Peace 4 the Ages


New Performance Dates:

August 21-23, 2020


A co-production of Stages Theatre Company and Alive & Kickin
Approximately 90 MINUTES with an intermission.
Suitable For All Ages
Update as of Thursday, April 16, 2020

Performances have been rescheduled for August 21-23, 2020.
Patrons with tickets for the originally scheduled, March performances have been rolled over in the same seats, to the current performance schedule as shown below. If you are a current ticket holder and need to change your tickets to another performance of Peace 4 the Ages (at no charge), please call our box office at 952-979-1111, option 4 during our temporary box office hours (M-F 12n-4pm).
A co-production of Stages Theatre Company and Alive & Kickin
Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett and Michael Matthew Ferrell
Peace 4 the Ages, first-of-its kind intergenerational collaboration between Stages Theatre Company and Alive & Kickin, brings together youth and elders in an artistic exploration of the question “What does peace mean to you?”

Youth and elders connect as pen pals and share their life experiences. Using the words and ideas shared through writing and discussions, their unique stories will come to life through music, dance, personal narrative, poetry, and video.

This project, born out of fundamental desire to expand the perspectives of youth and elders, challenges audiences to consider what different generations have to say about peace and how it changes through a lifetime.


In Rehearsal video created by Isabelle Waggoner
Rehearsal video courtesy of Fischeye Films

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Peace 4 the Ages produces Song of Hope for the World


in alphabetical order.
Faith Barrett, Bruce Bentson, Aidan Einhorn, Sophie Farrell, Athan Fischer, Riley Gamades, Norma Garfin, Jane Hoffmann, Grant Hudson, Alison Johnson, Sayer Keeley, Indra Khariwala, Duane Koivisto, Samara Koshiol, Karen Koski, Kennedy Lucas, Phil Margolis, Dave McCollum, Eric Paulson, Chuck Pickett, Kyla Ashlee Plair, Mary Ponthan, Gideon Pressley, Hannah Seeman, Medi Semkoff, Mary Kay Fortier Spalding, Denise Tabet and Carol Tungseth


Faith Barrett
Bruce Bentson
Aidan Einhorn
Sophie Farrell
Athan Fischer
Riley Gamades
Norma Garfin
Jane Hoffmann
Grant Hudson
Alison Johnson
Sayer Keeley
Indra Khariwala
Duane Koivisto
Samara Koshiol
Karen Koski
Kennedy Lucas
Phil Margolis
Dave McCollum
Eric Paulson
Chuck Pickett
Kyla Ashlee Plair
Mary Ponthan
Gideon Pressley
Hannah Seeman
Medi Semkoff
Mary Kay Fortier Spalding
Denise Tabet
Carol Tungseth



Rehearsal photos courtesy of Fischeye Films

Creative and Production Team

  • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR STC - Sandy Boren-Barrett
  • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of ALIVE & KICKIN - Michael Matthew Ferrell
  • MUSIC DIRECTOR - Jason James Hansen
  • PROGRAM MANAGER - Krysti Phillips
  • PRODUCTION MANAGER & STAGE MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
  • VIDEOGRAPHER - Steve Fischer
SANDY 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 a dual passion for theatre production and arts education. An accomplished director, Boren-Barrett has directed more than 60 productions at STC, which include many new works, such as Twelve Dancing Princesses by The Brothers Grimm, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon & Starry River of the Sky, based on the books by Grace Lin, and the ballet collaborations of Owl Moon and The Snow Queen. Sandy has also directed such family favorites as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Annie Jr. and Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
MICHAEL MATTHEW FERRELL (Co-Director and Executive/Artistic Director and Founder of Alive & Kickin) Michael is a three-time Ivey Award winner and recently received the AARP 50 over 50 Distrutor Award. He was also named 2015 & 2010 Choreographer of the Year by Lavender Magazine and also won the WCCO Making A Difference Award for his work with A&K. Theater Credits include: Drowsy Chaperone, Hairspray, Guys and Doll’s, Singin’ In The Rain, Les Miserables, 42nd Street, On The Town and Oklahoma for Artistry; Gypsy, Oliver!, Cabaret, Aida, Company, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Evita, The Full Monty, Parade, The Rink, and Passage of Dreams for Theatre Latte Da; RagTime, and The Fantastics for Park Square Theatre; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Grand Night for Singing, and Broadway’s Legendary Ladies at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts . Shrek,Wizard of Oz, Annie, Babe The Sheep Pig,Tommy, Spelling Bee, Disney’s High School Musical ,A Year with Frog and Toad ,and Fashion 47 for The Children’s Theatre Company. Cats, Annie, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Music Man, My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid, Oklahoma, and Can Can for Chanhassen Theatre’s. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, White Christmas, Anything Goes for the Duluth Playhouse. Additionally his work has been seen at The Ivey Awards, Children’s Theatre Curtain Call Ball, The Minnesota Opera Company, Sesame Street, Stages Theatre Company, Pantages Theatre, Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards and Guthrie Theatre. He has staged many corporate events with clients including Target Corporation and American Payroll Association . He has also taught and worked at several academic schools including U of M ,UMD,Gus Davis Academy, St Olaf College, Eastview, Hill Murray, Minnetonka and Spooner WI .
JASON JAMES HANSEN (Music Director, Arranger, Associate Director for A&K) Jason has held positions of music director, composer, orchestrator, educator, and/or performer for over 70 productions throughout the Twin Cities. His work has been heard at the Children’s Theatre Company, Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theater, Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, History Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Jungle Theater, Theater Mu, Arkansas Repertory Theater, Northern Sky Theater, Artistry, Illusion Theater, TigerLion Arts, Open Eye Figure Theater, University of Minnesota, UofM Centennial Showboat, MN Fringe Festival, and with the Hennepin Theater Trust’s Spotlight program. He has helped direct and create over 10 world premiers in the past three years and has provided orchestrations for new works in the Twin Cities and regional theaters throughout the country. He won the 2018 MN Theater Award for Best Performative Direction. In addition to directing and arranging music for Alive & Kickin, Jason is heavily involved with community organizations and Twin Cities area school districts. Jason is a commissioned composer and arranger developing new music for choir, cabaret and theater and his works can be found with both Hal Leonard and Alfred Music. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife Alise and daughter Madeleine.
MELANIE SALMON-PETERSON (Stage Manager) - 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.
KRYSTI WIITA PHILLIPS (Program Manager) - Krysti is ecstatic to bring her two families together to create something magical. Krysti is the Program & Events Manager and Development Associate for Alive & Kickin and has been a part of the A&K family for 5 years. She has also done 3 productions at Stages Theatre Company: Elf Jr., Mary Poppins Jr., and Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Krysti has worked on many theatrical productions throughout the Twin Cities at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, GREAT Theatre, Duluth Playhouse, Theatre Latte Da, and Artistry.