“The Little Red Truck” about the Missoula Children’s Theater Opens Nationally on September 5

Greetings from the Missoula Children’s Theatre!

As you may have heard the documentary film made about the Missoula Children’s Theatre, “The Little Red Truck,” will be opening in theatres in your area very soon. We’re terribly excited about this and are working to assist the filmmakers in getting a grassroots movement together in support of the movie – in other words getting folks in the seats to see this amazing documentary! So, were calling on all of our supporters (that is you!) to spread the word by forwarding along the website link to your friends and family. We’d also like to get some posters and postcards up and out at prime “family” locations so if you would like to assist or have additional ideas please send them to the filmmakers, Pam Voth and Rob Whitehair at [email protected] or [email protected]. Following is the screening list and additional information about the film:

Award-winning Documentary Film Proving to Be Big Hit with Kids

and Their Parents

“The Little Red Truck,” the award-winning documentary film chronicling the world’s largest touring children’s theatre—the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT)—is quickly proving to be a hit with all ages.

The film was awarded “Best Feature Documentary” at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood, California, in March, singled out as “Best Documentary” by the Idaho Film & Television Institute at its Spudfest Family Film Festival in August, received the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages and been recommended by the Parent’s Television Council. The film makes its national debut on September 5, with more dates to follow. Upcoming showings include:

* Las Vegas, Nevada, September 5, Regal Village Square Stadium 18

* Henderson, Nevada, September 5, Regal Colonnade 14

* Portland, Oregon, September 5, Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10

* Austin, Texas, September 5, Regal Arbor 8

* Atlanta, Georgia, September 5, Regal Tara 4

* Charlotte, North Carolina, September 5, Regal Park Terrace

* Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 5, UA DeVargas Mall 6

* Renton, Washington, September 5, Regal East Valley 13

* Seattle, Washington, September 5, Meridian 16

* Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 5, UA High Ridge 8

* Tallahassee, Florida, September 12, Regal Miracle 5

* Bend, Oregon, September 12, Regal Pilot Butte 6

* New York, New York, September 12, Village East Cinema

* San Francisco, California, September 26, Signature Stadium 14

* Los Angeles, California, October 10, Laemmle Music Hall

* Irvine, California, October 10, Edwards Westpark 8

* Denver, Colorado, October 10, AMC Highlands Ranch 24

* Kansas City, Kansas, October 10, AMC Studio 30

* Kalispell, Montana, October 10, Signature Theatre Stadium 14

* San Diego, California, October 17, AMC Fashion Valley 18

* Spokane, Washington, October 17 AMC River Park Square 20

* Omaha, Nebraska, October 24, AMC Oakview 24

About the Film

“The Little Red Truck” records the emotional highs, lows and in-betweens of more than 250 kids in five communities when Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) the world’s largest touring children’s theatre, via its signature truck, comes to their towns. Packed with pretty much everything necessary for staging a full-scale musical, the little red truck comes seeking just one thing: 50 to 60 ambitious youth, grades K through 12, to serve as cast members.

The film has been rated PG for “thematic elements” that include brief mentions of gangs and drug use. The references are made by kids and/or adults citing the positive impact MCT has had on their lives. One boy, for example, asserts that MCT helped him break free of gangs and find hope for a better life.

Director Rob Whitehair, who made a name for himself capturing wildlife on film for National Geographic, Discovery and PBS productions, says, “This film restored my faith in humanity. It forced me to look at things in a different light and ask myself, ‘At what point do we lose the ability to say anything is possible.’ These kids still believe.”

He and his producing partner and wife, Pam Voth, spent nearly a year shadowing the tour in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Hollywood, California; Americus, Georgia; and Somerton, Arizona. Although these communities are geographically and demographically distinct, they share one common thread: the need for fully accessible performing arts programs.

Not Just for Kids

With a title suggesting a cute little vehicle and a cast that includes hundreds of kids (in cool costumes, no less), it’s no surprise that the movie is winning the hearts and minds of youngsters nationwide. What is unexpected—and eagerly welcomed—is the number of parents and grandparents touting the film’s merits.

According to Voth, while kids relate easily to the film’s young “stars” and upbeat messages, parents and grandparents are the loudest chorus in singing the film’s praises.

“Kids immediately embrace the movie and the musical numbers within it,” Voth says. “But what’s been really exciting and somewhat unexpected is the number of parents and grandparents approaching us on the festival circuit, asking when the film will be out in theaters,” she says. “They can’t wait to share it with their entire family.”

To learn more about “The Little Red Truck,” Tree & Sky Media Arts, the filmmakers, and view a film trailer, please visit


Jonna Michelson
Tour Marketing Director

Missoula Children’s Theatre

200 North Adams St

Missoula, MT 59802

[email protected]

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406-721-0637 (fax)


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