Arts in Missoula: UM drama, film festival, musical revue | Arts & Theater

Missulian Staff

The season opener of the University of Montana School of Theater and Dance, the classic love story of Tennessee Williams, continues its run at the Masquer Theater.

Performance times are October 3-6 and October 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Masquer Theater on campus. Matinees at 2 p.m. will take place on October 7 and 14.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $16 for students and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 406-243-4581 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or online at

(Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7)

The tagline for the fourth annual festival is “Take the time. Watch the movies,” practically challenging you to stop pretending you don’t watch TV shows at home on your couch. Filmmakers brought both local acclaimed indie films (“Wildlife,” based on Richard Ford’s novel of Great Falls); and international (“I am not a witch”, a parable of contemporary African life). See our full preview for more highlights.

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Local art collective Von Common welcomes an outside filmmaker/videographer for a screening of her film. They describe “Desierto en tu mente” (“Desert in Your Mind”) as a “surreal Super-8 road movie set around California, Barcelona and Mallorca”. Plus, you can see short films by Amie Shea and Ian Carstens. All programming begins at 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theater and is free.

(Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 5-6)

For “Broadway Beat,” a musical revue courtesy of the Missoula Children’s Theater, listen to songs like “I Whistle a Happy Tune” (“The King and I”) and “Seasons of Love” (“Rent”) and “For Good (“Wicked”) performed by a cast of 16 students in grades three through six.

Performances will be Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 at 3 and 5 p.m. at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, go to MCTinc.org406-728-7529 or the MCT box office.

The poet Bitterroot Salish, now in his 80s, will read excerpts from his work. His daughter, April Charlo, will read Salish plays. The reading is part of the “Second Saturday” lineup at the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana. Reading is at 1 p.m.

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The UM Writers Fall installment raises funds for the creative writing program, literary events and The Oval literary magazine. The program has no shortage of well-known alumni. More recently, Andrew Sean Greer won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel “Less.”

You can help carry on the tradition at the event, which features appetizers and drinks. Tickets are $45 or $80 for a couple 21 and older only. It starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Governor’s room of the Hotel Florence. For more information, call 406-243-2275 or visit

The bread is sourdough and rye, with aioli. The puppets are paper mache and their goal is to communicate revolutionary politics through experimental theater, as it has been since the company was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann in New York before moving to Vermont.

This cult troupe, with its Bread and Puppet Brass Band, makes a rare stop in Missoula on its “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus” tour. In a press release, Schumman summarizes the menagerie of political theater along the way:

“Tigers roar, monkeys beat their chests, horses neigh, and sky locusts teach ICE agents the basic steps of the Locust Rebellion dance. A Paradise Investigative Team analyzes the relationship of the earthlings in paradise, while the main representatives of Mother Earth attend a festive Puerto Rican dance of liberation from natural and political disasters.

The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m., at Free Cycles, 732. S. First St. W. Admission is “by donation, $5-$20 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds,” according to their statement. Press. They will also sell art.

Montana Repertory Theater

The new artistic director of professional theater is starting his term in style.

The “Plays on Tap” series brings new short plays to the community. In this case, viewers will walk to five different locations, where they will watch a performance from the seat of a car at a downtown location chosen as a good backdrop for the storyline. As audience members travel to different sites, they can stop for a drink at a designated watering hole to talk about the experience.

Tickets are $20 and are limited. To buy, go to the UMArts box office, or 406-243-4581.

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