By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — It was quite amazing, really.
Twenty-three young people showed up at Colfax Lutheran Church on the morning of Monday, August 13, and by Friday at 5 p.m., they were ready to put on the Missoula Children’s Theatre play in the Colfax Municipal Building auditorium, “Blackbeard the Pirate,” complete with a set, costumes, props, makeup, dialogue and singing and dancing.
The cast for Blackbeard included a narrator, Blackbeard and his sidekick, parrots, sailers, mermaids, slimy seaweed creatures and beach bums as well as an assistant director.
Blackbeard was played by Aydren Beebe.
Peachfuzz (Blackbeard’s sidekick) was played by Ashley Solberg.
The beach bums were played by Emma Hurlburt and Sara Edwards.
Lieutenant Maynard was played by Eli Ralph.
Lieutenant Maynard’s fellow sailor was played by Audrey Ebert.
The Crabby Crabs were played by Megan Christensen and Lydia Polkoski.
The Mermaids were played by Baylee Beebe, Liliana Marcou, Jaeden Knutson and Jaelyn Buchholz.
The Seaweed Creatures were played by Graeson Osterberg, Sam Ralph and Griffin Burcham.
The Parrots were played by Olivia Kragness, Sophia Warder, Lia Ralph, Michael Christensen, Ella Weinberger, Jonah Oster and Jackson Herrick.
The Assistant Director was Leilah Hurlburt.
Leilah Hurlburt worked exclusively backstage making sure none of the actors missed their cues and helping the parrots keep their enthusiasm in check between their appearances on stage.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre directors were Sarah Price and Lindsey Wayne.
Lindsey Wayne played “Sam the Clam” from backstage, and Sarah Price played the narrator on stage.
The accompanist on the Colfax Municipal Building auditorium’s piano was Jo Carlson of Spring Valley.
“Blackbeard the Pirate” was sponsored by the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group.
Troy Knutson, the restoration group’s events coordinator, says the Missoula Children’s Theatre production provided exactly the kind of experience he was hoping for to allow young people to have a positive experience in the Colfax Municipal Building auditorium.
CMBRG has spent more than $100,000 upgrading the electrical service in the building and renovating the auditorium.
The newest upgrade to the auditorium were ceiling fans installed several days before rehearsals for “Blackbeard” started in the auditorium.
“Why did we spend the money and go through all of the work if no one is ever going to use the auditorium?” Knutson says.
Concessions for “Blackbeard the Pirate” were provided by the Colfax Commercial Club.
The next scheduled performance in the Colfax Municipal Building auditorium is Poppa Bear Norton featuring former Colfax resident Bronson Bergeson and Zack Norton on October 28, at 3 p.m.
CMBRG and the Colfax Commercial Club are working on plans for other events in the auditorium this fall as well, so keep an eye on the Colfax Messenger for details.