By Patricia Harris, CLEOS Fort Detrick-Forest Glen
Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) located at Fredrick and Forest Glen partnered with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to provided theatrical training to school age children from 1st to 5th grade. This joint effort gave the children an opportunity to enrich minds through performing arts, during the week of July 9-13, 2012.
This partnership reflects the programming of the SKIES Unlimited program which promotes the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through the participation in this unique, educational project.
The Missoula Group sent two team members with a stage setting, , costumes, props, make-up, and everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. Auditions were conducted and cast members were selected for various parts to perform in the production. Rehearsal took place throughout the week. On Saturday, July 14, 2012, family and friends were invited to “The Pied Piper” performance, a twist on the classic story. The excitement of the participants, family and friends from the beginning to the end was an enjoyable site to see.