Cast Announced For FISH IN A TREE

Cast Announced For FISH IN A TREE

Stages Theatre Company (STC) is excited to invite patrons to Fish In A Tree, an emotionally-charged, uplifting production that will speak to anyone who has ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn't fit in. This world premier adaptation of the popular book by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, follows the story of a bright and creative sixth-grader, Ally, who learns to realize that her dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. The production written by twin cities playwright Jeannine Coulombe and directed by Matt Sciple, will run in the Stages Jaycees Studio from October 5 through October 28, 2018.

The production will run approximately 85 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for children ages 7 and up. Tickets are on sale now! Visit for specific performance dates and times or call the Box Office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 pm at (952) 979-1111, option 4. Tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, ages 60+ and children.

Fish In A Tree offers an inspiring reminder that everyone is more than a label and great minds don't always think alike.


The cast for Fish In A Tree features:

Halima Bigirindavyi (Shay)
Dominic Dunn (Albert)
Gretchen Emo (Mom)
Amy Horn (Ming Bao)
Reilly McGannon (Jessica)
Alison Mitchell (Ali)
Matt Ouren (Mr Daniels)
Natalie Richardson-Wymore (Miranda)
Spencer Snyder (Max)
Jonah Stelljes (Oliver)
Jack Sullivan (Travis)
Tiahna Wolfe-Shields (Keisha)
Victoria Zamorano (Maya)

The Creative & Production Team includes:

Artistic Director: Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director: Matt Sciple
Stage Manager: Kenji Shoemaker
Production Manager: Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Props Designer: Kim Ford
Lighting Designer: Grant E. Merges
Sound Designer: Peter Morrow
Technical Director: Alan Pagel
Costume & Make Up Designer: Stacey Palmer
Set Designer: Erica Zaffarano

Cast of FISH IN A TREE with director Matt Sciple. Photo by Fischeye Films


OCTOBER 5 - 28, 2018 (AGES 7+)



Based on the book FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group LLC.

Adaptation written by Jeannine Coulombe

"Everybody is a genius . But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein." Sixth-grader, Ally, has been clever in covering up her inability to read. She feels her problem is hopeless because how can you cure dumb? Her newest teacher, Mr. Daniels, however, sees the bright and creative kid she hides and helps Ally see that her dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. This emotionally-charged and uplifting story highlights that everyone is more than a label and great minds don't always think alike. Our world premiere adaptation is brought to life in our JC Studio this fall.

Video by Andrew Moy for Stages Theatre Company

Stages Theatre Company was founded in 1984 and since then has grown to become one of the largest professional theatres for young audiences in the country. We engage young artists with themes relevant to their lives and involve them in creating magical works featuring young people in meaningful roles. Through on-stage productions, education programs and other outreach opportunities, Stages Theatre Company annually serves more than 150,000 young people and their families. For more information visit

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