‘Blackbeard’ children’s theater production coming to Braumart

From left, Juliet Newman, Macy Giesau, Mary Lundholm and Carina Newman practice their lines for the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Blackbeard the Pirate,” to be presented at the Braumart Theatre in Iron Mountain on Saturday. A team of tour actors/directors held auditions on Monday with rehearsals taking place Tuesday through Friday. Performances will be at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — What starts as a lazy day at the beach quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the hunt for Blackbeard’s treasure begins.

Tales both past and present will take the audience as well on a search for just where the legendary pirate and his crew hid their untold riches.

The public is invited to catch this journey when the Missoula Children’s Theater presents “Blackbeard the Pirate,” with a cast of local children, Saturday at the Braumart Theatre in Iron Mountain.

After rehearsing for just four hours a day for five days, they will present two productions, at 3 and 6 p.m.

The Missoula, Montana-based group is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre company and has been doing productions extensively for more than 40 years. This will be their third year in Iron Mountain, said Jinx Brew, executive director of the Braumart Theatre.

A team of tour actor/directors arrives in town with a set, lights, costumes, props and makeup, everything to put on a production. All shows are adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairy tales.

The cast is made up of students from first through 12th grades who learn lines, songs and choreography that culminate in a musical production by week’s end.

“We are only three days into rehearsals and they already know the production,” Brew said. “So they are just working to polish it up.”

The local cast features Anja Kleiman as Blackbeard; Mya Watkins, Tommy Lundholm, Allie Person, Anna Lundholm and Mireya Kalcec as his bearded pirate crew; Liliana Brown, Callie Alwine, Stella Mindok, Carli Bischoff and Justine Geldmeyer as the sailors; and Emily Hassell, Delaney Fortner, Baylee Koski, Krystal Cayemberg, Joplynn Moser and Conn Davis as the beach bums.

A gang of nautical creatures also join the fun: Joey Lundholm, Ethan Servia, Conor Nelson, Lillian Olson and Bella Person as the cranky crabs; Micah Brewster and Carline Mathis as the cantankerous crocodiles; Natalia Mandia, Sydney Swanson, Carina Newman, Juliet Newman, Adeline Alwine, Mary Lundholm and Macy Giesau as the melodious mermaids; Henry Chapman, Ivy Brewster, Kerianna Hayes and Norah Land as the secretive seaweed creatures; and Ben Lundholm, Violet Land, Freya Hayes, Adalynne Gendron, Weston Gruss and Sonja Hayes as the precocious parrots.

Zoey Haanpaa, Carly Smith, Bowen Moser and Miabella Mandia have served as assistant directors and technical crew throughout the week.

Directors from the Missoula Children’s Theatre this year are Lindsey Wayne from West Virginia and Sarah Lynne Price of Tennessee, recent theater graduates who signed up with Missoula Theatre for a year, Brew said. This will be their sixth show, with the next stop in Cooks, Michigan.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the Braumart Box Office and at the door.

“I encourage everyone to come to the Braumart and see how amazing these young actors are,” Brew said.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Iron Mountain is sponsored by Friends of the Braumart with support from CCI Systems, Constellation Community Champions, Iron Mountain-Kingsford Kiwanis, Dr. Nelson Hassell, Dianna and John Jamar, and Lynn Iverson.

For more information, call the Braumart box office at 906-239-9002.

Terri Castelaz can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 39, or tcastelaz@ironmountaindailynews.com.