King Arthur’s Quest is coming to Humboldt Collegiate thanks to Missoula Children’s Theatre. The travelling troupe that coaches local youth actors in a marvellous production, accomplished in the space of just a week, has returned for its annual fall show.  

Each year Missoula Children’s Theatre, which operates a travelling troupe of directors, comes to Saskatchewan communities to lead local youth performers in an original musical performance. The shows never fail to delight their audiences as the guest directors guide the on-stage action. It’s a treat for the company’s directors as much as for the children.  

“Humboldt has been delightful,” says Missoula Children’s Theatre Director Hans Pfrang. “It’s such a great town to be a part of, and it’s so cohesive. We’ve had a great main contact, and the kids are so sweet. They’re so excited that MCT comes through every single year. We couldn’t be more happy.” 

This year’s show harkens back to the Knights of the Round Table, Excalibur, and an ultimate search to save a kingdom. The original stage plays are always laced with humour and superb musical moments. This year’s show promises the same. 

“It is what I’d like to call a mock Monty Python story for kids and adults,” says Pfrang. “It’s fun and fantastical, all about the story of King Arthur after he’s pulled the sword from the stone. He’s king of all of England, and he goes on a quest with his friends to defeat all types of foes, like a ghost, a dragon, a giant, and his own problems.” 

Always one of the more imaginative features of the show is the set design and its adaptability to the story telling. Director Olivia Sheppard talks about that aspect.  

“We have sets of poles and fabric backdrops that we fit in the truck. We put them up every week and take them down every week.” The lightweight design and the quick mobility is a testament to the inventive nature of the shows. Like modern day troubadours, the pairs of directors crisscross Western Canada, assembling a new cast in each new community. Sheppard says she loves the show and loves working with the kids. 

Showtimes are 3:00 and 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 16 in the commons area. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door – cash only. 

It’s a once-a-year theatrical treat not to be missed. Enjoy this year’s presentation, King Arthur’s Quest, on Saturday at HCI.