October 2017 marks the Missoula Community Theatre’s 19th season in the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Since that moment when Tevye (Jim Caron) walked onstage for opening night of “Fiddler on the Roof” in October of 1998, the MCT stage has been filled with characters who are poignant, funny, heart-breaking, believable and unbelievable. To celebrate the wide variety of stories to be told, the eras from when they were written and to offer new family-friendly fare, the Missoula Community Theatre announces the 2017-2018 season!
October starts off with “Mamma Mia!” — a musical production based on the songs of ABBA, the Swedish Pop group. Their extremely popular music from the 1970s has helped make this one of the longest-running shows on Broadway. Also made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried, this story is a bit of silly fun, colorful characters and costumes, with lively dance numbers and music that will make it difficult for the audience to stay in their seats. This may be the perfect time (only time?) to dig out the bell-bottom pants and come to the theater.
“A Christmas Carol: The Musical” is next up in December for a three-week run for this traditional holiday story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. This is the only show in the season that MCT has produced before (December 2009), yet this one will have its own unique twists and vision, while honoring the familiar story, suitable for families to enjoy together for the holidays.
With January comes our collective desire to begin anew, while looking back at the past year. MCT is doing the same, but reaching farther back in time to the last century with “Happy Days, A New Musical”. Based on the popular television sitcom of the same name, this musical version has all the familiar characters we know and love: Richie, Potsie, Ralph, Pinky Tuscadero and of course … Fonzie! After packing away the bell-bottoms, search again for some poodle skirts and high-water jeans.
The mention of Alfred Hitchcock brings to mind everything from black birds ready to peck out the eyes of innocent visitors to mysterious and suspense-filled murders. But Hitchcock had quite a funny bone. “The 39 Steps” is MCT’s non-musical production in spring 2018, starring 150 characters … played by four actors. That’s right. A mad-cap, who-dun-it, Monty Python-style comedy full of twists, turns and apparently hyphens. The show has been produced in more than 40 countries and received six Tony Award nominations in the 2008 Broadway run. Recommended for ages 13 and older.
The final show of the season? Drum roll … Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”. The musical features the beautiful and lyrical Ariel, dashing Prince Eric, and Ariel’s faithful friends Sebastian the Crab, Flounder and Scuttle the Seagull, who will provide the perfect evening or matinee outing for children of all ages!
All performances are at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets at mctinc.org, by phone at 406-728-7529 or at the MCT Box Office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.