The Dot

January 17 - February 17, 2020

Suitable For All Ages


A collaboration with Escalate Dance

Approximately 60 MINUTES with no intermission. Check back closer to opening night.
Based on the book by Peter H. Reynolds
© 2003 by Peter H. Reynolds
Originally published by Candlewick Press
Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.

“Just make a dot and see where it takes you.” When Vashti’s teacher asks her to draw a picture, Vashti insists she’s not an artist and makes an angry dot to prove her point. But when Vashti’s teacher frames her dot and hangs it up, Vashti is sent on a surprising journey of self-discovery. This charming fable about the power of the creative spirit comes to life through music and dance this winter with our continuing collaboration with Escalate Dance.
The Dot
PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC) : Sunday, January 19, 2020, 4:00 PM

SENSORY FRIENDLY PUBLIC PERFORMANCE (SF) : Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:00 AM
To Reserve Sensory Friendly Performance Tickets: Call (952) 979-1111, option 4 or email

ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE (ASL) : Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 AM

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (AD) :Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 AM


Faith Barrett (Dance Ensemble), Anika Christy Benz (Dance Ensemble), Annabel Benz (Dance Ensemble), Rylie Benz (Dance Ensemble & Vashti Understudy), Georgia Blando (Dance Ensemble), Joseph Blando (Dance Ensemble), Dorian Brooke (Teacher), Marie Chouinard (Dance Ensemble), Sofia Chow (Dance Ensemble), Maggie Cronan (Porcupine), Anna Hanson (Dance Ensemble), Amilia Hinck (Dance Ensemble), Abby Horter (Dance Ensemble), Emily Huggett (Vashti), Paige Johander (Dance Ensemble), Reece Johander (Dance Ensemble), Andria Johnson (Dance Ensemble), Alexa Krienke (Dance Ensemble), Annaliese Leab (Dance Ensemble), Hayley Mullins (Dance Ensemble), Ali Norton (Dance Ensemble), Ashley Osness (Dance Ensemble), Kate Ross (Dance Ensemble), Cecilia Samadani (Dance Ensemble), Mira Samadani (Dance Ensemble), Jon Schumacher (Little Boy), Mia Towne (Dance Ensemble), Julia Foster Warder (Dance Ensemble), Evie Wright (Dance Ensemble)


  • STAGE MANAGER - Katie Sondrol
  • PROPS DESIGNER - Marc Berg
  • VIDEO DESIGNER - Cody R Braudt
  • MUSIC DIRECTOR - Sarah Hohenstein Burk
  • SET DESIGNER - Tiffany Fier
  • FJA APPRENTICE - Clare Judge
  • COMPOSER - James Lekatz
  • COSTUME SUPERVISOR - Christa Ludwig
  • LIGHTING DESIGNER - Grant E. Merges
  • PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson


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 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.
ANN MARIE OMEISH (CO-DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER) - Ann Marie Omeish is the owner and director of Escalate Dance and Theatre Studio. She has taught and choreographed dance and theater for the past thirty years in many venues throughout the region. After receiving a B.A. in Dance from Gustavus Adolphus, Ann Marie went on to incorporate theater in her experience, performing in and choreographing various productions including shows at Stages Theatre, Orchestra Hall, Lyric Arts and Normandale College. Ann Marie's passion for dance and theater led her to the decision to open her studio in the fall of 2004. She absolutely loves doing the dance collaboration with Stages Theatre every year!
PETER H. REYNOLDS (BOOK AUTHOR) - Peter H. Reynolds is the award-winning author and illustrator of The North Star, The Dot, and Ish. He also illustrated the bestselling Someday by Alison McGhee, Tess's Treeby Jess M. Brallier, and the bestselling Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald. Peter and his twin brother, Paul (now his business partner), were born in Canada but moved to a Massachusetts suburb when they were 3 years old. They made their first foray into publishing at the age of 7, when they began producing their own newspapers and comic books on their father’s photocopier. An incessant doodler since childhood, Peter credits his unique brand of humor and his love for the absurd to growing up with “very eccentric British parents” who were fond of watching Monty Python. “It was not a normal house,” he recalls. From his parents he also inherited an appreciation for tea, which he uses both as a beverage and an art medium. Peter is the president and creative director of FableVision Studios in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he produces award-winning children’s broadcast programming, educational videos, and multimedia applications, Peter was recently honored by Verizon as Literacy Leader of the Year (USA). The author-illustrator lives with his family in Dedham, Massachusetts.
JENNIFER KIRKEBY (PLAYWRIGHT) has been involved in theatre for over 25 years as a playwright, actress, choreographer, director and teacher. She has worked with Stages Theatre Company for over a fifteen years, writing the memorable productions of Dot and Tot of Merryland, Madeline’s Christmas, The Frog Prince, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Twelve Dancing Princesses, all published by Dramatic Publishing, as well as Harriet and Walt; The Mitten, Owl Moon; Aladdin and His Magical Lamp; The Paper Bag Princess; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; Giggle, Giggle Quack; Duck for President; If You Give a Moose a Muffin; Llama, Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, Bear Snores On, The Snow Queen; The Velveteen Rabbit; and last season’s The Nightingale. Other work includes Eyes Wide Open, a touching play about a teenage girl struggling with anorexia, which continues to tour schools. Jennifer is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., The Playwrights’ Center, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
JAMES LEKATZ (COMPOSER) - 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).