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The Missoula Children's Theatre fleet of trucks just got a little bigger - and newer.

Thanks to Ford Motor Co. and Bitterroot Motors, MCT received five new Ford F-150 trucks Friday for its international tour.

The trucks were handed over to MCT at a ceremony that featured Sen. Max Baucus, who helped secure the vehicles, as well as Kathy Ogren of Bitterroot Motors, Peter Arapis of Ford, and Jim Caron and Don Collins from MCT.

"The Missoula Children's Theatre is a wonderful organization and Ford Motor Company is proud to be able to support their worthwhile efforts," said Ziad Ojakli, group vice president for Ford, in a news release. "The logistics of an undertaking like MCT's are enormous, and if we can provide the most reliable truck on the road to help facilitate their programs, we are more than happy to step in and do so."

The Missoula Children's Theatre and its fleet of traveling vehicles are featured in the award-winning documentary "The Little Red Truck," which is scheduled for release this summer.

MCT has been touring for more than 35 years, visiting more than 1,200 communities annually in all 50 states, four Canadian provinces and 16 countries.

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