Mary (Rebecca Bosma

‘Garden’ springs to life in Port McNeill

Missoula Children's Theatre returns to Port McNeill with Secret Garden.

PORT McNEILL—The presence of talking geese and singing sheep here last weekend could mean only one thing — Missoula Children’s Theatre was back in Port McNeill.

The touring youth theatre company spent last week in the community, auditioning students from Grade 1 to 7 on Monday, rehearsing through the week, then putting on two shows of The Secret Garden Saturday at Gate House Community Theatre.

The play featured 32 Port McNeill youth, many of them appearing on stage for the first time. Missoula Theatre actor-directors Erin Norlie and Alex Kowalchik traveled with the full complement of costumes and sets used in the production.

Pianist Misty Smith provided accompaniment for the singing numbers, always a staple of Missoula productions.

The tour was hosted, as always, by Kathy and Allan Martin and sponsored with help from Dr. David and Robin Baird, Gate House Community Association and the Andrew Mahon Foundation.