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Frederick (Jan 19 - Feb 19, 2018)

Leo Lionni’s FREDERICK

Jan 19 – Feb 19, 2018

Adapted by Suzanne Maynard Miller.
Music and lyrics by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs.

Directed by Marilee Mahler

Age Recommendation:  All Ages


Cozy in this winter for the heartwarming story of Frederick as he shows us that everyone has something special to give to the world. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When the cold weather sets in, however, it is Frederick who has stored up something significant to survive the long, blustery winter. The Caldecott winning book by beloved author Leo Lionni has been charming readers for 50 years. Now, this award-winning adaptation, featuring a roots-flavored country and folk-infused score, will delight the heart and tickle the imagination.

RUN TIME Approximately 1 hour with no intermission

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois.


In alphabetical order.

Isaiah Bustamante (Gregg),  Mia Dougherty (BeeBee),  Sophie Farrell (Frederick),  David Gamache (Ernest),  Aaron Goehle (Johnny),  Amy Horn (Sage),  Indra Khariwala (BayBay),  Hayley Mullins (Maisy),  Gavin Nienaber (Alfred),  Zoey Paulson (Nellie),  Hannah Seeman (Bella),  Madeline Sundheim (Sunny),  Israh Ugas (Jasmine),  Juanita Vargas (Dana),  Grant Witter (Ricky)


Artistic Director – Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director – Marilee Mahler
Stage Manager – Kenji Shoemaker
Lighting Designer – Barry Browning
Set Designer – Tiffany Fier
Costume & Make-Up Designer – Samantha Fromm Haddow
Technical Director – Gretchen Katt
Production Manager – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Choreographer – Nikki Swoboda
Props Designer – Abbee Warmboe
Music Director – Kimberly Willow


Marilee Mahler (Director) has been involved in theatre since she was in the 2nd grade! She has directed, choreographed or stage-managed at least 70 productions – and has acted in 30 – 40 more. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in directing from Roosevelt University. Marilee served as the Director of Education Programs at STAGES THEATRE COMPANY until 2008. She was last seen in the roles of Miss Hannigan in Annie, Jr. and Nana in The Velveteen Rabbit. “Through Stages, I have had the opportunity to work on stage with all four of my children. Special thanks to my husband, whose support has let all of us chase our dreams.”


Fri 1/19 7 PM
Sat 1/20 1 PM
Sun 1/21 2 PM* & 4:30 PM

Wed 1/24 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 1/25 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Fri 1/26 7 PM
Sat 1/27 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 1/28 2 PM & 4:30 PM

Wed 1/31 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 2/1 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Fri 2/2 7 PM
Sat 2/3 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 2/4 2 PM & 4:30 PM

Wed 2/7 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 2/8 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Fri 2/9 7PM
Sat 2/10 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 2/11 2 PM & 4:30 PM

Wed 2/14 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thu 2/15 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Fri 2/16 7PM
Sat 2/17 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 2/18 2 PM & 4:30 PM
Mon 2/19 10 AM


Check out two of the ADORABLY FUN songs from Leo Lionni’s Frederick! (Original cast/promotional recording courtesy of Dramatic Publishing.)

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois.



Join us on Tuesday, January 23rd at MALL OF AMERICA for TODDLER TUESDAYS. Get a sneak peek performance of Leo Lionni’s FREDERICK when cast members perform selections from the show in the Rotunda at 10am & 11am. MORE INFO


In this section you will find:


LEO LIONNILEO LIONNI (AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR)  – Leo Lionni gained international renown for his paintings, graphic designs, illustrations, and sculpture, as well as for his books for children. He was born in Amsterdam on May 5, 1910 of Dutch parents, and although his education did not include formal art courses (in fact, he has a doctorate in economics from the University of Genoa), he spent much of his free time as a child in Amsterdam’s museums, teaching himself to draw.

Lionni’s business training gradually receded into the background as his interest in art and design grew. Having settled in Milan soon after his marriage in 1931, he started off by writing about European architecture for a local magazine. It was there that he met the contacts who were to give him a start as a professional graphic designer. When he moved to America in 1939, Lionni was hired by a Philadelphia advertising agency as an art director. Later he became design director for the Olivetti Corporation of America, and then art director for Fortune magazine. At the same time, his reputation as an artist flourished as he began to exhibit his paintings and drawings in galleries from New York to Japan.

Lionni launched his career as an author/illustrator of books for children in 1959. Originally developed from a story he had improvised for his grandchildren during a dull train ride, Little Blue and Little Yellow was the first of what is now a long list of picture books. In his career, Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner—for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.

Leo Lionni also played piano, flamenco guitar, the sitar and the accordion. He died on Oct. 11, 1999, at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

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SUZANNE MAYNARD MILLERSuzanne Maynard Miller (PLAYWRIGHT) – Suzanne Maynard Miller’s plays include Young Love; Flirting With the Deep End; Beatrice;The Handwriting, the Soup and the Hats; and Abigail’s Atlas. Her work has been seen in New York; Los Angeles; Seattle; Providence; New Haven and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also penned the musical stage adaptation of the popular children’s book series Pete the Cat (commissioned by The Rose Theater, September 2015), and the new play No Place for a Man. Previously, Miller developed the musical Kissing Frogs at Bridge 2 Broadway in July 2013. Miller is on the faculty of the English department at the New York City College of Technology/CUNY. In the past, she has taught writing and theatre courses at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Hunter College/CUNY. In addition, Miller has been an artist-in-residence in the Seattle, Providence and New York City public schools and in the adult correctional institution in Rhode Island. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania, Miller went on to receive her MFA in playwriting from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel, Charles Mee, Aishah Rahman and Mac Wellman. Miller was an original company member of Annex Theatre in Seattle and a founding member of the Seattle Playwrights Alliance.

SARAH DURKEESarah Durkee (COMPOSER/LYRICIST) – Since her days of performing and writing comedy for National Lampoon shows and platinum-earning songs for Meat Loaf, Sarah Durkee has had a successful career writing scripts and songs for children’s television for more than 25 years. With composer Paul Jacobs, she’s written Emmy-winning songs for Sesame Street, performed by artists as diverse as Mel Torme, Kermit the Frog, Brian McKnight and Trisha Yearwood. Her script writing and songwriting have been regularly featured on Between the Lions, Dora the Explorer, Arthur, Peep and the Big Wide World, Wonder Pets and others, and she won her fifth Emmy award in 2009 for her writing for Between the Lions. Her writing for the new Claymation series Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures is additionally featured on Sesame Street and currently in the new preschool music-based series Lomax, the Hound of Music. Durkee also co-authored the adult satire The Book of Sequels with her fellow Lampoon alumni Chris Cerf, Henry Beard and Sean Kelly, and she is the author of the young adult novel The Fruit Bowl Project, a favorite of writer’s workshop teachers in its entertaining exploration of genre and style. Present projects include a musical adaptation of Kate Feiffer’s children’s book My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life, and she’s thrilled to be getting back to her roots in children’s theatre. She’s married to composer Paul Jacobs, with whom she’s collaborated on two kids.

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Paul Jacobs (COMPOSER/LYRICIST) – A native of New York City, Paul Jacobs started playing classical piano at a very young age, attending the Juilliard School of Music and playing at Carnegie Hall and on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Temporarily forsaking classical piano for rock keyboards and guitar, Jacobs then made his mark in the New York theatre scene, serving as musical director and co-writer of National Lampoon’s theatrical hit Lemmings, starring Christopher Guest, Chevy Chase and John Belushi, and writing the music for The National Lampoon Radio Hour, featuring Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Richard Belzer and Harold Ramis. Jacobs worked as the musical director for Meat Loaf, composing and producing songs that earned gold and platinum records all over the world. He has written for artists as diverse as Mel Torme, Roger Daltrey, Faith Hill, India Arie, Brian McKnight, Wynonna Judd, Ziggy Marley and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His work in children’s television has earned him two Emmy awards. He is currently the musical director of Between the Lions, and he has written, arranged and produced more than 100 songs for Sesame Street. Getting back to his classical roots, Jacobs won the 2000 Van Cliburn Institute Amateur Concerto Competition and performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. His classical piano and gospel organ playing are featured on the music-based preschool series Lomax, the Hound of Music, and he’s presently involved in several musical theatre projects for both adults and kids. Jacobs lives in New York City with his wife, Sarah Durkee, and their two children.


Watch this video on how to Make your own Leo Lionni mouse: using this craft instruction:


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