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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • ‘King Arthur’ comes to town

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  • The Nebraska City Fine Arts Committee, with funding help from the Nelson Family Foundation, presented the Missoula Children’s Theater performance of “King Arthur’s Quest” at the Nebraska City High School auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 9.
    Nearly 50 youth spent last week participating in the annual Missoula Children’s Theater at the Nebraska City High School.  
    And their hard work paid off over the weekend with two public performances.  
    This is the 19th year for the Missoula Children’s Theater in Nebraska City.  
    The traveling theater program spends each summer going from town to town, auditioning thousands of children to fill spots in a particular play.  
    Auditions were held Monday morning, with the cast list set by that afternoon.  
    In the space of five days, the youth learned lines, songs, and choreography, all taught by two adult directors.  This summer, the directors were Vicki Pace and Augustus Bennett.  
    Their week in Nebraska City is their eighth week of production this summer.
    Pace and Bennett arrived in town Sunday evening in a little red truck, the standard Missoula Children’s Theater form of transportation.  The truck houses everything the directors need for the week, including costumes, make up, props, and scenery.  
    The Missoula Children’s Theater is sponsored by the Nebraska City Fine Arts Committee and funded with help from the Nelson Family Foundation.   
    The Missoula Children’s Theater presents performances all over the United States and Canada.  Their mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
    Players included Ian Noel as King Arthur; Marissa Green-Rutldge as Guinevere; Collin Tierra as Sir Lancelot; Easton Banik as Merlin; Hannah Knox as Taleisin; Brady Banik as the Ghost of Uther Pendragon; Xander Monson as Mordred; Piper Monson as Morgan Le Fey; and McKenna Jones as the Lady of the Lake.
    The Knights of the Round Table were Cathy Shawhan as Sir Galahad; Ellie Higgins as Sir Dinadin; Lindsay Tierra as Sir Kay; Alexa Turner as Sir Yvain; Kaelyn Noel as Sir Gawain; and Fernando Dominguez as Sir Erec.  Damsels of the First Order were Natalie Turner, Aaliyah Shallenberger, Macy Neumeister, Lilly Frields, Brooke Banik, and Angelica Stiles.  Hailey Tierra was the Damsel of the Second Order.  The Squires were played by Anden Werner as the White; Christian Tietz as the Black; Avery Klotz as the Blue; Eli McNeely as the Red; Gabby Chance as the Green; and Kylin Embrey as the Yellow.
    The citizens of Camelot, known as Camelotians, were Lucy Chaney, Cora Krog, Ben Chance, Blake Nelson, Hayden Beccard, Nick Brown, Paul Shawhan, Mason Nickolson, Taggert Nickolson, and Kaylee Manion.  The Minis were Tiffany Otterness, Tiger Lily Weaver, Jayden Adams, Jovie Lavin, Madisen Tietz, Grace McNeely, and Nolan Beccard.
    Page 2 of 2 - Assistant Directors for King Arthur’s Quest were Matthew Roettger, Will Jones, Chloe Higgins, and Katie Nielson.  Sound and Lights were done by Gavin Nielson and Nicole Collins.  Tammy Partsch was the accompanist.  
    Two Missoula Children’s Theater actors also participated in the show.  Playing the Keeper of the Keep, the Recalcitrant Giant, and the Intractable Dragon was Tour Actor/Director Augustus Bennett.  Victoria Pace directed the production.

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