Apr 21 – May 21, 2017 • ALL AGES • World Premiere
Script & Lyrics by Jeannine Coulombe, Music & Lyrics by Michael Gruber
An original musical adaptation based on the European folktale.
The classic folktale of the feared strangers who inspire a whole community through the use of one little stone charms its way onto our main stage this spring in a world premiere musical. When war-weary foreigners arrive in the village square, fear and suspicion reign. But as the outsiders start to make soup out of a stone, each of the locals is prompted to contribute to the ever-growing, communal meal. Come share this ageless story with us as it serves up a delightfully poignant reminder that community is built one ingredient at a time.
MUSICAL | RUNNING TIME: approximately 1 hour
- Sunday, April 23 at 2 pm – Pay What You Can performance
- Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm Captioned performance
- Saturday, May 6 at 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance
- Wednesday, May 10 at 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance
- Saturday, May 13 at 1 pm – ASL & Audio Described performance
Illustrations © 1998 by Susan Gaber. Published 1998 by August House LittleFolk. Used by permission of August House LittleFolk. All rights reserved.
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CAST & BIOS
in Alphabetical Order
NOVUS – Akinbemi Hernández Abreu
PINTER – Celia Birgy
FIRST JOB IN THE ARTS INTERN – Rose Birgy
LECTOR – Taylor Breimhorst
NATI – Eli Cambridge
LAYERS – Lucy Daniels
PRIND – Lynnea Doublette
APURI – Hailey Felt
TORUN – Clea Gaïtas Sur
ANTIGO – Reginald D Haney
WHEELS – Katie Johnson
JOKER – Avital Keeley
DECKS – Sayer Keeley
CHAPEAU – Hannah Paulsen
JIDU – Bruce Rowan
AXEL – Lucas Schutz
JOVANA – Giada Strom
TRUCKS – Tiahna Wolfe-Shields
Akinbemi Hernández Abreu (Novus) – Stone Soup is Akin’s second production with Stages Theatre Company. He previously appeared in Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans. Akin has also appeared in productions with Lee Family Puppet Show and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. His other interests include chess, Cuban and African music, and soccer. Akin has been fortunate to have spent several summers with family in Cuba, where he has enjoyed connecting with his Cuban family and culture.
Celia Birgy (Pinter) – We are excited to have Celia in her third production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in Annie Jr. and Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans. Celia is a gymnast who loves to sing, play her ukulele, and act. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continuous support through everything!
Taylor Breimhorst (Lector) – Taylor is excited to be in her second production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in I Love You, Stinky Face. Taylor is a brain tumor survivor, and in her spare time she makes bracelets and donates the money for kids going through cancer treatment with The Pinky Swear Foundation.“I want to give special thanks to my family and friends for supporting me through my journey with my illness and getting me here, to my teachers at the Stages Acting Conservatory for helping me learn the art of acting, and to the cast and crew of the show.”
Eli Cambridge (Nati) – We are excited to have Eli in his Stages Theatre Company debut. He has been a part of our FAIR School / Stages Theatre Company partnership productions including Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963, The Lion King Jr, and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. “I love to dance, sing, play basketball and act.”
Lucy Daniels (Layers) – Lucy is thrilled to be back for her third production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in I Love You, Stinky Face and Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Lucy has also been a part of Stages Theatre Company’s Education Program’s Next Stage: The Little Mermaid Jr. and Next Stage: Annie Jr. “Thanks to my family for their support and inspiration.”
Lynnea Doublette (Prind) – Lynnea is thrilled to be returning to Stages Theatre Company in this production of Stone Soup. She has also appeared in productions with History Theater, Theatre Latté Da, Guthrie Theater, Illusion Theater, and Theatre in the Round. She has been seen in numerous commercials, industrial films, and print ads and her film credits include Turnipseed, Autistic License and His Neighbor Phil. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Winona State University and a M.S. in Healthcare Communications from Saint Thomas University. “Thank you, Lord for your many blessings and thank you Mom, Dad, Ivory and Danielle!” www.lynneadoublette.com
Hailey Felt (Apuri) – Hailey is excited to be making her Stages Theatre Company debut. She has been in her school productions of Once Upon A Matteress and Antigone. Hailey has played hockey for five years and speaks fluent French. She also enjoys baking, hanging out with friends, as well as singing and listening to music.
Clea Gaïtas Sur (Torun) – Clea is thrilled to be back for her fourth production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in I Love You, Stinky Face, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Clea has also appeared in productions with Fidgety Fairy Tales, Morris Park Players, St. Anthony Community Theater, theatre e3, and CAMP! “Besides acting, I enjoy playing basketball and piano. I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for getting me where I am and my friends for supporting me.”
Reginald D Haney (Antigo) – Reginald is thrilled to be back with Stages Theatre Company. He last appeared in The Little Mermaid Jr. as King Triton. He has performed on stage and in the classroom for Stages Theatre Company for many years. Reginald has worked for various theatres throughout the cities including Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and Theatre Latté Da. He is also a proud member of three-time Grammy award winning group Sounds of Blackness. “It is an honor to share the stage with so much talent. Special thanks to supporting family. Please enjoy the show!”
Katie Johnson (Wheels) – We are excited to have Katie in her first production with Stages Theatre Company. She has previously appeared in productions with Lakeville Performing Arts Center, TCHA, Acting with Character, and Institute for Cultural Communicators.
Avital Keeley (Joker) – Avital is making is her Stages Theatre Company debut in Stone Soup. At 14 years old, this marks her 14th show. She has previously appeared in productions with Berkshire Children’s Theater and Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. “Special thanks to everyone who told me to do better, the reason I never give up.”
Sayer Keeley (Decks) – Sayer recently appeared in A Charlie Brown Christmas and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at Stages Theater Company, and is excited to be returning in this production of Stone Soup. He has performed dance theatre roles with Out on a Limb Dance Company and School since the age of 3. “Throw me to the wolves and I’ll come out leading the pack.”
Hannah Paulsen (Chapeau) – Hannah is thrilled to return to Stages for such a beautiful show. She has previously appeared in Duck for President, Twelve Dancing Princesses, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Number the Stars. Hannah has also appeared in productions with Theatre in the Round, Ashland Productions, Lakeshore Players, 4 Community Theatre, and The Phipps Center for the Arts. She would like to thank her wonderful cast and creative staff, and give a special shout out to her parents for all the support they give and helping with all the driving. Enjoy the show!
Bruce Rowan (Jidu) – Except for our ageless Artistic Director, Bruce has more years with Stages Theatre Company than anyone else. Performing with the Company at least once in every season for the past 25 years, and many more playwriting and directing credits. He watched his two children first take classes, audition, perform and then return as adults to be contributing artists themselves. His wife Sharon also shares history with the company, performing in the first Stages production in this building, the musical Nutcracker, and most recently as Grandma and Grandpa Llama in Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama. “And of course, the third generation is on the way.”
Lucas Schultz (Axle) – Lucas is excited to be back at Stages Theatre Company for his second production. He previously appeared in Number the Stars. “I enjoy snowboarding, playing baseball and basketball. Thank you to my mom and dad for all of their support!”
Giada Strom (Javana) – Stone Soup is Giada’s first production with Stages Theatre Company. She has been a part of our FAIR School / Stages Theatre Company partnership productions including Shrek Jr. The Musical, Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963, and The Lion King Jr. She is grateful for the opportunity to perform with Stages Theater Company, as this is “one of the best times I’ve had in my life!!! They’ve shown me a world that I love and always need to be a part of…”
Tiahna Wolfe-Shields (Trucks) – Tiahna is back at Stages Theatre Company in Stone Soup for her second production. She was previously in Junie B. Jones – the Musical. She has been a part of our FAIR School / Stages Theatre Company partnership productions including Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 and The Lion King Jr. Tiahna has also appeared in productions with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. Tiahna would like to thank Cynthia Bradford and Joelle Fernandez for being great inspirations in her life.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
CHOREOGRAPHER – Dorian Brooke
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Sarah Hohenstein Burk
RESIDENT COSTUMER – Josette Elstad
SET DESIGNER – Tiffany Fier
COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Samantha Fromm Haddow
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Mike Kittel
SOUND DESIGNER – Alan Pagel
Bio for JEANNINE COULOMBE (SCRIPT & LYRICS) – Jeannine Coulombe is a Minnesota native, playwright and theatre artist. 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, With A Baby Carriage, 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 One Dog Canoe and I Love You, Stinky Face, both musical adaptations in which she wrote both the book and lyrics. Her 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) Ms. Coulombe 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 is a founding member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective in Minneapolis. She was also a founding member of the Twin Cities’ company Theatre Unbound. Currently, she is the Manager of New Play Development at Stages Theatre Company. In addition to playwriting, she works as a director and dramaturg.
Bio for MICHAEL GRUBER (MUSIC & LYRICS) – Michael is a founding member and resident composer of The Catalysts Theater Co., having written such works as: Fruit Fly, Shelly Bachberg presents: How Helen Keller and Anne Frank Freed the Slaves and Orange is the New POTUS. Other musical works include: The Old Dead Five, Hit it, Mike! and the following song cycles: The Not So Peaceable Kingdom, The Tennessee Cycle, Loved Returned and Songs for Two Women. He is currently in development of a new musical- Vegas Organic- with collaborator Whitney Rhodes.
Fri 4/21 7pm
Sat 4/22 1pm
Sun 4/23 2 pm – Pay What You Can performance & 4:30pm
Wed 4/26 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 4/27 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 4/28 10am
Sat 4/29 10am & 1 pm Captioned performance
Sun 4/30 2 & 4:30pm
Wed 5/3 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 5/4 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 5/5 7pm
Sat 5/6 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance
Sun 5/7 2 & 4:30pm
Wed 5/10 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance & 12:30pm
Thu 5/11 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 5/12 7pm
Sat 5/13 10am & 1 pm – ASL & Audio Described performance
Sun 5/14 2 & 4:30pm
Wed 5/17 10am & 12:30pm
Thu 5/18 10am & 12:30pm
Fri 5/19 7pm
Sat 5/20 10am & 1pm
Sun 5/21 2pm
SPECIAL APPEARANCES & OTHER RESOURCES
4/22/17 – Stone Soup Event at Jerry’s Foods Edina
IN THE NEWS
- 4/24/17 – CCX Media: Weekend Showcase: Stone Soup
- 4/21/17 – SW Media News: Stages Theatre Company’s Stone Soup tastes like a better community
- 3/27/17 – BroadwayWorld: Minneapolis – Cast Set for Stone Soup at Stages Theatre Company