DORSET - Auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Pinocchio" will be held on Monday, Jan. 20 from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse.

There are roles for those students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Directors. There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition.

This is a group audition - no advance preparation is necessary. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time. Rehearsals will be conducted Tuesday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m -8:30 p.m. at The Dorset Playhouse. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4-1/2 hours of rehearsal will be asked to bring a bag lunch, dinner or snack.

Performances will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will be presented at The Dorset Playhouse. The students in the cast will be called for dress rehearsal before the performance that day. All those cast must be available for all scheduled performances.

The Missoula Children's Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Mont. The residency in Dorset is made possible by the Dorset Players with help from community businesses and members. In order to cover ever-increasing production costs not covered by corporate and individual sponsors, there will be a fee of $35 for each child who agrees to participate as a cast member in this show. Payment of the $35 fee should be made on Monday evening after the cast assignments have been made. Should this fee pose a financial problem, talk to one of Players' Producers about the availability of a scholarship.

For more information, contact Sheila Conway at the Dorset Players' office between 10 and 2 p.m., Monday-Friday at 802-867-5570 or e-mail info@dorsetplayers.com.