Eighty-nine pairs of eyes and ears were focused on guest directors Marta Knodle and Osmary Nieves at auditions on Monday for Blackbeard the Pirate. Singing, dancing, delivering lines and following directions were required to snag one of the 60 parts in the play. Photo by Laurelle Walsh

The Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Blackbeard the Pirate, featuring many local children in a variety of roles, will take the stage Saturday (Nov. 23) in shows at 3 and 7 p.m. at Methow Valley Elementary School.

Auditions for local roles were held this week, including Blackbeard and his crew of bearded pirates, sailors, cranky crabs and crocodiles, magical mermaids and seaweed creatures, parrots and beach bums.

Cost is $5 for children and $8 for adults. Free tickets are available for clients of The Cove, Room One, and the Methow Valley Senior Center at those establishments. For more information, call Methow Arts, 997-4004 or email

The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency is presented by Methow Arts Alliance. Local sponsors include The Chewuch Inn, Winthrop Kiwanis, the Methow Valley Fund, Public Schools Funding Alliance and the Methow Valley School District, with additional support by the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtsWA.