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Stages Theatre Company presents Swimmy Theatre for the Very Young
Swimmy is sponsored by FOSS SWIM SCHOOL

Swimmy Theatre for the Very Young

Aug 4 – 19, 2017  •  Ages 1-5  •  World Premiere Exclusive!


Based on the book by Leo Lionni

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Tickets are $10 each and lap passes are available for children 0-1yrs only.

RUNNING TIME: Approximately 45 minutes.

Journey with us to the depths of the ocean as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with the subtly beautiful tale of Swimmy, based on the Caldecott Honor book by Leo Lionni. Being a different color doesn’t stop Swimmy from teaching his fellow fish to think “outside the box.” His uniqueness is just the thing to inspire his school to work together to ward off impending danger. Swimmy may also just inspire our youngest audiences to join in this imaginative under water adventure.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni is produced with permission of Nora Lionni. By Leo Lionni © 1963, © renewed 1991.


This production is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts


in Alphabetical Order


in Alphabetical Order

Miel Aronson – We are excited to have Miel back at Stages Theatre Company. She recently appeared in Flora & Ulysses: The Illuninated Adventures. She has also appeared in productions with Children’s Theatre Company and Chaska Valley Family Theatre. Miel is 14 years old and in the 9th grade. “Thank you to my amazing family, my wonderful friends from Flora & Ulysses, and everyone who has supported me in my journey as an actress.”

Kolton Ascheman – Swimmy is Kolton’s second show at Stages Theatre Company. He has previously performed in The Velveteen Rabbit. Kolton recently finished our First Job in the Arts intern program, with an internship in lighting and sound design for Shrek The Musical. He is looking forward to performing in Swimmy, his first Theatre for the Very Young production.

Faith Barrett – Swimmy is Faith’s fourth production with Stages Theatre Company. She previously appeared in The Velveteen Rabbit, The Snow Queen, and Annie Jr. Faith has also been part of Stages Theatre Company’s Education Program’s Next Stage: The Little Mermaid Jr. Faith is 12 years old and a student at Orono Middle School. “Thanks to my parents, and my sister Ivy for helping me do this!”

Grace Lynch – Grace is returning to Stages Theater Company for her second production, having previously appeared in Number the Stars. She has been a student in our Acting Conservatory classes for six years. Grace is 15 years old and in the 10th grade. Her hobbies include painting, kayaking, and debate. “I’m very excited to help bring the story of Swimmy to life for this unique audience!”

Jai’dyn McWilliams – Swimmy is Jai’dyn’s debut with Stages Theatre Company. He is 10 years old and in the 5th grade. Jai’dyn enjoys acting, playing soccer, and basketball. “Thank you Stages Theatre for the opportunity to be in my first play!”

Miranda Muilenburg – Miranda is making her debut with Stages Theatre Company. She is 11 years old and in the 6th grade. Miranda enjoys reading, music and performing with her dance team. “Do more of what makes you happy” – Careml McConnell

Aniya Rhodes – We are excited to have Aniya in her Stages Theatre Company debut. She has previously appeared in productions with Wayzata East Middle School. Aniya also sings in choir and performs in Praise Dance at New Way Baptist Church, and enjoys volleyball.
“Thank you to Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa and Caleb.”

Nathan Rowan – Nathan Rowan is always excited to collaborate with Stages Theatre, a place where he realized at a young age his rare condition of “Reverse Stage Fright” (RSF). While not boasting on his performative prowess or complaining about his upbringing, Nathan can be found parenting a baby human, leading a monthly book club, working with folks with special needs, and crafting a follow-up to his 2014 album, Universe in Me.

Savannah Switzer – We are excited to have Savannah in her Stages Theatre Company debut in Swimmy. She is 11 years old and in the 6th grade. Savannah has been part of Stages Theatre Company’s Education Program’s Next Stage: Annie Jr. She has also appeared in Twin Cities Ballet Productions: Narnia, Cinderella 1944, and Coppélia Nouveau. “Special thanks to my family and friends for their support!”

Annarose Woelm – Annarose is making her Stages Theater Company debut. She is 13 years old and in the 8th grade. Her previous theatre credits include The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde Jr., Alice @ Wonderland and Law and Order Fairy Tale Unit. Annarose enjoys archery, figure skating, and listening to Broadway musical soundtracks like Wicked and Hamilton.


Artistic Director – Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Playwright – Katharine Benyo
Lighting Designer – Sarah Brandner
Set Designer – Jim Hibbeler
Techincal Director – Alan Pagel
Costume & Makeup Designer – Stacey Palmer
Composer & Musician – Nathan Rowan
Props Designer – Megan Teynor
Stage Manager – David Gamache
Assistant Stage Manager – Kallie Jo Ascheman
First Job in the Arts Interns – Liliana Felton, Joe Pelner


Scenic Artist – Cinde Ashley
Carpenters – Sam Harmon, Kenji Shoemaker
Shop Volunteers – John Cardinal, Justin Dekker, Marianne Wolfe



Fri 8/4 9, 10:30 & 12
Sat 8/5 9, 10:30 & 12

Tue 8/8 9, 10:30 & 12
Wed 8/9 9, 10:30 & 12
Thu 8/10 9, 10:30 & 12
Fri 8/11 9, 10:30 & 12
Sat 8/12 9, 10:30 & 12

Tue 8/15 9, 10:30 & 12
Wed 8/16 9, 10:30 & 12
Thu 8/17 9, 10:30 & 12
Fri 8/18 9, 10:30 & 12
Sat 8/19 9, 10:30 & 12


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