Paul Groves

Paul Groves

Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Red Riding Hood” are set for 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St.

A nonprofit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s October arts festival.

Students wishing to audition must arrive by 3 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 7:30 p.m. Rehearsals will be conducted 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon Saturday at the Columbia Theatre.

“Red Riding Hood” will be performed at the Columbia Theatre as part of the Pajamas and Play series in two performances at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and are available by calling (985) 549-4371 or visiting

“Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Roy Blackwood, executive director of Columbia Theatre. “Approximately 50 to 60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with a Missoula tour actor-director. Missoula will cast the young actors on Monday and get started right away teaching them lines, staging, songs and movement. By Saturday, the children will be ready to perform, complete with professionally designed costumes and scenery.”