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Apr 20 – May 20, 2018

Book by Mem Fox
Illustrated by Leslie Staub
Adapted by Suzanne Maynard Miller. Music and lyrics by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs.

World Premiere!

Age Recommendation:  All Ages


This spring we bring to life the poignantly inspiring story-poem by the popular, best-selling children’s author, Mem Fox. Every day, everywhere, all over the world, “Joys are the same, and love is the same, pain is the same, and blood is the same. Smiles are the same, and hearts are just the same.” Come with us as we soar to the heart of imagination with a world-premiere musical adaptation that weaves across cultures and generations to celebrate the bond that unites us all.

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox is produced with permission of the author.


Approximately 1 hour with no intermission


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In this section you will find:


  • SHOW BACKGROUND – See below

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



MEM FOXMEM 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.

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AARON GABRIELAARON 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

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CHRISTINA HAMCHRISTINA HAM (Playwright/LYRICIST) – Christina Ham’s plays have been developed and produced both nationally and internationally with the Kennedy Center, Center Theater Group, The Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Goodman Theater, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, by Tony Award winning producer Arielle Tepper Madover off-Broadway at Theater Row, SteppingStone Theatre, and the Tokyo International Arts Festival among many others.

Christina’s work in theatre for young audiences includes, Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963, Ruby! The Story of Ruby Bridges, and Henry’s Freedom Box, all originally commissioned by SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul. Ruby! The Story of Ruby Bridges was the best-selling show in the history of SteppingStone.

Christina is a two-time recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting and a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, the Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award in Playwriting, a Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Collaboration Grant, and a MacDowell Colony Residency. She was a 2015 recipient of a Travel and Study Grant from the Jerome Foundation where she traveled to Dublin, Ireland to work with The Abbey Theatre on a new play Niagara, which explores the parallels between the Irish and Harlem Renaissances. Most recently she was a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Scapegoat.

Christian has received commissions from the Guthrie, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Park Square, among many others. Her feature 626 Broadway was a semi-finalist for Paramount Pictures’ Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project and her feature Booker was a finalist for Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program.

Christina’s plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Heinemann, PlayScripts, Inc., Smith and Kraus, and featured in the Special Collections of the Literature and Fiction Department at the Central Library in Los Angeles as part of their Audrey Skirball-Kenis Play.

Christina was a member of the Workhaus Collective, an ensemble of nationally known Minneapolis-based playwrights who produced innovative and highly theatrical work as the company-in-residence at the Playwrights’ Center. She is the Program Coordinator for the Many Voices Fellowship Program at the Playwrights’ Center where she mentora emerging playwrights of color. She is also a professor of black theater history and playwriting at Augsburg College. Christina is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds an MFA in Playwriting from The UCLA School of Theater, Film. She is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.

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Fri 4/20 7 PM
Sat 4/21 1 PM
Sun 4/22 2 PM & 4:30 PM

Wed 4/25 10 AM 12:30 PM
Thu 4/26 10 AM 12:30 PM
Fri 4/27 10 AM
Sat 4/28 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 4/29 2 PM & 4:30 PM

Wed 5/2 10 AM 12:30 PM
Thu 5/3 10 AM 12:30 PM
Fri 5/4 7 PM
Sat 5/5 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 5/6 2 PM & 4:30 PM

Wed 5/9 10 AM 12:30 PM
Thu 5/10 10 AM 12:30 PM
Fri 5/11 7 PM
Sat 5/12 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 5/13 2 PM & 4:30 PM

Wed 5/16 10 AM 12:30 PM
Thu 5/17 10 AM 12:30 PM
Fri 5/18 7PM
Sat 5/19 10 AM & 1 PM
Sun 5/20 2 PM



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