This summer, children in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Florida are developing a love and talent for theatre with the help of Christine Gnieski ’13.
|Christine Gnieski ’13, right, has been touring with Missoula Children’s Theatre.|
Gnieski is on tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), a company that sends theatre professionals to communities to teach musicals to children and teenagers. Each Sunday, Gnieski and another actor drive to a new town to produce a musical rendition of the Pinocchio story. They hold auditions, select actors and assistant directors, and perform the show twice on the weekend. Then they drive to a new location and start again.
Randolph theatre professor Mace Archer introduced Gnieski to MCT’s artistic director during a theatre conference this spring. Gnieski interviewed for a position and was quickly hired.
Gnieski was well known for her acting career at Randolph, performing in plays such as The Rocky Horror Show, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q, and Uncle Vanya. Her long-term goal is to act on Broadway. MCT is the perfect place to start because it allows her to tour and is helping her gain the experience she needs to try her hand at larger venues. “Also, it’s hard to find a professional actor who has never done children’s theatre,” she said.
“This is a great job to jump-start my acting career because, not only am I teaching younger generations to have a love for theatre, but I’m also really solidifying my love and respect for theatre as well,” she said. “If you can teach sixty 5- to 17-year-olds a one hour musical in five days, what can’t you do?”