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Stages Theatre Company presents THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING (APRIL 12 – MAY 12, 2019)

THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING

APRIL 12 – MAY 12, 2019   (ALL AGES)

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THE DESIGN PROCESS COMES ALIVE! A STEM-INSPIRED STORY!
WORLD PREMIERE

Based on the book written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.
Script by Cristina Pippa
Music and Lyrics by Michael Gruber
Directed by Melanie Salmon-Peterson

The design process comes alive on our main stage this spring! A young girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!” But as the girl tries and fails, repeatedly, she finds invention is anything but easy. Working through her anger and frustration she “smoothes and wrenches and fiddles,” and she “twists and tweaks and fastens,” until she manages to get it just right. Our world premiere musical adaptation shows that it’s okay to make mistakes as we create, tinker and achieve.

RUN TIME: Approximately 50 Minutes

MUSICAL

PRESS RELEASE

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CAST

Rahael Achett (Acacia), Emily Anose (Einstein), Anja Arora (Jordan), Halima Bigirindavyi (Willow), Aidan Einhorn (Jules), Sophie Farrell (Maggie), Athan Fischer (Pascal), Jasmine Garry (Leo), Sayer Keeley (Billy), Samara Koshiol (Fabulinus), Kiera Luong (Naomi), Jackson Lyon (Wrench), Bruce  Rowan (Gramps) and  Alex Weiner (Vine)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
STAGE MANAGER – Cody R Braudt
SET DESIGNER – Sarah Brandner
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Sarah Hohenstein Burk
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt
CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler
COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER – Jeni O’Malley
PROPS DESIGNER – Kenji Shoemaker
LIGHTING  DESIGNER – Toni Stoeri

DATES + SHOWTIMES

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Friday, April 12 – 7 PM (OPENING NIGHT)
Saturday, April 13 – 1 PM
Sunday, April 14 – 1 PM (PWYC) & 4 PM

Wednesday, April 17 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, April 18 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, April 19 – 7 PM
Saturday, April 20 – 10 AM & 1 PM

Wednesday, April 24 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, April 25 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, April 26 – 10 AM
Saturday, April 27 – 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, April 28 – 1 PM & 4 PM

Wednesday, May 1 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, May 2 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, May 3 – 7 PM
Saturday, May 4 – 10 AM (SF) & 1 PM
Sunday, May 5 – 1 PM (ASL & AD)  & 4 PM

Wednesday, May 8 – 10 AM (SF) & 12:30 PM
Thursday, May 9 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, May 10 – 7 PM
Saturday, May 11 – 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, May 12 – 1 PM

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES FOR THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING

PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC): Sunday, April 14, 2019 – 1:00 PM
SENSORY FRIENDLY PUBLIC PERFORMANCE (SF):  Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 10:00 AM
SENSORY FRIENDLY PUBLIC PERFORMANCE (SF):  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 10:00 AM
To Reserve Sensory Friendly Performance Tickets: Call (952) 979-1111, option 4 or  EMAIL

ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE (ASL): Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (AD):Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 1:00 PM

VIDEO

PHOTOS

Publicity Photos by FISCHEYE FILMS

Set Model for The Most Magnificent Thing by Sarah Brandner

 


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In this section you will find:

  • SHOW BACKGROUND – See below
  • TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW

TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW

SHOW BACKGROUND

Based on the book written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.
Script by Cristina Pippa
Music and Lyrics by Michael Gruber

MEET THE DIRECTOR

MELANIE SALMON-PETERSON (DIRECTOR) – AT STC: “Wow – I have done a lot of jobs here; teaching, house management; volunteer coordination, stage management, props design, production management, directing, touring.  I’ve been the production manager for well over 100 shows, many more in our partnership with FAIR School.  In the past few years, I’ve directed Stone Soup, Swimmy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Bear Snores On, and at FAIR School Crystal James & the Giant Peach Jr & Lion King Jr.” Favorite Play or Musical at STC: Favorite I cannot pick, but several are special to me for a variety of reasons – Stone Soup for its dedication to community service and the wonderful opportunity to perform a the Ivey Awards.  Swimmy-stunning design work and a wonderful ensemble with which to create,  Dandelion Seed as our first TFVY, working with Jim & Nate & Abbee to create it; Zen Shorts for its zen-like process, so peaceful and beautiful to work on; Edward Tulane for its visual beauty;  How I Became a Pirate – both here and on the tour to Bath, England; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, beautiful, entertaining and so much talent. Wow, I better stop now.  I could go on.

THE SHOW CREATORS

ASHLEY SPIRES   (BOOK AUTHOR)

Ashley Spires grew up in a little town on the coast of British Columbia called Tsawwassen with two parents, an older sister, eight cats, a dog and the occasional newt.

For a while she thought that animation was her future, but then photography caught her eye, which led her to bookmaking courses. These classes opened her eyes to the world of illustration and she never looked back. Delighted that there was, in fact, a career that allowed her to remain in her pajamas, hang out with her cats and be productive at the same time, she knew illustration was the perfect job for her.

Ashley spent time living in Toronto and Saskatoon before returning to her home turf of Delta, British Columbia where she now resides with three cats, a dog and her extremely patient fella.

She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels and the bestselling The Most Magnificent Thing, soon to be an animated short film.

When not drawing, she is often jogging with her dog Gordon, cuddling her three cats, Penny, Fran and Mina or wrangling litters of foster kittens that regularly take over her studio and walk on her keybohjkhdsajk…      Courtesy of www.ashleyspires.com and kidscanpress.com.

 

MICHAEL GRUBER   (COMPOSER & LYRICIST)   As a founding member and resident composer of The Catalysts, Mr. Gruber has written Fruit Fly, Shelly Bachberg presents: How Helen Keller and Anne Frank Freed the Slaves and Orange is the new POTUS. Other musical works include: The Old Dead Five, Vegas Organic and Hit it, Mike! as well as the following song cycles: The Not So Peaceable Kingdom, The Tennessee Cycle, Loved Returned and Songs for Two Women. He composed the music for Stage Theatre Company’s Stone Soup and I Love You, Stinky Face. As an actor, Mr. Gruber made his Broadway debut in the final company of A Chorus Line in 1989-90. Other Broadway credits include Laughing Room Only, Kiss Me, Kate, Swing!, My Favorite Year and Miss Saigon as well as Munkustrap in CATS, a role he also played in the Cats Video released in 1998. Mr. Gruber has also done the national tours of both West Side Story and A Chorus Line. Regionally, he has played roles in theatres from Seattle and Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta. Locally, Mr. Gruber can be seen as a performer at both the Chanhassen and Guthrie Theatres. Michael has composed music and written lyrics for the Stages productions of I Love You, Stinky Face and Stone Soup.

 

 

CRISTINA PIPPA   (PLAYWRIGHT)    Cristina Pippa is an award-winning writer and the recipient of a 2015 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She completed her BA at Columbia University and her MFA at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, where she received the Norman Felton Fellowship and the Iowa Fellowship for the Arts. Most recently, she wrote and co-directed the short films “The Last Job,” “Under One Roof” and “Amelia” with Maribeth Romslo of Hello Sunshine Films.

Called “original, quick-witted, and… daringly strange” by NYTheatre.com and “heart tugging and humorous” by KDHX, Cristina’s work has been produced and developed by The Hangar Theatre Lab Company, Avalon Theatre Company, Russell Sage College, Six Figures Theatre Company, Hubris Productions, Gallery Players, The Looking Glass Theatre in New York, This Woman’s Work Theatre Company, Axial Theatre Company, Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darwin Turner Action Theater, and by members of Bedlam Faction and the Rude Mechanicals in Austin, TX.

Avalon Theatre Company commissioned and produced Cristina’s play, LITTLE BOSNIA, based on interviews she conducted in the U.S. and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also received a commission from the HBMG Foundation to write and direct a new play, as well as from the Special School District Foundation in St. Louis. Stages Theatre Company produced Cristina’s stage adaptation of Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures in 2017.

Musical collaborations with Sharon Kenny have been finalists for the O’Neill Music Theatre Conference and nominated for the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award. Their musical, IN VAIN, received a 2014 workshop with actors from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Cristina’s play, CELL CYCLE, is published by JAC Publishing and in part by Roger Ellis in More Scenes and Monologs from the Best New Plays. She also has an essay in the book, Staging Social Justice.  Courtesy of www.cristinapippa.com

Based on the book The Most Magnificent Thing, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.

Published by Kids Can Press Ltd.

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