Down on the Farm: A Lift-the-Flap Outdoor Adventure

A Theatre for the Very Young Production
Aug. 4-22, 2021 • Ages 0-5
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Look under the flap and see inside the farm.


An interactive outdoor creation by Stages Theatre Company specifically created for ages 0-5 as Theatre for the Very Young. It’s an immersive, theatrical experience based on the concept of lift-the-flap picture books that is sure to delight our youngest audiences. Is that a cow under there? Or a chicken? Maybe this time it’s a pig or a barn full of hay. Journey DOWN ON THE FARM as we discover and explore inside and under the flap in this imaginative outdoor adventure.
This Theatre for the Very Young production is performed outdoors at Stages Theatre Company.





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.

Past Theatre for the Very Young Productions



Photos by Fischeye Films




  • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR STC - Sandy Boren-Barrett
  • PLAYWRIGHT & DIRECTOR - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
  • COMPOSER - Matt Ouren
  • PLAYWRIGHT - Katharine Benyo

Stay tuned for more info!


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.
Katharine Benyo is a playwright and teaching artist focused on theater’s youngest audiences and creators. For Stages Theatre Company she has adapted SWIMMY in 2017 and ALL THE WORLD in 2019. She is a mom and an aspiring gardener.