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Missoula Theatre Names Cast, Prepares For Play

By Staff | Aug 1, 2012

Missoula Children’s Theatre tour directors Jessica Lynne Rigsby and Mike Bloom are shown with the main cast members of Jack and the Beanstalk. Back row from left: Nick Wood (Jack), Rigsby, Bloom, and Jentry Schultz (Giant). Front row: Haley Hizer (Jill), Kara Boggs (Milky White), Piper Gaines (Harp), and Kristen Arbogast (Mother). Performances are Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville.

What happens when a young boy plants magic beans in his own backyard? For Jack, it is the beginning of a great adventure. Audiences are invited to come along this Saturday, Aug. 4, when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and more than 50 local children present Jack And The Beanstalk. The performances will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville. Reserved seat tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12; general admission tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children and are available at the door.

Jessica Lynn Rigsby and Mike Bloom are the Tour Directors from MCT for Jack and the Beanstalk. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Rigsby holds a Bachelor of music degree in vocal performance with a Minor in theatre arts from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Some of her credits include: “Cathy” in The Last 5 Years; “The Witch” in Into The Woods; “Bloody Mary” in South Pacific; and most recently “Mrs. Pinkerton” in a regional premier of Pinkalicious the musical.

Mike Bloom is from Norwalk, Conn., a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., having received a dual degree in theatre and economics. He has been working in children’s theatre for the past five years, playing various roles, from “Alexander” in Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; to Mr. Pinkerton in Pinkalicious. He also has become heavily involved in improvisational comedy and has performed in many different improvisational capacities in the past six years.

The residency in New Martinsville is made possible by ArtsLink, Inc. with help from Hizer’s Mini Storage, Wal-Mart, the City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, Dominion, WETZ / WYMJ / WNRJ Radio, Ohio Valley Online, Witschey’s Supermarket, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the Montana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Please call the ArtsLink office at 304-455-2278 or Donna Earley at 304-337-9477 if you have any questions. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact them at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.