By Michelle Bigelbach
The Courier 

Theatre for Young Audiences Features Free Shows


With a goal of increasing visibility and awareness about the performing arts, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre is presenting a series of performances around the greater Northeast Montana region. Directed by Andy Meyers, The Last of the Dragons will be presented free of charge at various locations in Glasgow, Plentywood, Malta, Scobey and Poplar beginning Saturday, July 22.

Originally produced in 2006 by the celebrated and critically-acclaimed Manhattan Children’s Theatre, The Last of the Dragons tells a tale of bravery, intelligence and unexpected friendship in a fairy tale context.

The free presentations are part of FPST’s Theatre for Young Audience (TYA). TYA is designed to educate and enlighten youth, with a goal to bring visibility, excitement and awareness about the performing arts. TYA productions are approximately 45 minutes in length and are perfect for the entire family. Though it is geared towards children, those of all ages will be engaged and grow a love for the theatre.

The cast consists of Christen Etchart playing the princess, Jay Michael Roberts playing the prince, Chae Clearwood playing the nurse, John Knispel playing the valet, Andy Meyers playing the king, and Megan Wiltshire playing the voice of the dragon. Rounding out the cast is Debra Griebel as costume designer and Fritz McGlynn as stage manager and props designer. Clearwood is also the tour manager for the show.

The first showing will be on Saturday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, followed by a showing on Tuesday, July 25, at 2 p.m., at the Glasgow City-County Library. Other showings will be at the Sheridan County Library in Plentywood on Wednesday, July 26, at 2 p.m.; the Phillips County Museum in Malta on Thursday, July 27, at 2 p.m.; The Rex Theatre in Scobey on Friday, July 28, at 11:30 a.m., and at the Greet the Dawn Auditorium at the Fort Peck Community Center in Poplar on Saturday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m.


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