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ON THE RAILROAD - A Theatre for the Very Young Production at Stages Theatre Company


Aug 3-26, 2018


Sponsored by BNSF RAILWAY

A Theatre for the Very Young Production

Directed by Melanie Salmon-Peterson

Written by Jim Hibbeler

Age Recommendation
0-4 Years


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

Choo-choo! All aboard! Hop on the train as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with an original, company created adventure for our youngest audiences on everything to do with trains and railroads. “I’ve been working on the railroad…” will sing on down the track as we explore this immersive environment full of story, music and wonder. Don’t be left standing on the platform as this one-of-a-kind experience leaves from the station to the very heart of a child’s imagination!

RUN TIME: Approximately 45 minutes with no intermission

Theatre for the Very Young

Stages Theatre Company is quickly becoming a national leader in producing Theatre for the Very Young, a genre of theatre that has been popular in Europe and Australia for more than 25 years.

In this participatory, multi-sensory theatre genre for children age 18-months to 4 years and their caregivers, kids become an integral part of telling the story and are fully engaged throughout the show by professional adult actors and youth actors.

Launched in 2014 with our groundbreaking production of The Dandelion Seed, our Theatre for the Very Young productions have been met with an outpouring of interest, and are raising the bar in providing theatre experiences for the youngest of audiences.


As a leader in producing Theatre for the Very Young, we are proud of the productions we’ve created. Watch our list of original pieces for our youngest audiences grow below.

  • 2014 – The Dandelion Seed
  • 2016 – Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • 2017 – Swimmy


We had the extreme joy of witnessing ‘The Dandelion Seed’ as a family with our daughter the week after her first birthday. She explored the set with the actors with her unsteady legs that had just taken their first steps a few weeks earlier, and I changed my ideas of what I thought theatre could do. It was at that performance that I saw my daughter step out of babyhood and into the world.


In alphabetical order: Jaede D. Bayala (Conductor), Claire Chapman (Yardmaster), Jasmine Garry (Sectionmaster), Emily May (Postmaster), Miranda Muilenburg (Trackmaster), Alanna Nyberg (Stationmaster), Gideon Pressley (Brakemaster), Nathan Rowan (Musician & Composer), Jon Schumacher (Herder), Savannah Noelle Switzer (Engineer), Trinity Thorstad (Porter)


Artistic Director – Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Playwright – Jim Hibbeler
Stage Manager – Kallie Jo Ascheman
Lighting Designer – Sarah Brandner
Technical Director & Set Designer – Jim Hibbeler
Resident Costumer – Lisa Mangone
Costume Designer – Stacey Palmer
Musician & Composer – Nathan Rowan
Props Designer – Megan Teynor


Fri 8/3 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Sat 8/4 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Sun 8/5 2:30 & 4:00

Wed 8/8 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Thu 8/9 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Fri 8/10 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Sat 8/11 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Sun 8/12 2:30 & 4:00

Wed 8/15 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Thu 8/16 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Fri 8/17 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Sat 8/18 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Sun 8/19 2:30 & 4:00

Wed 8/22 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Thu 8/23 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Fri 8/24 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Sat 8/25 9:00, 10:30 & 12:30
Sun 8/26 2:30 & 4:00



Photos by Bruce Challgren


Click here to PLAN YOUR VISIT


Whether your child already loves trains, is inspired by our production of On The Railroad to interact more with trains, or if you want to introduce them to trains before seeing the show, the following ideas and resources can be used to extend the experience of this immersive and interactive production for our youngest audience members.

  • Watch and sing along with videos featuring trains and train inspired songs.
  • Read train and railroad themed books
  • Embark on a local outing to a train museum
  • Engage in train inspired crafts and at-home activities




  • My Big Train Book by Roger Priddy
  • The Goodnight Train by June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith
  • Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
  • Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night? By Brianna Caplan Sayres and Christian Slade
  • The Little Train by Lois Lenski
  • Locomotive by Brian Floca
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • The Caboose Got Loose by Bill Peet


TWIN CITIES MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM – 668 Transfer Road, Suite 8, St. Paul, MN 55114   –   The Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum has a vast amount of railway models and surrounding scenes to fascinate young kids. There are historical reproductions of local landmarks, a toy train division and a hands-on section for tiny fingers to test out their prowess as a conductor.

MINNESOTA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM JACKSON STREET ROUNDHOUSE & MUSEUM – 193 Pennsylvania Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55130  –   \The historic Jackson Street Roundhouse was a former maintenance facility for steam engines and now a place where kids can explore exhibits detailing local railroad history, experience one of the last operating roundhouse turntables in the US, and view restored classic steam engines. Every Wednesday throughout the summer is a Tots and Trains event with railroad themed storytelling, music and crafts.

CHOO-CHOO BOB’S TRAIN STORE – 2050 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104   –   Founded in 2005, Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store is a family friendly shop with an interactive play area that’s open daily to the public, operating train layouts, and a weekly story hour with train themed stories and songs.


2017/2018 Season Sponsor: Jerry's Foods and Media Partner: Twin Cities Live
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