Photo by Marcy Stamper
About 50 students will perform in The Missoula Children’s Theatre’s upcoming performance of “The Secret Garden.” Students from first grade through high school will take part in this fully staged production.

“The Secret Garden,” with a star-studded cast of local students, takes the stage at Methow Valley Elementary School on Saturday (Nov. 10) with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre performance features about 50 student actors from first grade through high school in a fully staged production complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. Students have been rehearsing for the past week under the guidance of professional actors in preparation for Saturday’s performances.

“The Secret Garden” is a joyful retelling of a story of hope and celebration and all good things in life. Mistress Mary Quite Contrary embarks on a journey from India to her uncle’s home in England. In time she learns to appreciate everything around her, including the Moor Animals and the helpful Fireflies. Add to that a good healthy dose of daring, and what happens? The whole household begins to enjoy the return of health and happiness in a garden carefully tended, until it blossoms once more.

Performances for the community will be in the Methow Valley Elementary School Commons. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students 6-18, and free for children under 5. Free tickets are available to clients of The Cove, Room One and the Methow Valley Senior Center at those locations.

Missoula Children’s Theatre is a touring company brought to the Methow Valley by Methow Arts, to provide students an opportunity to experience live theater.