In this participatory, imaginative, and immersive theatre genre, created specifically for children 0-5 and their caregivers, kids become an integral part of telling the story and are fully engaged throughout the show by professional adult and youth actors.
Journey with Maya and her friends as we learn together that the key to filling YOUR bucket is kind actions towards OTHERS. Is Maya’s bucket full or empty? Does sharing bubbles with a friend help fill a bucket? How about helping your sibling or learning to take turns on the playground? Join in the discovery that a bucket full of kindness creates joy for all!
RUN DATES: Aug 3 - 21, 2022 LOCATION: Jaycee Studio Theatre in the Hopkins Center for the Arts APPROPRIATE AGES: Ages 0-5 DURATION: 40-45 Minutes
ABOUT THEATRE FOR THE VERY YOUNG
Stages Theatre Company is quickly becoming a national leader in producing Theatre for the Very Young, a genre of theatre that has been popular in Europe and Australia for more than 25 years.
In this participatory, multi-sensory theatre genre for children age 18-months to 4 years and their caregivers, kids become an integral part of telling the story and are fully engaged throughout the show by professional adult actors and youth actors.
Launched in 2014 with our groundbreaking production of The Dandelion Seed, our Theatre for the Very Young productions have been met with an outpouring of interest, and are raising the bar in providing theatre experiences for the youngest of audiences.
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▶ SEATING: Due to the interactive nature of the show, seating will be on the ground to allow for movement, playtime and participation. There will be alternate seating available for those who are unable to sit on the ground.
▶ BEFORE SHOW: Doors open 20 minutes before the performance time. Arrive early to enjoy preshow fun in our welcome area.
My 2 year old granddaughter and 5year old grandson (and their parents and I) thoroughly enjoyed it! It was the perfect length. We loved how the actors interacted with the audience and got the kids up and moving around.
Well done at holding the attention of young children.
The show was adorable. Clever sets and props as well. Cast and staff were so talented and so kind and helpful!
The cast was extremely warm, energetic and engaging.
Great show for the little ones! Great! The actors were very good and interactive with the kids! Fun!
The production was great! I loved that it was interactive so the children could feel more a part of the show.
Fun! The actors were so engaging. They really personalized the experience for the kids, learned their names and incorporated their ideas into the show. It was fantastic!
What a perfect show for the under 5 audience! Everything about it was so enjoyable. I appreciated the opportunities that the children had to actively participate.
Special thanks to JonnyPops for sponsoring our summer of theatre!
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
COMPOSER, MUSICIAN & SOUND DESIGNER - Matt Ouren
LIGHTING DESIGNER - Sarah Brandner
SET DESIGNER & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Jim Hibbeler
COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER - Stacey Palmer
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR - Christa Ludwig
STAGE MANAGER - Joya Horne
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Caroline van Vliet
SCENIC ARTISTS - Cinde Ashley, Yvonne Ring
RUN CREW - Lyla Bouchard
LIGHTING CREW - Abi Carlson, Mike Lee, Jeff Neppl
VOLUNTEERS - Jenny Brown, Scott Brown, Donna Spidie Meyer, Warren Glidden
MELANIE SALMON-PETERSON (Director)
AT STC: Recent credits include: Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch, The Most Magnificent Thing, Stone Soup, Swimmy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Bear Snores On, and at FAIR School Crystal James & the Giant Peach Jr & Lion King Jr.” Favorite Play or Musical at STC: Favorite I cannot pick, but several are special to me for a variety of reasons – Stone Soup for its dedication to community service and the wonderful opportunity to perform a the Ivey Awards. Swimmy-stunning design work and a wonderful ensemble with which to create, Dandelion Seed as our first TFVY, working with Jim & Nate & Abbee to create it; Zen Shorts for its zen-like process, so peaceful and beautiful to work on; Edward Tulane for its visual beauty; How I Became a Pirate – both here and on the tour to Bath, England; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, beautiful, entertaining and so much talent. Wow, I better stop now. I could go on.
MATT OUREN (Composer & Musician)
Matt is a Stages Theatre Company Creative Play Academy and Conservatory teacher and appears regularly on our mainstage. He's been in Spookley the Square Pumpkins THREE times and he's appeared in and composed the music for our Theatre for the Very Young Production of Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch. Other credits include: Fish in a Tree, The Nightingale, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Shrek The Musical, and many more.
JEANNINE COULOMBE (Playwright)
Jeannine is a playwright, theatre artist and educator. She wrote the adaptations of Stages Theatre Company’s productions of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, Zen Shorts, Zen Ties, Crenshaw, Fish in a Tree, and Iron-Hearted Violet. She was the book writer and lyricist for Stages adaptations of One Dog Canoe, I Love You, Stinky Face, and Stone Soup. She has also directed STC productions of Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Number the Stars, Flora & Ulysses, The Hobbit, Charlotte’s Web, and Iron-Hearted Violet. As a playwright, she has authored more than a dozen full-length original plays and numerous shorter works. Her plays have been seen at Upright Citizens Brigade, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Producer’s Theatre, Manhattan Repertory, Stage Left, History Theatre, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Playwrights Center, University of Iowa, and University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Jeannine received her BFA in Acting and her BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her MFA from the Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was a founding member of the Twin Cities’ company, Theatre Unbound and a member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective for 10 years. Jeannine has been a teaching artist for over two decades and has been on STC’s education staff since 2008. She is currently STC’s Manager of New Plays and the First Job in the Arts Mentorship program.