Montana Repertory Theatre starts staged reading series at library
A key step in taking a script from “page to stage” with the Montana Repertory Theatre will happen in front of live audiences this spring.
The Rep is starting a four-part “First Reads” series, starting this Saturday, where theater fans can watch actors give a staged reading of a new play at the Missoula Public Library.
The Rep, a professional company housed in the University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance, is considering the four plays for a full production in its next season. One will be picked for sure, and there’s potential for others, too.
“We’re looking for scripts that we think are of interest to the community, that might foster some really good community partnerships,” said Michael Legg, the Rep’s artistic director.
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Normally, the process happens out of public view. The Rep has a selection committee that includes community members, university folks and cast alumni go over scripts that Legg has picked and ones that have been suggested.
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A few other criteria are important, too. First, it must be a “new” play, meaning two