A Stages Theatre Company Original World Premiere Experience
Written by Jennifer Kirkeby
With music by Shirley Mier & James Lekatz
Inspired by the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett
All Ages

Beginning NOV 20, 2020

Shipping Is Available!

TWAS THE NIGHT: Out of the Box Experience is a holiday gift from our Stages family to your family. Gather around the hearth with a cup of hot cocoa for a journey into the magic of the holiday season. Once you are gathered together, we will provide the entertainment (and the hot cocoa!). This original adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is designed as an interactive cinematic radio broadcast to be watched and enjoyed by the whole family in your home.

Our Holiday Gift Box features an illustrated book of the original poem, cocoa and popcorn, and some charming holiday crafts, activities, and surprises to delight kids of all ages and the kid in us all. These goodies will also help your family interact with the story as it unfolds. This family experience will bring the joy and warmth of the holidays into your home and create a memory to be cherished for years to come.

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TWAS THE NIGHT : Out of the Box Experience

  • Exclusive limited time access to a VIDEO feature performance.
  • PROPS to interact with the show & CRAFTS inspired by ‘Twas the Night for up to TWO (2) children
  • A LETTER WRITING KIT to get all those holiday wishes to the North Pole
  • ONE BOOK: ‘Twas the Night
  • SNACKS & TREATS to enjoy while viewing the show
  • Surprise GAMES, ACTIVITIES, and MORE to delight kids of all ages
  • PLUS: A LIVE Story Time via Zoom with SANTA directly from the North Pole!
    (Reliable internet access required.)
  • COST:

    $85* per experience
    $10 per additional child (includes props and crafts)
    * Includes $5 ticket handling fee.
    Shipping is available at a cost of $7 per box.
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    In alphabetical order
    Erika Dierke (Commercial Actor)
    Jenna Dierke (Commercial Actor)
    Edric Duffy (Commercial Actor)
    Athan Fischer (Commercial Actor)
    Riley Gamades (1940s Family)
    Zoe Hollander (Daphne)
    Amy Horn (Lucy)
    Grant Hudson (1940s Family)
    Emily Huggett (1940s Family)
    Sayer Keeley (Silas)
    Indra Khariwala (1940s Family)
    Laura Mahler (1940s Mom)
    Sadie Nelson (Shirley)
    Matt Ouren (1940s Dad)
    Gideon Pressley (Elf)
    Evelyn Ring (Elf)
    Sarah Ring (Elf)
    Eliana Romero (Elf)
    Bruce Rowan (Santa)
    Savannah Switzer (Commercial Actor)
    Erika Dierke
    (Commercial Actor)
    Jenna Dierke
    (Commercial Actor)
    Edric Duffy
    (Commercial Actor)
    Athan Fischer
    (Commercial Actor)
    Riley Gamades
    (1940s Family)
    Zoe Hollander
    Amy Horn
    Grant Hudson
    (1940s Family)
    Emily Huggett
    (1940s Family)
    Sayer Keeley
    Indra Khariwala
    (1940s Family)
    Laura Mahler
    (1940s Mom)
    Sadie Nelson
    Matt Ouren
    (1940s Dad)
    Gideon Pressley
    Evelyn Ring
    Sarah Ring
    Eliana Romero
    Bruce Rowan
    Savannah Switzer
    (Commercial Actor)


    • DIRECTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
    • PLAYWRIGHT - Jennifer Kirkeby
    • MUSIC - Shirley Mier & James Lekatz
    • MUSIC DIRECTOR - Sarah Hohenstein Burk
    • SET & PROP DESIGN - Jim Hibbeler
    • COSTUMES & STAGE MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
    • DRAMATURG - Jeannine Coulombe
    • FILMING - Fischeye Films
    • EDITING - Jim Hibbeler
    • MUSIC MIX & EDITING - Matt Ouren
    • CARPENTER - Alan Pagel
    • ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Emily Sullivan
    • DIRECTOR'S APPRENTICE - Sadie Nelson
    • PRODUCTION SUPPORT - Yvonne Ring, Kenji Shoemaker


    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.
    Jennifer Kirkeby is a playwright, actress, and teacher. She has written 23 plays for Stages Theatre Company. Christmas has always been her favorite holiday, and while this year celebrations will be quite different, she is happy to be a part of this production that you can share with your family!
    Shirley Mier is a composer, music director and music educator in the Twin Cities area. She writes music of all kinds, in the theatre, educational and concert world. Her theatre and concert band music has been commissioned, published, and performed across the country, and her orchestral suite Of Lakes and Legends, commissioned for the Century Chamber Orchestra, was released on the PARMA label in 2019. Shirley earned her Ph.D. in Music Composition from the U of M in 2005 and joined the faculty at Century College in 2007, where she teaches music courses and music-directs theatre productions. She plays melodica and keyboard in a bluegrass/country band and recently composed the score for Century’s fall production of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms, performed entirely on Zoom.
    James Lekatz is a music director and composer in the Twin Cities. As a music director he has predominantly collaborated with Black Dirt Theatre, Mixed Precipitations, and Stages Theatre Company. As a composer at Stages Theatre Company, he has written the music for James and the Giant Peach, the ballet The Snow Queen, and musical version of The Velveteen Rabbit, in addition to many songs for workshops and conservatory programs. With the Minnesota Historical Society, he has a reoccurring holiday production about the history of Victorian Carols. He has worked with many companies within the Twin Cities and London, England. He holds a B.A in Theatre Arts, and a Certificate of Completion from the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).
    Jeannine Coulombe has been the Manager of New Play Development at Stages Theatre Company since 2015 and on staff since 2008. Over the last six seasons she has assisted in the development of more than a dozen of Stages' original adaptations for our mainstage productions. As a playwright, her adaptations for Stages have included Iron-Hearted Violet, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, Zen Shorts, Zen Ties, Crenshaw, A Fish in a Tree, One Dog Canoe, and I Love You, Stinky Face. Her work as a director has been seen at Stages in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lillie's Purple Plastic Purse, Number the Stars, Flora & Ulysses, The Hobbit, Charlotte's Web, and Iron-Hearted Violet. Ms. Coulombe has been a theatre artist in the Twin Cities for over two decades. She was a founding member of both Theatre Unbound and the Workhaus Playwrights Collective. She 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.
    A performer and recording artist on keyboard, violin, vocals and percussion, Sarah Hohenstein Burk has toured the U.S., Europe and the Middle East with a variety of ensembles and theatre troupes. Ongoing endeavors include directing and performing with her jazz trio, as well as dates with various jazz, big band, R&B, gospel, classical chamber, international dance and variety ensembles. She has played the roles of music director, conductor, composer, instrumentalist and arranger in over 100 theatre productions and is actively involved in the development and production of new works at Stages Theatre Company, the History Theatre, Theater Latté Da and Green T Productions.