LEGENDARY: A Detect the Story Adventure

A Mythical Journey through Downtown Hopkins


Perfect for Ages 8+

Inspired by the Myth of Pandora’s Box
A SPRING ADVENTURE FOR YOUR FAMILY
Our popular DETECT A STORY returns this spring with another round of puzzle-solving and storytelling. This time with mythical proportions!
A MYSTERY. A SCAVENGER HUNT. A PUZZLE ROOM. A WALKING TOUR. A THEATRE PERFORMANCE—ALL WRAP INTO ONE ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY FOR YOUR FAMILY

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

A brand new Detect the Story Adventure awaits!

Launches MARCH 19, 2021


IT'S A SELF-PACED SCAVENGER HUNT/PUZZLE ADVENTURE!
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WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE ABOUT?
Pandora’s Box has gone missing! We need your help in finding it and preventing it from wreaking havoc in Downtown Hopkins. Help us piece together the clues to find the box and keep it buried forever. Gather your family, put on your detective hats, and follow the mysterious threads along Main Street Hopkins to unlock the story. You will be given a map and a set of clues to follow, but it is up to your family to solve the puzzles for the story to continue. Clues include letters with riddles, cryptograms, cyphers and puzzles to be solved in each location. The more you uncover, the more the mystery is revealed!

TWO OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:
THE WALKING TOUR OPTION
Detect the Story: The Downtown Hopkins Journey
Starting with a mystery package that you collect at the Hopkins Center of the Arts your family will walk through downtown Hopkins to experience the enchanted tale at your own pace. Help collect the story and collect some new friends along the way. A portable electronic devise will be necessary for you to scan QR codes at each location and watch the performance as you piece the fragments together to reveal the mystery.
THE AT-HOME OPTION
Detect the Story: The at home version
Unable to make it to Hopkins, or prefer to solve puzzles from home? We are also offering an at home version of this family adventure. Your puzzles and challenges will be curated for an at home experience, but every solution will unlock the same story as the walking tour option. You will need to pick up your mystery package at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and have access to a computer or electronic devise to experience the story.

 
WHAT'S INCLUDED in the
ENCHANTED MYSTERY:
Out of the Box Experience

  • An Enchanted Journey through Downtown Hopkins
  • Exclusive limited time access to VIDEO performances that will be accessed throughout the experience.
  • THE STORY: Details and descriptions you’ll need to develop theories and solve the mystery
  • CLUE BOX: letters, riddles, cyphers, puzzles, and more.
  • COST:

    $50* per experience
    * Includes $5 ticket handling fee.
    Shipping is available at a cost of $3 per box.
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    AUDIENCE RESPONSE

    • 🔎 “Super fun and creative!”
    • 🔎 “I thought the experience was wonderful and far exceeded my expectations!”
    • 🔎 “It was so fun to stop and shop at some of the local small businesses- what a creative way to engage with the community!”
    • 🔎 “This was so much fun! Very well done and easy for the whole family to participate. We had a great time exploring downtown Hopkins.”
    • 🔎 “It was SUPER fun! We enjoyed every minute puzzling over clues. Such a unique experience.”
    • 🔎 “Our girl scout troop LOVED this experience!”
    • 🔎 “A wonderful way to spend a fall afternoon exploring outdoors & downtown Hopkins. Thanks for putting together this fun adventure!”
    • 🔎 “Please continue doing this! I would love to keep supporting Stages and the Hopkins community during this time.”
     

    CAST


    In alphabetical order
    TO BE ANNOUNCED

    CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM

     
    • DIRECTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
    • CONCEPT & PUZZLES - Jim Hibbeler
    • PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
    • DIRECTOR & VIDEO DESIGNER - Cody R. Braudt
    • PLAYWRIGHT - Jeannine Coulombe
    • DESIGNER, PLAYWRIGHT & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Jim Hibbeler
    • MUSIC - Peter Morrow & Matt Ouren
    • VIDEOGRAPHER - Fischeye Films
    • STAGE MANAGER - Emily Sullivan

    CREATIVE TEAM BIOS

    SANDY BOREN-BARRETT (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR and CO-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 “Young Peoples Theatre of Theatre Royal” in Bath England, and continues to provide collaborative experiences with other production companies. Sandy has served as board chair for the Minnesota Theatre Alliance, and is currently chair of Mn. Citizens for the Arts. An accomplished director, Boren-Barrett has directed over 75 productions at STC, which include many new works and dance-inspired productions including Owl Moon, The Nightingale, The Mitten and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. She directed the local premiere, mainstage production of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the musical, which remains the highest attended production at Stages Theatre Company.
    CODY R BRAUDT (DIRECTOR)
    Cody is a director, writer, and designer for live performance and theatrical experiences. Spending much of his time in generative theatre settings across the country, Braudt has collaborated on critically acclaimed work with artists such as Jon Ferguson, Whit MacLaughlin, Randy Weiner, Alexander Demers, and Tony Award Winner Diane Paulus. As a director, his work has been seen at Stages Theatre Company, CREA Theatre Project, The Riley-Jacques Barn, The Depot Coffee House, The CalArts New Works Festival, The Trailer Trash Project, The CalArts Coffeehouse Theater, and the Shank Black Box Theater at La Jolla Playhouse. In 2013, Braudt worked along-side New York City’s finest directors, designers, producers, chefs, and artist on the creation of Queen of the Night (an intimate reimagining of The Magic Flute) at The Paramount Hotel in Times Square. The production was hailed by The New York Times as “A Circus of Intimate Sensation”.
    JEANNINE COULOMBE (PLAYWRIGHT)
    Jeannine Coulombe is a playwright and theatre artist based in Minnesota. Her original full-length plays include Homegrown, The Mill, Hummingbirds, The Vacant Lot, Planting Shelly Anne, The Road to Santiago and Broken Peaces. She has also written numerous shorter works, including Special Talents, Picture.Cigarette. Rose Beds, Mike and Ned, and Fish. Her adaptations of children’s literature include Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky both based on books by Grace Lin; Zen Shorts and Zen Ties based on books by Jon J. Muth and Crenshaw based on the book by Katherine Applegate and Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. In her adaptation of Mary Casanova’s One Dog Canoe, Jeannine wrote the musical’s book and adapted lyrics using the music from the Okee Dokee Brother’s album Can You Canoe? She has teamed up twice with composer Michael Gruber in the adaptations of I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and the folktale Stone Soup where she wrote the book and co-authored the lyrics. Jeannine’s plays have been seen at Upright Citizens Brigade, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Manhattan Repertory, Producer’s Theatre, Stage Left, History Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Synchronicity Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Harwich Junior Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Theatre Unbound, Thirst Theatre, Minnesota Fringe, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and A Theatre Group. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Ms. Coulombe won the University of Iowa’s IRAM Award for Best New Play (Hummingbirds), the Maebaum Award (The Mill) and the National AIDS Fund CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award from the Kennedy Center (The Vacant Lot.) She received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop and her BFA in Theatre and BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In addition to playwriting, Ms. Coulombe produced theatre in the Twin Cities for over twenty years. She was a founding member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective, an ensemble of nationally known Minneapolis-based playwrights who produced innovative and highly theatrical work for a decade as the company-in-residence at the Playwrights' Center. She was also a founding member of Theatre Unbound, a company in the Twin Cities that has been producing challenging female-centered work since 1998. Currently, Jeannine is the Manager of New Play Development and the Conservatory Director at Stages Theatre Company. In addition to playwriting, she works as a director and dramaturg.
    JIM HIBBELER - (DESIGNER, PLAYWRIGHT & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR)
    Bio Coming Soon!