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Craig kids dive into rehearsals following auditions Monday

— With only four days of rehearsal before the show goes live, the kids who were cast for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "The Wizard of Oz" have no time to waste.

Cast of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The local cast features:

• Rachel Bolton as Dorothy

• Ryan Peck as the Lion

• Braedyn Barton as the Tin Man

• Rebekah Bolton as Toto

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• Alexander Nichols as the Professor/Wizard

• Emaleigh Papierski as Glinda

• Alexa Neton as the Wicked Witch

• Logan Hafey as Green Guard,

• Kallie Smith as Mayor Munchkin

• Cody Eckhoff as Farmer Munchkin

• Dozens more as Winkies, Magicians, Munchkins and Fierce and Ferocious Flowers

• Logan Malley, Seamus Byrnes, Allison Jacobson, and Rylie Felten as Assistant Directors

The only challenge for MCT directors Chris Wilkinson and Theresa Egloff at auditions Monday was how to pick only 64 out of the 78 kids who auditioned.

"They all wanted to be there, and they all wanted a part in the show, and they showed it. They made it very difficult for us to cast the show," Wilkinson said. "They all put 100 percent into everything they did."

Wilkinson and Egloff praised the group of kindergarten through fifth-grade students for their respectful and quiet behavior during the auditions.

Of the 64 kids who were cast, four will play the role of assistant directors, helping other kids memorize their lines, running sound and leading younger groups of children through their parts in the show.

Participants will rehearse from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday with a dress rehearsal Saturday morning. The performance times have been changed to 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

"Sometimes, I find myself in the middle of rehearsal saying, 'Oh my gosh, my job is playtime,' because I'm working with a bunch of young kids who are ready to do anything," Egloff said.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

Cast of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The local cast features:

• Rachel Bolton as Dorothy

• Ryan Peck as the Lion

• Braedyn Barton as the Tin Man

• Rebekah Bolton as Toto

• Alexander Nichols as the Professor/Wizard

• Emaleigh Papierski as Glinda

• Alexa Neton as the Wicked Witch

• Logan Hafey as Green Guard,

• Kallie Smith as Mayor Munchkin

• Cody Eckhoff as Farmer Munchkin

• Dozens more as Winkies, Magicians, Munchkins and Fierce and Ferocious Flowers

• Logan Malley, Seamus Byrnes, Allison Jacobson, and Rylie Felten as Assistant Directors

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