June 16-July 30, 2023
Recommended for ALL AGES
RUN TIME: Aproximately 85 minutes, with no intermission.
LOCATION: Mainstage Theatre
Book by Nick Blaemire, Additional lyrics by Nick Blaemire, Music Adaptation by Madeline Smith, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements Madeline Smith, Orchestrations by Matthew Tishler, Music Produced by Matthew Tishler, Music Adaptations, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements by Madeline Smith, Orchestrations and Music Produced by Matthew Tischler. Based on the Disney Channel Original Movies, Written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott
Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett
A Rotten to the Core clash
between good and evil!
A chance at redemption sends the troublemaking offspring of Disney’s evil villains to school with the children of their sworn enemies. Do they carry on their parents’ wicked ways, or do they learn to be good? The generational match-up features beloved characters and hit songs from the popular Disney Channel films.
Due to planned road construction, please allow extra time to get to to the theatre.
June 16-July 30, 2023
DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
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PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC): SUN, 6/18/2023 4PM
ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE (ASL) : FRI, 6/30/2023 7PM
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (AD) : FRI, 6/30/2023 7PM
SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE (SF) : SAT, 7/8/2023 10AM
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DOUG - Brody Breen
AURADONIAN & ENSEMBLE - Rose Calabria*
FAIRY GODMOTHER - Fayrah Culbertson*
MALEFICENT - Shana Eisenberg
CRUELLA - Akoya Foster
AURADONIAN & ENSEMBLE - Silas Good
COACH & ENSEMBLE - Ronan Guevara
EVIE - Aniya Hollie*
DIRECTOR SHADOW, u/s MAL - Indra Khariwala*
SNOW WHITE & ENSEMBLE - Shelby Keeley
GRIMHILDE - Ella Kozak*
ROYAL PAGE & ENSEMBLE - Caidance Kue*
JAY - Carter Kue*
CHOREO ASSISTANT, u/s BEN + CARLOS - Jordan Kueng*
AUDREY - Jasmine Lee
SMITTEN KID, AURADONIAN & ENSEMBLE - Takell Lee
u/s FAIRY GODMOTHER - Laura Mahler*
ROYAL JESTER, ENSEMBLE & u/s JAY - Vivian Nielsen*
KING BEAST - Mars Niemi
MAURICE & ENSEMBLE - Phoenix Olson
JAFAR - Charlie Rush-Reese*
ROYAL GUARD & ENSEMBLE, u/s EVIE - Stella Schlegelmilch*
CHAD - Jon Schumacher
CARLOS - Daija Scott
QUEEN BELLE - Savannah Noelle Switzer*
JANE - Layla Traufler
BEN - Hogan Vaupel*
MAL - Naomi Vega
SWING - Faith MingBao
* Student, Intern or Teaching Artist with Stages Education Programs
The Creative Team
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
FIRST JOB IN THE ARTS MENTEE-DIRECTING - Ozzy Coyer
MUSIC DIRECTOR - Sarah Hohenstein Burk
CHOREOGRAPHER - Laura Mahler
CHOREOGRAPY INTERN - Dallas Downey
PROPS DESIGNER - Jim Hibbeler
SET DESIGNER - Joe Johnson
COSTUME DESIGNER - Christa Ludwig
FIRST JOB IN THE ARTS MENTEE-COSTUMES - Raine Brick
LIGHTING DESIGNER - Karin Olson
SOUND DESIGNER - Alan Pagel
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Gretchen Katt
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR - Christa Ludwig
PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
STAGE MANAGER - Emily Sullivan
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Gabriel Peñaloza-Hernandez
SOUND BOARD OPERATOR - David Gamache
LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR - Feven Harder, Samantha Williams
SPOTLIGHT OPERATOR - Luke Rowan, Cosette Switzer, Isabell Agner
SCENIC ARTIST - Cinde Ashley
SCENIC PAINTER - Yvonne Ring
CARPENTERS - Justin Dekker, Gabriel Peñaloza-Hernandez,
MASTER ELECTRICIAN - Alice Endo
ELECTRICIANS - Tom Barrett, Justin Dekker, Gabriel Peñaloza-Hernandez,
STITCHERS - Sam Haddow and Natalie Smith
VOLUNTEERS - Jenny Brown, Scott Brown, Warren Glidden, Ron Kline, Donna Meyer, Mariann Wolf
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
SANDY BOREN-BARRETT (DIRECTOR) - Sandy Boren-Barrett has been with Stages Theatre Company (STC) since 1990, allowing her to pursue her passion for theatre production and education, along with community building theatre serving young audiences. During her time in leadership STC has been awarded National recognition with the 2017 Harold Oaks Award for Innovative Contributions to the Field of Theatre for Young Audiences, as well as the 2018 – 50/50 Applause Award for promoting gender equity with playwrights. STC’s 2019-2020 season selection was highlighted in TYA Today Magazine as an example of “a promising increase in representation specifically in works that feature the stories of contemporary young people of color”. Sandy led an international performance tour and artistic exchange with “the egg Theatre, the Young Peoples Theatre of Theatre Royal” in Bath England. Collaboration is at the core of her work, and as an accomplished director has directed over 75 productions at STC which include many new works, dance-inspired productions, and world premieres. She directed the local premier, mainstage production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the musical which remains the highest attended production at Stages Theatre Company. Sandy remains on the Executive Committee, as former chair of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and last spring worked with Racially Conscious Collaboration (RCC) to gain her certification in racial equity organizational leadership.
SARAH HOHENSTEIN BURK (MUSICAL DIRECTOR) - A performer and recording artist on keyboard, violin, vocals and percussion, Sarah Hohenstein Burk has toured the U.S., Europe and the Middle East with a variety of ensembles and theatre troupes. Ongoing endeavors include directing and performing with her jazz trio, as well as dates with various jazz, big band, R&B, gospel, classical chamber, international dance and variety ensembles. She has played the roles of music director, conductor, composer, instrumentalist and arranger in countless theatre productions and is actively involved in the development and production of new works at Stages Theatre Company, the History Theatre, Theater Latté Da and Green T Productions.
LAURA MAHLER (CHOREOGRAPHER) - Laura started with Stages Theatre Company long ago as an 8 year old actor and eventually used her training to graduate from The Goodman School of Drama- Depaul's Theatre Conservatory program in Chicago. For the past 10 years, she has been back in MN working for Stages as an Education Associate, teaching Middle School Drama at The FAIR School, Crystal. Most recently she appeared on the STC stage in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR as Ursula. She also loves to Roller Skate and plays Roller Derby with North Star Roller Derby and just recently earned her Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. Laura also perform with physical comedy comedy: DANGEROUS PRODUCTIONS and is an ushertainer with the ST PAUL SAINTS! Don't Hate - Roller Skate.
NICK BLAEMIRE (BOOK, LYRICS) - Nick was born in Washington, DC. He grew up in Bethesda, MD, where he began doing theater at a young age, and continued until he was accepted to the University of Michigan's music program, where he graduated in 2006. He subsequently moved to New York City until he got his first Equity job touring the country in Altar Boyz, an Off-Broadway musical spoof of boy bands. He returned to New York after being cast in the Original Broadway Cast of Cry-Baby, based on the John Waters film. Simultaneously, Nick wrote the music and lyrics for the original musical Glory Days, which played on Broadway at the same time as Cry-Baby. His career has continued to blossom with film and television roles, and the opportunity to work with actors such as Lois Smith, Oliver Platt, Bruce Willis, Debra Monk, Larry Bryggman and other stage and screen legends. Nick is the youngest person ever to have written a Broadway musical (Glory Days) while also performing in another Broadway musical (Cry-Baby) at the same time.
MADELINE SMITH (MUSIC ADAPTATION, VOCAL AND INCIDENTAL ARRANGMENTS) - Broadway: Waitress (Piano/Conductor sub), War Paint (Key 1 sub). Off-Broadway: Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future (Ars Nova), Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience), Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova), 1001 Nights (Atlantic Theater Company), The Light Princess (New Victory Theater), An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience). Regional, etc.: We Live In Cairo (ART), Loch Ness (FLMTF), Ragtime on Ellis Island. Adaptations: Frozen JR. and Frozen KIDS (Disney); B.A. from Harvard University. When she took up the baton for “Waitress” in 2016, the then 24-year-old Madeline A. Smith ’14 became the youngest female conductor on Broadway. Today, Smith wears many hats in the musical theater world, from directing and conducting “Ragtime on Ellis Island” to adapting, arranging, and orchestrating a stage adaptation of Disney Channel’s “Descendants” for high school productions. Located in New York City, the music director, arranger, and conductor has taken advantage of a slower-paced arts industry during Covid-19 to reflect and try new things. “I recorded an album of a show that I worked on in 2019 and I finally learned how to cook,” she said with excitement. “I’m also doing a lot of yoga and keeping plants.” But just two years before carving her name into Broadway history, Smith was at Harvard, working on a joint Music and Classics senior thesis.
MATHEW TISCHLER (ORCHESTRATIONS, MUSIC PRODUCTION) - Matthew Tishler is an Emmy-nominated, multi-platinum songwriter and music producer who has written and produced songs for film, television, radio, stage, and theme parks. He is known for his work with teen pop artists such as Ashley Tisdale, Dove Cameron, Olivia Holt and JoJo Siwa, as well as popular K-pop/J-pop artists like EXO, Taeyeon, Namie Amuro, Kumi Koda, EXILE Atsushi, Twice, Stray Kids and BTS. His projects have combined sales of over 20 million units.
JOSANN MCGIBBON (WRITER) - McGibbon has been screenwriting with Sara Parrot for over 30 years. Other works include, The favor, Three Men and a Little Lady, Runaway, and The Starter Wife which received nominations from the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Her work on Descendants won the Writers Guild of America Award in television for Outstanding Children’s Long Form. She also was responsible for Descendents 2 & 3.
SARA PARROT (WRITER) - Parrot has been screenwriting with Josann McGibbon for over 30 years. Other works include, The favor, Three Men and a Little Lady, Runaway, and The Starter Wife which received nominations from the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Her work on Descendants won the Writers Guild of America Award in television for Outstanding Children’s Long Form. She also was responsible for Descendents 2 & 3.
Our 40th Anniversary Season
This season celebrates some of our favorite titles from past seasons and introduces audiences to regional and world premieres.
Through it all we continue to celebrate the collaborations with our amazing artistic partners - some new, some old - all working to center young people in what we do and how we do it.