2022-23 Season • A Season of Possibility



ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR.

March 3-19, 2023

Recommended for AGES 7 AND UP

Book by Lynn Ahrens | Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens | Music by Stephen Flaherty | Based on “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy

Directed & Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder



A testimony to love in a world of prejudice.

A Calypso-flavored score weaves through this heart-filled tale that tests the strength of love against the power of prejudice. A 60-minute, young-audience adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical packed with catchy songs and non-stop dance.


RUN DATES: March 3-19, 2023
LOCATION: Mainstage Theatre
APPROPRIATE AGES:Ages 7+
DURATION: Aprx 60 Minutes



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PERFORMANCE CALENDAR



March 3-19, 2023






ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com



ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES



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PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC): SUN, 3/3/2023 4PM

ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE (ASL) : SAT, 3/11/2023 1PM

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (AD) : SAT, 3/11/2023 1PM

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE (SF) : SAT, 3/18/2023 10AM




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Featuring the New Broadway Cast


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KELLI FOSTER WARDERKELLI FOSTER WARDER (DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER) - Kelli Foster Warder is a director & choreographer based in the Twin Cities and is the associate artistic director and director of impact at Theater Latte Da. Kelli has been a teacher and arts administrator for over 25 years. Her work as a choreographer and director has been seen on stages in the Twin Cities and the country including Hennepin Theatre Trust, Children's Theatre Company, The Ordway, Artistry, The 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida and the ZACH Theater in Texas. Kelli has produced and created productions internationally in La Paz, Bolivia and Panama City, Panama.



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A testimony to love in a world of prejudice.

Thousands upon thousands of young people receive their first exposure to theatre at Stages Theatre Company. Study guides are a great way to extend student learning beyond their visit. Our free study guides contain tons of information, ideas and activities: author/playwright biographies, notes on historical context, cross-curricular classroom activities, theatre etiquette, and discussion questions for before and after you come to see the show!

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KELLI FOSTER WARDERKELLI FOSTER WARDER (DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER) - Kelli Foster Warder is a director & choreographer based in the Twin Cities and is the associate artistic director and director of impact at Theater Latte Da. Kelli has been a teacher and arts administrator for over 25 years. Her work as a choreographer and director has been seen on stages in the Twin Cities and the country including Hennepin Theatre Trust, Children's Theatre Company, The Ordway, Artistry, The 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida and the ZACH Theater in Texas. Kelli has produced and created productions internationally in La Paz, Bolivia and Panama City, Panama.





LYNN AHRENS LYNN AHRENS (BOOK & LYRICS) - Lynn Ahrens won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for Broadway's Ragtime. For Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature film Anastasia, she was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. She and longtime collaborator Stephen Flaherty received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Broadway: Anastasia; Once On This Island (Olivier Award, Best Musical; Tony nominations, Best Book and Score); Seussical (Grammy nomination); My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life; Rocky; Madison Square Garden's A Christmas Carol; Ragtime (2010 Broadway revival). Off-Broadway and regional: Lincoln Center Theater's Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones (both Drama Desk-nominated) and A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical); Lucky Stiff; Little Dancer (Kennedy Center world premiere). Film and television credits include A "Christmas Carol" (NBC-TV); Camp (IFC Films); "Schoolhouse Rock" (ABC-TV) and others. (Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations). She is a Council member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a co-founder of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, and a Lilly Award winner for Lyrics. www.ahrensandflaherty.com





STEPHEN FLAHERTY STEPHEN FLAHERTY (MUSIC) - Stephen Flaherty is the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations), Once on This Island (Tony nomination, Olivier Award, Best Musical) and Rocky. Additional Broadway includes Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). Stephen has also written four musicals at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (OCC, Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater includes In Your Arms (Old Globe), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons) and Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago's Jefferson Award, Best New Musical.) Film includes Anastasia (two Academy Award and two Golden Globe nominations), the documentary After The Storm and Lucky Stiff. Mr. Flaherty's concert music has premiered at the Hollywood Bowl, Boston's Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum and Symphony Space. This year celebrates Stephen's 32-year collaboration with lyricist-librettist Lynn Ahrens. Stephen and Lynn are members of the Dramatists Guild Council and co- founders of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. In 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall Of Fame. Upcoming: the stage adaptation of Anastasia. AhrensAndFlaherty.com.




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