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The Grand 1894 Opera House
News Release
Monday, February 20, 2012

OPEN AUDITIONS for The Tortoise Versus The Hare
Presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre
Friday, April 9, 2012  |  4:30pm

Auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of THE TORTOISE VERSUS THE HARE will be held on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 4:30pm at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. There are roles for students in Kindergarten through High School.  Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show, but there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition.

This is a group audition - no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile never hurts!  Students should just be ready to come and have a good time!

Rehearsals will be conducted every day from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston culminating with two presentations of the show at The Grand Kids Festival. The performances will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11am and 1pm, and will be presented on stage at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

The Missoula Children's Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana. This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!  The residency in Galveston is made possible by Target with help from sponsors of The Grand’s Serious Fun Children’s Series programs.

The Grand Kids Festival was created as a “friend-raiser” for The Grand 1894 Opera House and its children’s programming. Now in its 17th year, the festival was designed as an avenue to introduce children and families to the arts. Saturday’s festival will feature six entertainment areas, three blocks of activity and vendor booths as well as the petting zoo, a rock wall, inflatable attractions, a bubble pond, chalk art and more.

Sponsors for the 2012 festival (to date) include: The McGovern Foundation, Jamail Galveston Foundation, Yaga’s Children’s Fund, The Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, Center Point Energy, the Commodore Hotel – Galveston, Houston Family Magazine, The Party Connection, and Company, and Lyda Ann Quinn Thomas, as well as many friends of the festival and in-kind donors.

Festival admission on Saturday April 14, 2012 is $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for children; free for children 4 years and younger. Half-price advance festival tickets (family four-pack for only $8.00) are available at The Grand’s box office. Full-price tickets may be purchased at the festival gates.  Admission to the Friday evening event is $10.00 per person and includes admission to both Friday and Saturday’s events. Admission to Saturday’s festival includes entrance to the performances of The Tortoise and The Hare presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre on The Grand’s stage.  Additional fees may be charged for some activities.

The Grand is located at 2020 Postoffice Street in historic downtown Galveston. The Grand 1894 Opera House is recognized as “The Official Opera House of the State of Texas.” All major credit cards accepted.

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