Number 1: To be "loud and clear."
Number 2: To be "big and expressive."
Number 3: To be "able to listen and follow directions."
Turns out, all 28 local youth who tried out Monday morning for this music-themed production brought to town by
In addition to The Pied Piper, the roles are a girl named Sarah whom "nobody likes," the mayor's son and daughter, four town council members, two townsfolk, six cooks charged with the task of constantly feeding the ever-hungry mayor, 12 "cute and cuddly rats who have infested the town and made it horrible" and the mayor, played by Missoula staffer
Diederich is joined by fellow Missoula staffer
Rehearsals started as soon as auditions were completed Monday morning and continue all week.
At auditions, participants were arranged in size, revealing participants as young as 5 and as old at 16.
Once arranged, the first audition exercise required them to say their names using various demeanors.
One direction was to say it like they'd just "won a trip to
Another was to say it like "their little brother won a trip to
As the "audition games" continued, the potential cast members got less inhibited and more expressive as they tried out such lines as "I hereby proclaim that all ice cream should be chocolate or vanilla," "the opera was terrible" and "my dad could beat up your hamster."
There was also a little singing, a little movement and both at the same time.
"This, ladies and gentlemen, is musical theatre," Gregory said, as he instructed the smaller children to "relax like a noodle" and act like he was pulling a string on the top of their heads.
"The Pied Piper" will be performed at
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