Local youth perform in new take on old tortoise vs. hare story

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Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year — the annual race between the Reptiles and the Mammals.

Elva K. Österreich/El Defensor Chieftain: Paul Lewis with the Missoula Children’s Theatre works with local children preparing for the upcoming Saturday performances of “The Tortoise Versus the Hare” in Socorro.

Audiences of all ages will get a fresh look at an old favorite this Saturday when the Missoula Children’s Theatre and local students present “The Tortoise Versus the Hare.”

Playing the title characters, Coach Shelley Bowlback and Curly Hare, are local students Teo Garner and Rose Carilli.

Others featured include Leandra Acosta as Esther Bunny, Esperanza Gonzales as Little Bonnie Bunny and the weasels played by Elizabeth Gabaldon, Carlos Hernandez and Brianna LaJennesse.

The ferrets are played by Elena Gonzales, Bryce Jacobs and Warren Kurtnaker. The reptiles are played by Jenna Guin, Wyatt Kurt, Jordan Markland, Cora McFadden, Hannah Samuels, Rio Sessions and Kateri Zamora. Brandon McFadden, Micaela Zamora and Carlissa Zamora will make up the thespian troupe.

Appearing as Curly’s posse are Diego Chavez, Alexandria Crespin, McKayla Fassett, Jora Garner and Gage Warnock-Nunez. The TV crew comprises Anna Ajmani, Maria Carilli and Sharice Rhodes. The Curly Hare Fan Club is played by Kayana Acosta, Curtis Brothers, Ariana Crespin, Amelia Gabaldon, Andre LaJennesse, Marcus Padilla and Sky Sessions. Wyatt Kurt and Brandon McFadden have served as assistant directors throughout the week.

“The Tortoise Versus the Hare” will be presented at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Finley Gym on McCutcheon Street. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for youth 17 and younger and are available at the door.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Socorro is presented locally by the city of Socorro, the Socorro Consolidated School District and the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series with support from M Mountain Coffee.

For more information, contact Ronna Kalish or Dana Chavez at 575-835-5688 or pas@admin.nmt.edu.

 

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