, please contact Cathy von Storch at (434) 293-1000 or cathyvonstorch@theparamount.net.

Open to youth (rising 1st – 12th grade).

Registration is required and opened on March 28, 2016.

Registration Form – Download Here! MCT Residency Registration Important Information – 2016

Participation Fee: $75 per camper. There is a discount of $15 for families of 3 or more.

All who register will be guaranteed a part in the cast, up until the point the cast fills.  Early registration is encouraged!

Specific roles will be assigned at the audition.  Everyone registered must attend the audition.

No advance preparation is necessary for the audition, but a smile and loud voice never hurt!  It is a “group audition”.  Participants should be ready to come and have a good time!

Rehearsal consists of two 2-hour sessions with a 30-minute lunch break in between each day. The first 2-hour rehearsal will begin after audition for only some of the cast members and the Assistant Directors (AD).

Please note that not all cast members are required at every rehearsal.  More details about rehearsal schedule will be included with the Registration Form.  A complete rehearsal schedule will also be given to cast at conclusion of audition. 

Performance Day: There will be one performance at the end of each residency.  Performance day will begin with a Dress Rehearsal and cast/ADs will be called 4 hours prior to show time.

Show Tickets will go on sale in late April: $5 / Youth & $10 / Adults.  Show tickets are not included with the Participation Fee.


Here’s what some of the parents of past Missoula participants at The Paramount have to say…

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“….The performances were amazing. It is incredible how much was accomplished in a week!…”

“….there was such a sense of community and teamwork – the children were all part of something bigger than just themselves – and I think they felt very proud of their accomplishments when the day was over….”


missoula playbill kids“…..My daughters couldn’t wait to go to rehearsal every day. They knew the whole play by the end of the week and were so excited to perform for whoever would listen. I watched many of the -practices and was impressed by how age-appropriate the teaching was and by how there was not a second of time wasted. The children knew exactly what they were going to accomplish each day and really had fun learning all of what goes into putting on a musical….”

“…I really can’t say enough about our family’s experience at the Paramount this summer. My children thoroughly enjoyed it and the Paramount will always be a special place to them as well. This was the highlight of their summer. They gained confidence to try new things and the opportunity to enjoy performing in front of a crowd- invaluable life lessons that I, as a parent, am so glad they learned….”


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  • Student Rush Persons with a valid student ID or proof of enrollment are eligible to purchase remaining tickets to all Paramount Presents performances at a 50% discount at the Box Office 45 minutes prior to show time.
  • Youth/Child Tickets Youth/Child tickets are for patrons ages 12 and younger. All children must have a ticket (no "babes in arms").
  • Group Sales Groups of 20 or more attending Paramount performances receive a 10% discount on the price of tickets (not valid for all shows). The complete order for a group should be placed at one time. Please contact the Box Office at 434.979.1333 for more information.

Support for the Arts

Thank you to The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts for their generous support of The Paramount Theater.

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Box Office:

Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 2pm
Phone: 434.979.1333

Will Call window opens 2 hours before an event and 1 hour before movies/broadcasts.

Administrative Office:

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
Phone: 434.979.1922
Email: info@theparamount.net