The Dandelion Seed

AUGUST 7 – 25, 2024
Based on the book by Joseph P. Anthony and Cris Arbo
Written by Jim Hibbeler
Original music by Nate Rowan
New music by Matt Ouren
LOCATION: Jaycees Studio Theatre

Bring your little one to explore a new theatrical adventure!

Theatre for the Very Young began its life at Stages 10 years ago with The Dandelion Seed and we’re celebrating how far we’ve come by bringing it back! One tiny dandelion seed is happy in its cozy home until a wind carries it away. It worries that it won’t be able to find its place in such a big, scary world but the seed finds that everything is more beautiful than it could have imagined. Perhaps change isn’t so bad after all.


The Cast

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The Creative Team + Crew

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
PLAYWRIGHT - Jim Hibbeler
NEW MUSIC - Matt Ouren

Creative Team Bios


MELANIE SALMON-PETERSONMELANIE SALMON-PETERSON (DIRECTOR) - AT STC: Recent credits include: The Day You Begin, Galactic Wonders, Raymie Nigthingale, What Do You Do With An Idea?, 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 OurenMATT OUREN (COMPOSER) - 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: Tuck Everlasting, TYA, Fish in a Tree, The Nightingale, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Shrek The Musical, and many more.



Jim HibbelerJIM HIBBELER (WRITER) - Jim Hibbeler is the Technical Director for Stages Theatre Company. When Jim is not busy building sets, props or designing video, he delights in writing scripts. For Stages, Jim has been the playwright for Alice in Wonderland, Theatre for the Very Young productions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, On the Railroad, the first adaptation of The Dandelion Seed and most recently, Galactic Wonders. During the pandemic Jim also wrote, edited and created puzzle experiences for Enchanted Mystery: a Detect the story adventure and Detect the story: Mythical, which were video based presentations unlocked by solving puzzles.



Nate-RowanNATE ROWAN (ORIGINAL MUSIC) - Bio Coming Soon.



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