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Missoula Children's Theatre musical
set for two performances Saturday

 Jim Caron, executive director of Missoula Children's Theatre, is shown here working with Seeley-Swan students two years ago for a musical production here. For the past three weeks, Caron and co-workers have been working up another musical, "America," that will be performed in a matinee and evening performance Saturday. G. Noland file photo

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
April 8, 1999

Missoula Children's Theatre executive director Jim Caron opens the doors here Saturday for two productions of a "firecracker of a musical" performed by around 30 Seeley-Swan High School and Seeley Lake Elementary students.

Caron, who last directed "Whiz of the West" with Seeley Swan students two years ago, returns with a "feel good" musical titled "America" that he's been rehearsing daily with students here for the past three weeks.

The students are doing a "cracker-jack job with tons of materials," Caron said, adding that there will be two performances of the musical, the first at 4 p.m. this Saturday, April 10, and the second later in the evening at 7 p.m. Both performances are at the old gymn at Seeley-Swan High School.

Caron, who wrote the musical himself, described it as a "...telling of American History in pageant style with lots of music and comedy."

The musical, about one hour in length, touches on well known pivotal events in American history, but also has a good dose of "trivia and goofy stuff," Caron added.

Co-directing the performances with Caron are Michael McGill and Mary Rooney. Jill Larson of Seeley Lake is accompanying on the piano. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.

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