Missoula Children's Theater Helps NSGB Children Get Lost in Space

Story Number: NNS170802-07Release Date: 8/2/2017 11:07:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner Jr., Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Children at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay participated in the Missoula Children's Theater production of Gulliver's Travels at the Windjammer ballroom, July 20, sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

Missoula Children's Theater travels to different military installations one week at a time to put on a theatrical presentation, with auditions one day and the performance just five days later.

"We go to all 50 states and 17 different countries," said Grace McGeoch, actor and director, Missoula Children's Theater. "Since January, I have done this same play 21 times."

The mission of Missoula Children's Theater is to develop life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.

"We aren't out here trying to find the next Brad Pitt," said McGeoch. "We are here to help develop those skills that they get by participating in events like this, such as teamwork and confidence. Being able to build something from nothing in just a week is incredible not only for us, but also for the kids."

"This was the first time I got to participate in a play," said Mark Palamino, one of the actors who played Gulliver. "I think the best part was when I got to act like a smaller person when I was in the giant territory."

The experience built not only life skills, but also friendships for many of the participants.

"I love the relationships it builds among the kids that generally last after we are gone," said Clinton Dickinson, tour actor and director, Missoula Children's Theater. "The experience gives kids a chance to meet kids that are around them and help them make lasting friendships."

One participant compared his previous theatrical experience at a co-op to the Missoula Children's Theater experience.

"With the co-op we had about three months, so the difference between the two experiences was that with just a week to learn everything, I had to practice a lot harder to do my best," said Zander Snedeker, participant. "I had a great time and it was a great play."

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