The North Star

In collaboration with Escalate Dance
Jan. 14 - Feb. 13, 2022 • All Ages

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The North Star


Chart a meaningful path through constellations. 

In collaboration with Escalate Dance 
Based on the book THE NORTH STAR © 2009 by Peter H. Reynolds 
Originally published by Candlewick Press 
Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. 
Script and Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby
Music by James Lekatz 

ALL AGES • WORLD PREMIERE!  


“The boy stared at the star and felt a pang in his heart, a tingling in his spine, a whisper in his ear.” This winter we continue our collaboration with Escalate Dance for a ninth season in a dance-inspired adaptation of Peter H. Reynolds’ tribute to “off-the-path” thinking. From the award-winning author of The Dot and Ish comes an encouraging tale of self-determination, creativity and hope. What is inspiration? Where can your experiences take you? How do you chart your way? Join us young and old alike for a lively journey through the constellations to find your own North Star.  

“Based on the book THE NORTH STAR © 2009 by Peter H. Reynolds. Originally published by Candlewick Press. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. 

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR


JANUARY 2022
Fri. 14 - 7 p.m.
Sat. 15 - 1 p.m.
Sun. 16 - 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. PWYC
Mon. 17 - 10 a.m.

Wed. 19 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Thu. 20 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Fri. 21 - 7 p.m.
Sat. 22 - 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Sun. 23 - 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Wed. 26 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Thu. 27 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Fri. 28 - 7 p.m.
Sat. 29 - 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. ASL/AD
Sun. 30 - 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

FEBRUARY 2022
Wed. 2 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Thu. 3 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Fri. 4 - 7 p.m.
Sat. 5 - 10 a.m. SF & 1 p.m.
Sun. 6 - 1 p.m.

Wed. 9 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Thu. 10 - 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Fri. 11 - 7 p.m.
Sat. 12 - 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Sun. 13 - 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

RUN DATES: Jan. 14 - Feb. 13, 2022
LOCATION: Mainstage Theatre
APPROPRIATE AGES: All Ages
DURATION: 60 Minutes

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

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PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC):
SUN, 1/16/2022 4PM

ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE (ASL) :
SAT, 1/29/2022 1PM

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (AD) :
SAT, 1/29/2022 1PM

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE (SF) :
SAT, 2/5/2022 10AM

RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW

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CAST


In alphabetical order
MOSQUITO - Kenza Ahmed
CAT - Marie Chouinard
TREE DANCER - Anne Marie Cline
TREE DANCER / NORTH STAR DANCER - Maggie Cronan
TREE DANCER / NORTH STAR DANCER - Allison Foster
NORTH STAR SOLOIST & TREE DANCER - Abby Horter
MOSQUITO - Julia Lau
OAK LEAF DANCER - Annaliese Leab
RABBITT - Jacob Marckel
SIGN DANCER - Elinor Mulhern
MOSQUITO - Aida Patrick
BIRD - Yasemin Pillay
THE CHILD - Alice Pinney
SIGN DANCER - Eva Poppe
MOSQUITO - Finley Ring
OAKLEAF DANCER - Kaley Ruotsinoja
OAKLEAF SOLOIST - Cecilia Samadani
OAKLEAF DANCER - Mira Samadani
MOSQUITO - Paloma Samadani
SIGN DANCER - Ella Schumacher
SIGN DANCER - Adrienne Shurts
OAK LEAF DANCER - Elizabeth Shurts
FROG - Savannah Noelle Switzer
MOSQUITO - Cecelia Williams
SIGN DANCER - Evie Wright

CREATIVE & CREW



ARTISTIC DIRECTOR STC & DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ESCALATE & DIRECTOR - Ann Marie Omeish
CHOREOGRAPHERS - TBA
MUSIC DIRECTOR - Sarah Hohenstein Burk
STAGE MANAGER - Caroline van Vliet
SET DESIGNER - Tiffany Fier
PROPS DESIGNER - Kim Ford
SOUND DESIGNER - Gretchen Katt
COMPOSER & SEQUENCING - James Lekatz
RESIDENT COSTUMER - Christa Ludwig
LIGHTING DESIGNER - Grant E. Merges
COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER - Stacey Palmer
PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Trevor Zapiecki

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER – TBA
SOUNDBOARD OPERATOR – TBA
CREW LEAD – TBA
FOLLOW SPOT OPERATORS – TBA
LIGHT BOARD OPERATORS – TBA

PAINT CHARGE - Cinde Ashley
PAINTERS - TBA
MASTER ELECTRICIAN – TBA
ELECTRICIANS - TBA
SHOP VOLUNTEERS - TBA


 

PHOTOS & VIDEO

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CREATIVE TEAM BIOS


SANDY BOREN-BARRETTSANDY BOREN-BARRETT (Co-Director and Artistic Director of Stages Theatre Company)
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.

ANN MARIE OMEISHANN MARIE OMEISH (Co-Director and Artistic Director of Escalate Dance)
Ann Marie Omeish is the owner and director of Escalate Dance and Theatre Studio. She has taught and choreographed dance and theater for the past thirty years in many venues throughout the region. After receiving a B.A. in Dance from Gustavus Adolphus, Ann Marie went on to incorporate theater in her experience, performing in and choreographing various productions including shows at Stages Theatre, Orchestra Hall, Lyric Arts and Normandale College. Ann Marie's passion for dance and theater led her to the decision to open her studio in the fall of 2004. She absolutely loves doing the dance collaboration with Stages Theatre every year!

Peter H. ReynoldsPETER H. REYNOLDS (Book Author)
Peter H. Reynolds is the award-winning author and illustrator of The North Star, The Dot, and Ish. He also illustrated the bestselling Someday by Alison McGhee, Tess's Treeby Jess M. Brallier, and the bestselling Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald. Peter and his twin brother, Paul (now his business partner), were born in Canada but moved to a Massachusetts suburb when they were 3 years old. They made their first foray into publishing at the age of 7, when they began producing their own newspapers and comic books on their father’s photocopier. An incessant doodler since childhood, Peter credits his unique brand of humor and his love for the absurd to growing up with “very eccentric British parents” who were fond of watching Monty Python. “It was not a normal house,” he recalls. From his parents he also inherited an appreciation for tea, which he uses both as a beverage and an art medium. Peter is the president and creative director of FableVision Studios in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he produces award-winning children’s broadcast programming, educational videos, and multimedia applications, Peter was recently honored by Verizon as Literacy Leader of the Year (USA). The author-illustrator lives with his family in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Jennifer KirkebyJENNIFER KIRKEBY (Playwright & Lyricist)
The North Star” by Peter Reynolds marks the 23rd play that Jennifer Kirkeby has written for Stages Theatre Company. Other plays she and James LeKatz adapted for the stage include: “The Velveteen Rabbit”, “Snow Queen”, and “The Dot”, also by Peter Reynolds. A former dancer, Kirkeby enjoys creating pieces with movement and music. She is also a recreation artist who has been featured in Vogue magazine. Visit her Instagram account: @jenniferkirkeby The North Star” by Peter Reynolds marks the 23rd play that Jennifer Kirkeby has written for Stages Theatre Company. Other plays she and James LeKatz adapted for the stage include: “The Velveteen Rabbit”, “Snow Queen”, and “The Dot”, also by Peter Reynolds. A former dancer, Kirkeby enjoys creating pieces with movement and music. She is also a recreation artist who has been featured in Vogue magazine. Visit her Instagram account: @jenniferkirkeby

James LekatzJAMES LEKATZ (Composer)
James Lekatz is a composer, movement director, and arts educator in the Twin Cities. He was on staff at Stages Theatre Company for 5 years as an Education Associate, teaching many workshops, residencies, as well as the CAST program. He has composed and music directed many productions at Stages. He was the Artistic Associate of Performing Arts at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts for 4 years, directing, acting, and programming work for the performing arts department. He has taught movement and movement directed productions at Augsburg College. Currently, he is a freelance composer, piano teacher, and aerial instructor. James firmly believes in giving young people a positive experience in the arts, as they will be the next generation of arts practitioners and arts patrons.