THE LITTLE BIRD THAT WAS CAUGHT, THE RELUCTANT DRAGON and More Set for SteppingStone's 2013-14 Season
Coming off of a very successful 25th Anniversary Season, which had record-breaking ticket sales and new versions of SteppingStone Theatre¹s most popular and exciting plays, SteppingStone Theatre will be continuing that momentum into the new season with ground-breaking new productions, including four SteppingStone Theatre Originals.
The centerpiece of our 26th season is a thrilling first for SteppingStone Theatre. SteppingStone has a long tradition of commissioning professional playwrights to create works for the young actors, but they have never invited young writers to take the mantle of playwright for themselves--until now!
Starting more than a year ago, SteppingStone Theatre has been bringing together a group of young Twin Cities writers, aged 1519 to Saint Paul to talk, laugh and improvise about their own experiences of bullying. And to add to the excitement, a group of teens from Action Transport Theatre in Ellesmere Port, England have been doing the same thing! Throughout the process, the teens from both sides of the Atlantic have been communicating via Skype and Facebook to talk about bullying. The result is Bully, a brand new play written collaboratively by these talented young artists.
After Bully is produced at SteppingStone Theatre, the British teens' version will be produced at their theatre in Northern England. This amazing cohort of teen writers has created a funny, moving and informative play about bullying and responses to it, from the perspective of those most closely affected by it.
Three other SteppingStone originals will be re-imagined into new productions, The Little Bird That Was Caught: The Story of Jane Gibbs, The Black Snowman and The Nightingale. The Reluctant Dragon will be the perfect family outing for Summer of 2014. And of course the perennial favorite, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! will be back again for the 22nd time!
In this Season, SteppingStone Theatre will be celebrating their great history and their tradition of productions that bring out the creativity of the young actors, the professional artists who work with them, and the imagination of the audience. The 2013-2014 Season is sure to delight and entertain audience members of all ages.
The Little Bird That Was Caught, The Story of Jane Gibbs
Tonight, October 18 - November 3, 2013
By Jenna Zark, Music by Eugene Huddleston.
A SteppingStone Theatre Original
Before Laura Ingalls Wilder, there was Jane DeBow Gibbs Minnesota's First
A series of misunderstandings brings the orphaned Jane to Minnesota and a family that didn't want her. To escape the troubles at home, young Jane forged friendships with the Mdewakanton Dakota, learned their language, and soon enough the "Little Bird that was Caught" became an ambassador between cultures and families.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 6-23, 2013
by Barbara Robinson, based on her popular book.
"Shazaaaam!" When the Angel of the Lord speaks, people listen! Especially when that angel is Gladys Herdman, the youngest, meanest and bitey-est of the whole Herdman crew. The first play that SteppingStone Theatre produced is back again for the 22nd time! Revel in yuletide chaos and hilarity as baby angels, church ladies, firefighters, the Bradleys, and even the Herdmans, discover the true meaning of Christmas in a re-imagined, funny and touching production. (Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.)
The Black Snowman
January 31-February 23, 2014
Script and Lyrics by Deborah Torraine, Music by Gary Rue. Based on the book
by Phil Mendez.
A SteppingStone Theatre Original.
Jacob and his brother build a snowman from the grimy snow of city streets. When they place the kente a colorful storytelling cloth from Africa around its shoulders, the snowman magically comes to life. African drumming and dance provide an authentic backdrop for this Black History Month celebration of family, self, and heritage. Produced in loving memory of the playwright.
Bully: A Transatlantic Collaboration
March 7-23, 2014
By the Young Playwrights of SteppingStone Theatre and Action Transport
with Dane Stauffer and Kevin Dyer
A SteppingStone Theatre Original World-Premiere.
Bullying is something that everyone's witnessed--from one side or another. When SteppingStone Theatre decided to create a Young Playwrights program, the questions we asked the participants were "What is bullying?" and "Can it be stopped?" After more than a year of improvisation, writing and workshops, we are proud to present Bully. The play was created by six young Twin Cities playwrights aged 1519, and six more from Action Transport Theatre in Ellesmere Port, England. The result is a rich, funny and moving exploration of bullying from the perspective of those closest to it. Bully is an experience not to be missed.