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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THIS PRODUCTION WILL BE PRESENTED OUTSIDE AT STAGES
Advanced Tickets are Required. No Tickets Available at the Door.
 
 
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Down on the Farm:
A Lift-the-Flap Outdoor Adventure


A Theatre for the Very Young Production 

Directed & Written by Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Music Composed by Matt Ouren
Written by Katharine Benyo

AGES 0-5 • LIVE IN PERSON! OUTDOORS!  


Look under the flap and see inside the farm. • IT'S A WORLD PREMIERE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE! • A Covid-conscious, interactive outdoor creation by Stages Theatre Company for ages 0-5. Based on the concept of lift-the-flap picture books, this Theatre for the Very Young outdoor performance is sure to delight our youngest audience members. We invite you inside the picture book to explore and discover what is under the flap. 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 in this imaginative outdoor adventure at Stages Theatre Company.



SPECIAL NOTE:
No real animals will be present for Down on the Farm. Just theatrical ones.
 

 
 

Photos by Fischeye Films.

 
 

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR


AUGUST 2021

Wednesday, August 18 - 9 AM, 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, August 19 - 9 AM, 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday August 20 - 9 AM, 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Saturday, August 21 - 9 AM, 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Sunday, August 22 - 2:30 PM & 4 PM


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RUN DATES:Aug. 4-22, 2021
LOCATION:Outside at Stages Theatre
APPROPRIATE AGES: Ages 0-5
DURATION: 40-45 Minutes
Lap Passes are available for infants only. These free lap passes do NOT include the props used by patrons during the performance.
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WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

 
 

We can't wait to see you Down on the Farm!

 

LOCATION: OUTDOOR performance space at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet Hopkins, MN 55343.  Entrance is located OUTSIDE - BEHIND the building - on the WEST SIDE of the building next to 12TH AVE.

PARKING:   FREE parking is available in the Municipal Parking Ramp(1/2 Block south of us on 11th Ave)   -   STREET Parking on 11th and 12th Avenues

SEATING:    A majority of seating will be ON the GROUND in a GRASSY area.  Bring BLANKETS or TOWELS to sit on.  There will be chairs available for those who are NOT able to sit on the ground.  Please DO NOT bring chairs.

ARRIVAL:    Please arrive NO EARLIER than 15 minutes prior to show start time.

RUN TIME:  40-45 minutes

PROPS & PHOTOS:   Each Child Ticket includes a bag of props that will be provided as you enter the farmyard.  Props are designed to use during the show and are yours to take home.  A farm-themed photo opportunity will be available as you exit. 

COVID PRECAUTIONS: This production is OUTDOORS. Capacity has been limited. Masks are recommended.

Box Office: 952-979-1111, option 4 - Hours: Tues-Fri, noon-4PM, and one hour prior to performances tickets@stagestheatre.org

 
 

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.
 

Past Theatre for the Very Young Productions

 

PHOTOS




Photos by Fischeye Films

VIDEOS


 
 

MEET THE CAST



ANJA ARORA ANJA ARORA (FARMHAND)
Anja returns to Stages for her third production have also appeared in Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch and The Most Magnificent Thing. She will be a seventh grader this fall at Minnetonka Middle School East. Anja has also worked with Blue water Theatre, Minnetonka Elementary Theatre, Minnetonka Middle School East. Anja enjoy soccer, piano violin, and playing with my dog. “Special thanks to my parents for their kindness and involvement in all my activities.”

JENNA DIERKE JENNA DIERKE (FARMHAND)
Jenna is thrilled to be back at Stages having previously appeared in Twas the Night, All the World, Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch. Jenna has been in more than a dozen musical productions Her favorite roles include Winthrop in the Music Man and Gertrude in Suessical Jr. She is in nineth grade at St Anthony High School and loves to bake. She has also worked at Morris Park Players , Lundstrum Performing Arts, St Anthony Community Theater, Rosetown Playhouse, Fringe Festival, and Moundsveiw Community Theater.

 MIA DOUGHERTY MIA DOUGHERTY (FARMHAND)
Mia is excited to return to Stages for her seventh production with Stages Theatre having previously appeared in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, TYA, Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch, Three Snow Bears, Madagascar-A Musical Adventure, Whoever You Are, Leo Lionni's Frederick. She has also worked with Children's Castle Theater and Blackhawk Middle School. Mia will be an eighth grader at Blackhawk Middle School this fall! “When I am not at school or theater, I am at the rink doing figure skating.  I want to thank my mom whom encourages me to do what I want to do.”

ALANNA NYBERG ALANNA NYBERG (CHICKEN)
Alanna returns to Stages Theatre for her fifth production, having appeared in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, TYA, Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch, On The Railroad, and The Hobbit. She will be an eleventh grader at Acellus Academy Online School in the fall. Alana has also worked with Yellow Tree Theatre, Front Porch Musical Theatre and Bunce Backyard Productions. She has also worked as a preschool teaching assistant at Redeemer Luthern Preschool. Alana loves superheroes, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and everything Roald Dahl. “I would like to give a special thank you to my parents for their support and my siblings for always coming to my shows.”

 MATT OUREN MATT OUREN (FARMER & MUSICIAN)
Matt is an Education Associate with Stages Theatre Company and appears regularly on our mainstage. He’s been in Spookley the Square Pumpkin THREE times and he’s appeared in and composed the music for our Theatre for the Very Young Production of All the World and Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch. Other credits include: Twas the Night, Fish in a Tree, The Nightingale, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Shrek The Musical, and many more.

LIVV RANKIN LIVV RANKIN (FARMHAND)
LIVV RANKIN (FARMHAND) Livv returns to Stages for her sixth production after appearing in All the World, Elf the Musical, Jr, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch and Hidden Heroes: The Black Women of NASA. Livv has been involved in competition dancing for ten years and loves to sing. She will be an eleventh grader at Irondale High School in the fall. Livv has also worked with Ashland Productions. Her favorite color is yellow and she loves singing Disney movies and Broadway musicals! “Never give up because you never know who’s watching and inspired!”

 ELLA SCHUMACHER” width= ELLA SCHUMACHER (FARMHAND)
ELLA SCHUMACHER (FARMHAND) Ella is making her Stages Theatre debut with Down on the Farm! She will be an eighth grader at Central Middle School in Eden Prairie in the fall. She has also worked with Eden Prairie Players, and Central Middle School. Special talents include competitive dancing, playing the viola, she’s a self-proclaimed Disney expert. “Special thanks to my parents and my sister for helping me achieve my dreams.” "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." J.K. Rowling

JON SCHUMACHER JON SCHUMACHER (FARMHAND)
Jon is excited to return to Stages for his fifth production having recently appeared in All the World, The Dot, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, TYA, Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch and On the Railroad. Jon will be an eighth grader at Notre Dame Academy in the fall. He would like to thank his parents for their support. “Special thanks to my family for supporting me and Mrs. Wukmir for inspiring me.”

 SAVANNAH NOELLE SWITZER SAVANNAH NOELLE SWITZER (FARMHAND)
Savannah returns to Stages Theatre where she has also appeared in Twas the Night, On The Railroad, Swimmy, and Next Stage Annie Jr. She will be a tenth grader at Providence Academy in the fall. Savannah has also worked with Stepping Stone Theatre, Chaska Valley Family Theatre, Zoom Production with the Angelica Players, Zoom Production Flint Community Players, and Providence Academy. Savannah enjoys tap dancing, writing, reading, and singing. “I want to thank my friends and family for all their support.”

LINNEA THOMASSEN LINNEA THOMASSEN (FARMHAND)
Linnea is making her Stages Theatre debut! She will be in the nineth grade this fall and is a homeschooler. Some of her favorite previous roles are Jane Banks in Mary Poppins Jr, Iago in Aladdin Jr, Jojo in Seussical Jr, and Scuttle in The Little Mermaid Jr. Linnea has also worked with Front Porch Musical Theatre, and Bunce Backyard Productions. She enjoys volunteering at Eaglebrook Church in kids ministries, and loves to dance and babysit.
 
 

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM



ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
COMPOSER - Matt Ouren
PLAYWRIGHT - Katharine Benyo
SCENIC DESIGNER - Jim Hibbeler
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Trevor Zapiecki
COSTUME DESIGNER - Christa Ludwig
SCENIC PAINTER - Cinde Ashley
STAGE MANAGER - Jessica Yates
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Joya Horne
RUNNING CREW - Cosette Switzer
 
 

CREATIVE TEAM BIOS


MELANIE SALMON-PETERSONMELANIE 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 OURENMATT 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 KATHARINE BENYO (Playwright)
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.