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


Aug 3-26, 2018

A Theatre for the Very Young Production

Directed by Melanie Salmon-Peterson

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.


Check back soon for a complete cast list.

Learn about AUDITIONS at Stages Theatre Company


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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




In this section you will find:


  • SHOW BACKGROUND – See below

  • FAMILY GUIDE – Make the Most of Your Experience! ~ Coming Soon




MEM FOX (AUTHOR) – Mem Fox is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies (Flinders University, South Australia), and also Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author.

Her first publication, Possum Magic, is the best-selling children’s book in Australia. It is thirty four years old this year and is still available in hard-back. She has written many other internationally best-selling books for children including Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a copy of which was Australia’s official gift to Prince George, the new royal baby.

Mem has also written several non-fiction books for adults, including her renowned book for parents: Reading Magic. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages. She has received many civic honors and awards, and three honorary doctorates. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, but leaps around a bit as an advocate for literacy and literature. VISIT:

Jeannine CoulombeJEANNINE COULOMBE (PLAYWRIGHT) – Jeannine is a theatre artist, playwright and educator. She has directed over twenty theatre productions in the Twin Cities and in past seasons for Stages Theatre Company, she has directed The Diary of Anne FrankLilly’s Purple Plastic PurseZen Ties(Co-Directed), The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneNumber the Stars, and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. As a playwright, she has authored more than a dozen full-length original plays and numerous shorter works. Her plays have been seen in the Twin Cities, New York, Chicago, California, Atlanta, Colorado, and Iowa. She wrote the adaptations of Stages Theatre Company’s productions of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, Zen Shorts and Zen Ties She was the book writer and lyricist for Stages’ adaptation of One Dog Canoe, I Love You, Stinky Face and Stone Soup. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Jeannine received her BFA in Acting and her BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her MFA from the Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was a founding member of the Twin Cities’ company, Theatre Unbound and a member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective for 10 years. Jeannine has been a teaching artist for almost two decades and has been on the education staff at Stages Theatre Company since 2008 and became the Conservatory Director in 2011. In 2014, she became Stages’ Manager of New Play Development.


AARON GABRIEL (COMPOSER) – Aaron Gabriel most recently composed the scores for Mixed Blood/Footprints Collective’s Vet’s Play Project, Interact Theater’s Madame Josette’s Naughty and Nice and Sugar and Spice, By the Seat of Our Pants, Work of Heart, Hot Jazz at da Funky Butt, and Madame Majesta’s Miracle Medicine Show (for which he won a 2010 Ivey Award.) Aaron has composed for the Stages Theater Company’s productions of Number the Stars, Starry River of the Sky, Owl Moon and Princess Academy. Aaron has worked with theaters throughout the Twin Cities including Theater Latte Da, Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Illusion Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Nautilus Music Theater and Chicago Avenue Project. His new album LISTEN is available on ITunes and VISIT:


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