Bringing the excitement of the Performing Arts to Big Sky Country

04.17.24 - 9:30am

04.17.24 - 11:30am

TICKETS: $6.00 + non-refundable fees


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Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision in her classroom. She’s also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to one of her students Nicholas Allen. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires him to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen—it’s a FRINDLE.

The story begins with Mrs. Granger, an elderly, distinguished teacher, grading papers when the mail arrives. She is informed by the superintendent that a permanent, million dollar trust fund for college scholarships has been set up in her honor. Mrs. Granger passes it off as a trick until she learns that the fund was established by a former student of hers, Nicholas Allen.

Then the theatrical production flashes back ten years when Nick is starting fifth grade at Lincoln Elementary School. He and several of his friends were dismayed to find that their language arts teacher was to be the dreaded Mrs. Granger, who was notorious for her long homework assignments. Nick responded rather coolly, however, because he was known throughout his class as the “idea man”, who could invent ways to get everyone out of class work. Everyone was still reeling from his big stunt last year which involved turning the thermostat up and dumping sand all over the classroom to create a beach party. The class was so busy cleaning up, there was never an opportunity to do any work, or even to receive a homework assignment. All the kids in Nick’s language arts last year were more than confident that Nick would come up with something just as good this time.

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Tickets will be available starting September 2023.  Please contact Education Manager Julie Blakeslee at 406-294-5204 in September if you are interested in purchasing tickets.


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