THE THREE SNOW BEARS
Inspired by THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
Script written by Rhiana Yazzie in collaboration with Alicia Smith and Grace Smith
Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett and Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
Music composition by P. Ossie Kairaiuak
Ride along with us this winter through the magnificent Arctic landscape as a young Yup’ik girl embarks on a heroic sled-dog journey to save her village. On the search for the reasons of the widening river she meets a raven, a hare, a baby seal and finally three snow bears. Join us as an endearing Baby Bear and a determined Yup’ik girl meet center stage in our world premiere production.
In collaboration with New Native Theatre
MISSION STATEMENT OF NEW NATIVE THEATRE: New Native Theatre is a new way of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories. Since 2009, NNT has created authentic and transformative plays and events through the lens of the Native American experience. NNT engages artists and audience by 1) Producing commissioned and existing plays by Native playwrights. 2) Producing community created plays about cultural and social justice topics. 3) Presenting the best Native American productions from around North America. 4) Providing an array of theatre training to Native American community members. 5) Engaging in collaborations with Native artists and Native organizations of varying artistic disciplines.
Mia Dougherty (Ensemble/Sled Dog), Maya Eva Haugen (Ensemble/Sled Dog), Noah Hendrickson (Brother), Jei Herald-Zamora (Ensemble + U/S Papa Bear), Emily Huggett (Ensemble/Sled Dog), Sara Magnuson (Ensemble/Hare), Marcelo Mena (Ensemble/Lead Dog), Rafael Moraga (Father & Papa Bear), Gideon Pressley (Ensemble/Baby Seal), Arianna Sanford (Ensemble/Raven), Alicia Smith (Mother + Mama Bear), Grace Smith (Spirit Voice), Gia Strom (Sister), Alex Weiner (Ensemble/Sled Dog), and Celia Adeline Wendt (Baby Bear/Ensemble)
Photos by Steve Fischer of Fischeye Films
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Artistic Director + Director: Sandy Boren-Barrett
Artistic Director New Native Theatre: Rhiana Yazzie
Director: Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
Music Director: Sarah Hohenstein Burk
Set Designer: Tiffany Fier
Stage Manager: Bridget Gustafson
Costume & Puppet Designer: Samantha Fromm Haddow
Props Designer: Jim Hibbeler
Playwright: Rhiana Yazzie in collaboration with Alicia Smith and Grace Smith
Music Composer: P. Ossie Kairaiuak
Techical Director: Gretchen Katt
Costume Supervisor: Christa Ludwig
First Job in the Arts Student Director: Sara Magnuson
Lighting Designer: Grant E. Merges
Videographer + Sound Designer: Peter Morrow
Production Manager: Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Cultural Consultant: Alicia Smith
Cultural Consultant: Grace Smith
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Friday, January 18 – 7 PM
Saturday, January 19 – 1 PM
Sunday, January 20 – 1 PM & 4 PM
Monday, January 21 – 10 AM
Wednesday, January 23 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, January 24 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, January 25 – 7 PM
Saturday, January 26 – 10 AM & 1PM
Sunday, January 27 – 1 PM & 4 PM
Wednesday, January 30 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, January 31 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, February 1 – 7 PM
Saturday, February 2 – 10 AM* & 1PM
Sunday, February 3 – 1 PM & 4 PM
Wednesday, February 6 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, February 7 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, February 8 – 7 PM
Saturday, February 9 – 10 AM** & 1 PM
Sunday, February 10 – 1 PM & 4 PM
Wednesday, February 13 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, February 14 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, February 15 – 7 PM
Saturday, February 16 – 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, February 17 – 1 PM & 4 PM
Monday, February 18 – 10 AM
* = Sensory Friendly performance
** = ASL performance
Pay What You Can Performance: Sunday, January 20,1pm
Sensory Friendly Public Performance: Saturday, February 2, 10am
ASL Interpreted Performance: Saturday, February 9, 1pm
Audio Described Performance: Saturday, February 9, 1pm
photos by Fischeye Films
PRODUCTION PHOTOS – Coming Soon!
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THE THREE SNOW BEARS is a world premiere musical in collaboration with New Native Theatre.
In this section you will find:
- SHOW BACKGROUND – See below
TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW
- MEET: The Cast, Crew & Creative Team
- FOR TEACHERS: DOWNLOAD THE STUDY GUIDE
- FOR FAMILIES: DOWNLOAD THE FAMILY GUIDE
- WATCH: A sneak peek video of the show – Coming Soon!
- PLAN YOUR VISIT
- DIRECTIONS & PARKING
- WEATHER RELATED INFORMATION
PREVIEW THE MUSIC
MEET THE COLLABORATORS:
Sandy Boren-Barrett (Director & Artistic Director of Stages Theatre Company)
An accomplished director, Boren-Barrett has directed more than 60 productions at STC, which include many new works, such as Twelve Dancing Princesses by The Brothers Grimm, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, based on the books by Grace Lin, and the ballet collaborations of Owl Moon and The Snow Queen. Sandy has also directed such family favorites as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Annie Jr. and Shrek the Musical.
Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha (Co-Director)
Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha (Dakota/German) is a Director and educator based in the Twin Cities. She has directed with Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Northern Fort Playhouse, Black Dirt Theatre, Flannel Mafia Theatre and others. Sara has also taught and directed at the University of Minnesota Morris and Northern State University. She has worked with Stages education program for CAST, First Job in the Arts, Perspectives on Peace, and the Stages/Community Ed collaborations of Alice in Wonderland and Madagascar in Maple Grove. Sara is currently a PhD student in Theatre Historiography at the University of Minnesota doing research in Indigenous performance and is a tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of northeast South Dakota. She is thrilled to be directing and working with Stages and New Native Theatre on this production of Three Snow Bears. In her free time, Sara likes to spend time with her husband Brian and see as much live music as she can.
Rhiana Yazzie (Artistic Director of New Native Theatre)
Rhiana is a Navajo playwright, director, and filmmaker based in the Twin Cities and the artistic director of New Native Theatre, newnativetheatre.org, which she founded in 2009. NNT is the only professional, and most consistently producing, Native theatre company in the Upper Midwest, and is one of the few companies in the US run by an enrolled tribal citizen. Rhiana is a 2018 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and a 2018/17 Sally Award winner for Vision. She’s been a Playwrights’ Center fellow (McKnight 2016/17 and Jerome 2006 & 2010), and has just completed QUEEN CLEOPATRE AND PRINCESS POCAHONTAS a play commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Public Theater for American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. In January, Rhiana wrapped principal photography on her first feature film, A WINTER LOVE of which she is the writer/director and is starring in. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing where she produced events featuring Stephen Hawking, Madeleine Albright, Paula Vogel, Herbie Hancock, and Spalding Gray.
Based in the Twin Cities, New Native Theatre is a new way of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories. Created in 2009 by playwright, Rhiana Yazzie, NNT produces, commissions, and devises authentic Native American stories for the stage which means NNT’s artists are intricately connected to the concerns and voices of their communities. NNT’s plays are shorthand meant to be played for its most vital audiences, Native people, because when specific stories are made for Native community itself, they become undeniably powerful for the broader community too, no translations required.
Since 2009, NNT has created authentic and transformative plays and events through the lens of the Native American experience. Artistic Director, Rhiana Yazzie, enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, started NNT to bridge the gap between the 100 theatres in town and the large urban Native community. NNT engages artists and audience by 1) Producing commissioned and existing plays by Native playwrights. 2) Producing community created plays about cultural and social justice topics. 3) Presenting the best Native American productions from around North America. 4) Providing an array of theatre training to Native American community members. 5) Engaging in collaborations with Native artists and Native organizations of varying artistic disciplines.
Our focus is on nurturing and developing Native American artists. Our immediate gaze is on the eleven tribes in Minnesota and the urban Twin Cities Native community, which has Native American community members that hail from around the country, like our Artistic Director who is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. Both the reservation and Twin Cities urban community make up about 70,000 people who have historically been shut out from meaningful professional theatre for a number of legal, cultural, and societal factors.
New Native Theatre has an open door policy, which means that any Native community member at any level can come learn and work with our company. Our company ages have ranged from three years old to 76. But the majority of the people we’ve worked with have been late 20s to mid 50s. It’s clear that the folks we meet are not coming right out of high school looking to be actors and playwrights. Most have taken a circuitous path to theatre and our door is often the first they’ve knocked on. Our main focus is on Native adults because of the long history of determent from pursuing a career in theatre. We relish in giving opportunities to people that no one else considers due to age and ethnicity.
We are proud of our unique position because now our artists are regularly found on Twin Cities stages and in film/television and even producing plays. No other company in the Twin Cities, currently or in the past, has consistently provided training and opportunities for Native artists in the frequency, cultural sensitivity, and success that NNT has done in only nine years.
Copyright © 2007 by Jan Brett. All right reserved.
Produced by arrangement with G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, division of Penguin Random House, LLC.