Rocky Mountain Classical Academy students starred in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Rapunzel Dec. 10. The renowned touring theatre team spent a week with students preparing for the play, providing costumes, props, makeup and other materials.
The charter school was granted nearly $2,300 by the theatre for the production, with the remaining funds being raised at the school-level through ticket sales. Dr. Steven Pomeroy, director of strategy, innovation, and development at RMCA, initially connected with the company, seeking resources to further develop the schools arts program.
On Monday, Dec. 5, 130 students auditioned for various roles, with 60 being cast in the musical. The cast rehearsed throughout the week, including Friday.“It shows their commitment level,” said Pomeroy.
The production was a twist on the classic tale of Rapunzel, a young girl with superfluous tresses who is trapped in a tower by Madame Gothel. Matty Schntitker, Missoula Children’s Theatre director and tour actor, narrated the musical, which included characters like wood elves, gremlins, unicorns, mushrooms and pixies.
“I watched some kids up there who have never really come out of their shell,” said Julie Siebert, music teacher, explaining that students learned to stand in front of a crowd. “These are moments the kids are going to look back on 20, 30 years from now.”
Dr. Pomeroy said that creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that students attained through their participation.