Briefs for Jan. 6, 2012: Missoula Children’s Theatre tryouts set

A touring theater is seeking children in kindergarten through sixth grade to audition for its production of “The Tortoise Versus the Hare.”

Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. No advance preparation for the audition is necessary.

The group is seeking more than 50 local children to participate. There are no guarantees that everyone who auditions for the play will be cast.

Rehearsals will take place every day from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Jan. 18 through Jan. 20 at the MCHS auditorium.

Additional rehearsals will be scheduled for Jan. 21, or the day of the performances.

Not all cast members will be needed at each session, but children who audition must have a clear schedule for the entire week and be able to attend all rehearsals required for their roles.

The Memorial Hospital and The Memorial Hospital Foundation are sponsoring the performance. For more information, call Jennifer Riley at 826-3109 or Michele Chalmers at 824-5522.

Farm Girls slated to meet today

Hens and Chicks, the local chapter of the Farm Girls club, meets for a potluck from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the basement of St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St.

The event is open to anyone, and attendees are asked to bring a dish to share.

The group will be making New Year’s goal posters, and attendees also should bring poster board and magazines.

For more information, call 826-2881.

Author featured at book reading

Denver resident Linda Petrie Bunch will be available at 1 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., for a book signing and book reading.

Bunch is the author of “A Snow Day For Hannah,” released in October 2011.

The subject of the book — Bunch’s Bernese mountain dog Hannah — also will be at the book reading.

She will have another reading at Off the Beaten Path in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, in Steamboat Springs.

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