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Announcing The Cast For On The Railroad

Announcing the cast for On the Railroad

Stages Theatre Company presents Theatre for the Very Young Production: On the Railroad

HOPKINS, Minn., July 26, 2018 — Stages Theatre Company (STC) is proud to present our newest Theatre for the Very Young production of On the Railroad. In this unique and interactive experience, tiny patrons and their caregivers hop aboard to travel the world of trains and railroads.  Children will participate in the action and explore sound creation, color sorting, shape and sound identification of animals, size and shape pairing, body movements and dancing!


On the Railroad opens Friday, August 3rd and runs through Saturday, August 26thThis show is specifically designed for little ones, ages 0 to 4 years old.  The production will run approximately 45 minutes with no intermission.  We encourage patrons to arrive 20 minutes prior to the production for a special preshow experience. Tickets are on sale now!   Visit for specific performance dates and times or call the Box Office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 pm at (952) 979-1111, option 4.  Tickets are $10 for all ages one and up; free lap passes are available for those less than one.

This Theatre for the Very Young production is directed by Melanie Salmon-Peterson and written by Jim Hibbeler.  Theatre for the Very Young is an experiential innovation in theatre, engaging children and their caregivers in creative experiences.  “Theatre for the Very Young allows audience to break all the rules, and play and engage directly with the actors,” said Salmon-Peterson. “The young audience members, along the actors and musicians, are participants in the creation of their own theatrical experience.”

On the Railroad is sponsored by BNSF RAILWAY


The cast for On the Railroad:

Jaede D. Bayala, Conductor (Maple Grove)
Claire Chapman, Yardmaster (Excelsior)
Jasmine Garry, Sectionmaster (Eden Prairie)
Emily May, Postmaster (Minneapolis)
Miranda Muilenburg, Trackmaster (Eden Prairie)
Alanna Nyberg, Stationmaster (Robbinsdale)
Gideon Pressley, Brakemaster (Belle Plaine)
Nathan Rowan, Musician & Composer (Minneapolis)
Jon Schumacher, Herder (Minnetonka)
Savannah Noelle Switzer, Engineer (Apple Valley)
Trinity Thorstad, Porter (Shakopee)

The Creative & Production Team Includes:

Artistic Director– Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Stage Manager- Kallie Jo Ascheman
Lighting Designer- Sarah Brandner
Technical Director & Set Designer – Jim Hibbeler
Resident Costumer– Lisa Mangone
Costume Designer- Stacey Palmer
Musician & Composer– Nathan Rowan
Props Designer – Megan Teynor
On the Railroad publicity images and cast head shots available for download here:

Stages Theatre Company is dedicated to creating a space where diverse opinions, courageous dialogue, and local, national, and international community engagement is not only valued, but vital to our shared artistic and educational success. We make this pledge in hope of curating a welcome home for all.


Aug 3-26, 2018


Sponsored by BNSF RAILWAY

A Theatre for the Very Young Production

Directed by Melanie Salmon-Peterson

Age Recommendation
0-4 Years


Tickets are $10 each and lap passes are available for children 0-1 yrs only.

Choo-choo! All aboard! Hop on the train as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with an original, company created adventure for our youngest audiences on everything to do with trains and railroads. “I’ve been working on the railroad…” will sing on down the track as we explore this immersive environment full of story, music and wonder. Don’t be left standing on the platform as this one-of-a-kind experience leaves from the station to the very heart of a child’s imagination!

RUN TIME: Approximately 45 minutes with no intermission


Stages Theatre Company

Stages Theatre Company was founded in 1984 and since then has grown to become one of the largest professional theatres for young audiences in the country. We engage young artists with themes relevant to their lives and involve them in creating magical works featuring young people in meaningful roles. Through theatrical productions, workshops, conservatory classes and other outreach programs, Stages Theatre Company annually serves more than 145,000 young people and their families.

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