By Kaytrina Curtis, Hunter Army Airfield Public AffairsAugust 27, 2009
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - Cast members nervously waited backstage, elaborately costumed to put on the performance of their young lives. Missoula Children's Theatre, a non-profit organization, came back to the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield area and for the first time, the troupe visited the children of Hunter. Forty children joined the theater production team and stepped onto the stage at the Hunter Theatre to show off their acting, singing and dancing skills to Family and friends, Aug. 22.
The classic tale of Cinderella was sung to musical numbers throughout the play by thespians ages 5 to 16. The MCT actors and directors practiced with the "up and coming" performers for a week, four hours a day, to get the children's parts just right. The lines of the play were designed to be easy to remember.
Family Member Connor McLaughlin expressed nervousness before the show began and said his lines were not too difficult to learn.
"It took me three nights to memorize them all and get them down," he said. "They were all rhyming lines."
School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills (SKIES) Unlimited Instructional Program Specialist Julie Isaza said the show received an overwhelming response from the community.
"The Hunter community is starting to see that Child and Youth School Services is offering more programs on Hunter," she said. "We hope to have this program back again next year, based on the participation we received this year."
Isaza added that she would love to see more programs in the performing arts for Hunter's military youth.
Currently, CYSS is in the process of offering piano and voice lessons to the youth in the community at Hunter.