Welcome to our 2019/20 Season!
“I can’t tell you how often I enthusiastically hear from our patrons—parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers—about how Stages Theatre Company was their young person’s FIRST experience with theatre. The stories are endless of the many memories that have been made in our audiences; in cast receiving lines and signed programs; in the books and stuffed animals purchased; and in the photographs posted and hashtagged #stagestheatrecompany. All of these unforgettable moments are a part of our story and a part of yours. We are proud to continue to make memories with you this amazing 2019-2020 Season. Capture the Memories!”
Thank you for making Stages Theatre Company a part of your story!
Sandy Boren-Barrett, Artistic Director
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September 20 – October 20, 2019
Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
AN ADVENTURE OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS!
Capture the journey of a lifetime as we kick-off our season with one of Roald Dahl’s most heartwarmingly quirky stories. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a voyage of gigantic proportions. During their cross-ocean travels, James and the peach’s oversized insect residents encounter hunger, sharks and loads of disagreements, and James must learn to use his quick wit to finally land on New York’s Empire State Building. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery will charm one and all.
James and the Giant Peach-TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
September 27 thru October 27, 2019
Stage play by Joe Troiano
Based on the film “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano and Tom Hughes and the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano
Lyrics by Joe Troiano
Music composed and arranged by Jeffrey Zahn
OUR FOUR-SIDED FRIEND RETURNS!
Spookley the Square Pumpkin sprouts up this autumn in our JC Studio! When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch, he is teased by all the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends—the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe—try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley still isn’t sure he has what it takes. However, a threatening storm may just give Spookley the inspiration to discover his own worth. This imaginative puppetry extravaganza filled with memorable music returns this fall to encourage everyone to “dare to be square!”
© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC
November 22 thru December 27, 2019
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS!
Join us this holiday season as we follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. After being raised as a would-be elf at the North Pole, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities causes him to embark on a new beginning to discover who he really is. Through his heart-felt determination to win over his new family, Buddy helps us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved holiday film from New Line Cinema, this hilarious musical is filled with memorable music and lots of laughs for the whole family to enjoy.
ELF-THE MUSICAL JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
January 17, 2020 thru February 17, 2020
Based on the book by Peter H. Reynolds
© 2003 by Peter H. Reynolds
Originally published by Candlewick Press
Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.
ONE LITTLE DOT MARKS THE BEGINNING
“Just make a dot and see where it takes you.” When Vashti’s teacher asks her to draw a picture, Vashti insists she’s not an artist and makes an angry dot to prove her point. But when Vashti’s teacher frames her dot and hangs it up, Vashti is sent on a surprising journey of self-discovery. This charming fable about the power of the creative spirit comes to life through music and dance this winter with our continuing collaboration with Escalate Dance.
2018 Children’s Literature Award Author. Christopher Award Winning Book
March 6 – 22, 2020
Based on the book by Kelly Barnhill
SOMETIMES STORIES CAN SAVE THE WORLD
AGES 7 & UP
“In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn’t most fairy tales.” When Princess Violet and her best friend Demetrius discover a forbidden book in a hidden room, they unknowingly release the evil Nybbas into their world. The two friends pair up with an ancient dragon to try and save their kingdom, but the wicked creature’s triumph or demise all depends on how the story is told. This enchanted tale by the Minneapolis-based, Newbery winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon comes to life on our stage in an enthralling adventure about the power of stories to change the world.
Copyright © 2012 by Kelly Barnhill
April 17, 2020 thru May 17, 2020
Based on the Book by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
CELEBRATE THE COURAGE TO BEGIN!
“There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you…” and so opens The Day You Begin by National Book Award and Newbery Honor winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson. This highly-acclaimed, lyrical picture book by the National Ambassador for Young People’s literature debuts on our stage in the spring. Capture the courage with us to take those first steps into a place where nobody knows you and yet somehow you open the door and walk in. There are lots of reasons to feel different but this world premiere musical celebrates the bravery it takes to venture forth into something new.
April 24, 2020 thru May 23, 2020
Based on the book by Bao Phi
CAPTURE THE MEMORY OF AN EARLY MORNING FISHING TRIP
An unforgettable story about a simple event—a pre-dawn fishing trip for a boy and his dad—graces our JC Studio in the spring. Our world premiere, based on the Caldecott winning book by celebrated local poet, Bao Phi, unfolds through music and puppetry to reveal an important tale about family and immigration. In the early morning on a lake shore in South Minneapolis a father tells his son about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. The young boy learns of a world bigger than the one he’s known and how a family faces daily struggles together.
June 19, 2020 thru August 2, 2020
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Music by Special Arrangement with Sony/ATV Publishing
Adapted for the Stage by Jeremy Sams
Based on the MGM Motion Picture
Licensed Script Adapted by Ray Roderick
FLYING ONTO OUR STAGE FOR THE SUMMER!
Fly through the air and sail the seas this summer in this fantastical musical adventure based on the beloved film and children’s book. Join Jeremy and Jemima and their eccentric inventor father as they create a one-of-a-kind, out-of-this-world car and team up with Truly Scrumptious and Grampa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron Bomburst! The entire family will enjoy this adaptation filled with unforgettable music and capturing high-flying, fun-filled spectacle!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
August 5 – 23, 2020
Written By Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Theatre for the Very Young
ALL THINGS GREAT AND SMALL
“All the world is here. It is there. It is everywhere. All the world is right where you are.” Our Theatre for the Very Young Series continues this August as we invite our littlest theatre-goers to follow a circle of family and friends through the unfolding adventures of one day. From exploring the tiniest shell on the beach to the widest sunset in the sky our youngest audience members will discover the importance of all things great and small. Our youngest audience members will be immersed in ALL THE WORLD through this Caldecott Honor story.