Kids Take to the Stage

NORFOLK – Thanks to the Norfolk Arts Center, a group of young actors are back on the stage.

Once a year the art center teams up with Missoula Children’s Theatre to put on a play for the community.

Missoula Children’s Theatre’s mission is to assist in the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.

Together they spend one week working with elementary, middle and high school kids.

Norfolk Arts Center Program Director Denice Hansen spoke about the program.

“It’s a pretty intense camp, but it’s a great learning opportunity and the kids really have a lot of fun.”

Monday a total of 45 kids tried out for a part in this year’s play, Gulliver’s Travels.

The children are now in the process of rehearsing until Friday.

Jacob Westby has one of the lead roles in the play, even at his young age, he appreciates the opportunity.

“They [Missoula Children’s Theatre] from Montana, so it’s a huge honor. To be able to take part in it, let alone a lead, it’s a huge honor.”

That honor is nothing new to people in Norfolk.

This program has a long history, according to Denice.

“So now we are getting to the point where families are coming in that are bringing their kids. The adults grew up doing children’s theatre and now they’re bringing their kids, so it’s a second generation coming in.”

It was easy to see that the children are enjoying themselves from the smiles on their faces, as they practice for their big performance.

If you want to see the final product, the play is Saturday at 3 pm and again at 5:30 pm in the Cox Theater, on the Northeast Community College Campus at 801 East Benjamin Ave in Norfolk.