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THREE SNOW BEARS – JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 18, 2019

THE THREE SNOW BEARS

JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 18, 2019   (ALL AGES) • MUSICAL

in collaboration with New Native Theatre

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A DELIGHTFUL TWIST ON A CLASSIC FAIRY TALE
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

RUN TIME: Approximately 60 MINUTES with no intermission. Check back closer to opening night.

 

THE THREE SNOW BEARS

Based on the book THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
Script and Lyrics written by Jennifer Kirkeby
Music Composed by Shirley Mier
Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett and Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha

in collaboration with New Native Theatre

“She came to the biggest igloo she’d ever seen. ‘Who lives here?’ she wondered, and she went inside.” Ride along with us this winter through the magnificent Arctic landscape of award-winning author Jan Brett’s delightful twist on the Goldilocks tale. A search for her missing sled dogs leads Aloo-ki to an igloo she can’t resist exploring…. Yet, while she is making herself at home, the Three Snow Bears are out walking, waiting for their breakfast to cool off…An endearing snow bear family and a curious Inuit girl meet center stage in our world premiere musical adaptation of the picture book by the best-selling author/illustrator of The Mitten and Hedgie’s Surprise.

CAST

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Learn about AUDITIONS at Stages Theatre Company

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

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CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Sandy Boren-Barrett
Co-Director: Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
Puppet Creative: Cody R. Braudt
Stage Manager:
Set Designer:
Lighting Designer:
Costume & Make-Up Designer:
Technical Director: Gretchen Katt
Assistant Stage Manager:
Sound Designer:
Production Manager: Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Prop Designer:
Music Director:

 

DATES + SHOWTIMES

Friday, January 18, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, January 20, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, January 20, 2019 – 4:00 PM
Monday, January 21, 2019 – 10:00 AM

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Thursday, January 24, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Thursday, January 24, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Friday, January 25, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Thursday, January 31, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Thursday, January 31, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Friday, February 1, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 3, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 3, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Friday, February 8, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Thursday, February 14, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Thursday, February 14, 2019 – 12:30 PM
Friday, February 15, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 16, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Saturday, February 16, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 17, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 17, 2019 – 4:00 PM
Monday, February 18, 2019 – 10:00 AM

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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

TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW

SHOW BACKGROUND

Based on the book THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
Script and Lyrics written by Jennifer Kirkeby
Music Composed by Shirley Mier

MEET THE DIRECTORS:

Sandy Boren-BarrettSandy 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)

Bio coming soon!


THE SHOW CREATORS

JAN BRETT   (BOOK AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR)    With over forty one million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation’s foremost author illustrators of children’s books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, “I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I’m drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real.”

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. “It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain,” she says. “I’m delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting.”

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. “From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children’s books.”     Courtesy of www.janbrett.com

 


 

JENNIFER KIRKEBY   (PLAYWRIGHT/LYRICIST)    Jennifer Kirkeby has been involved in theatre for over 25 years as a playwright, actress, choreographer, director and teacher. She has worked with Stages Theatre Company for over a fifteen years, writing the memorable productions of Dot and Tot of Merryland, Madeline’s Christmas, The Frog Prince, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Twelve Dancing Princesses, all published by Dramatic Publishing, as well as Harriet and Walt; The Mitten, Owl Moon; Aladdin and His Magical Lamp; The Paper Bag Princess; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; Giggle, Giggle Quack; Duck for President; If You Give a Moose a Muffin; Llama, Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, Bear Snores On, The Snow Queen; The Velveteen Rabbit; and last season’s The Nightingale. Other work includes Eyes Wide Open, a touching play about a teenage girl struggling with anorexia, which continues to tour schools. Jennifer is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., The Playwrights’ Center, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

SHIRLEY MIERSHIRLEY MIER   (COMPOSER) is a composer, music director and educator. She composes music of all kinds, in the theatre, concert and educational world. Theatre remains the focus of her creativity, both as a composer and music director, although she also continues to write concert and educational music for a variety of ensembles, including concert band, string quartet and piano duet. Her work includes a wide spectrum of topics—from Alexander the Great to the Three Billy Goats Gruff. This is her tenth collaboration with Jennifer Kirkeby for a world premiere musical at Stages Theatre Company. Past collaborations include Llama Llama Holiday Drama, Madeline’s Chirstmas, The Paper Bag Princess, T’was the Night Before Christmas, If You Give A Moose A Muffin, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and The Nightingale. In May 2005, Shirley completed her Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her M.A. in Composition in 2002 with a minor in Theatre Arts. She earned her B.A. in Music from Grinnell College in 1988. Shortly thereafter she moved to Minneapolis to do a theatre gig, and has lived here ever since. She is currently a music instructor at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN. Courtesy of www.shirleymier.com

ABOUT NEW NATIVE THEATRE

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.

MISSION STATEMENT OF NEW NATIVE THEATRENew 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.

STAGES THEATRE COMPANY MISSION: Stages Theatre Company is committed to the enrichment and education of children and youth in a professional theatre environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth.

STAGES THEATRE COMPANY STATEMENT OF INCLUSION: Stages Theatre Company is dedicated to creating a space where diverse opinions, courageous dialogue, and local, national, and international community engagement is not only valued, but vital to our shared artistic and educational success. We make this pledge in the hope of curating a welcome home for all.

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.

This Work may not be acted in whole or in part by amateur or professionals without formal permission and the payment of a royalty.  All inquiries should be addressed to: Penguin Young Readers Group, 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014 (Attn: Subsidiary Rights Dept.).

 

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.

 

 

STAGES THEATRE COMPANY MISSION: Stages Theatre Company is committed to the enrichment and education of children and youth in a professional theatre environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth.

STAGES THEATRE COMPANY STATEMENT OF INCLUSION: Stages Theatre Company is dedicated to creating a space where diverse opinions, courageous dialogue, and local, national, and international community engagement is not only valued, but vital to our shared artistic and educational success. We make this pledge in the hope of curating a welcome home for all.

 

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