Stages Theatre Company Celebrates 30 Years

Stages Theatre Company (STC) has announced it will begin its 30th anniversary season with "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" adapted by beloved local playwright Kevin Kling, opening Sept. 20 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Written by Kevin Henkes, this story features Lilly, a young mouse, that loves everything about school and the world around her. "My hope is for audiences to be caught up in this world of exuberance and delight in the adventure that is Lilly's journey," says Director Jeannine Coulombe.

Following the opening of "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" is the season kickoff event Rock the Block on Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. This free event (rain or shine) features fun for the entire family with carnival games, face painting, bouncy houses, skateboard demonstrations by 3rd Lair Skatepark, glitter tattoos, cupcake decorating and a 1 p.m. performance of "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse."

The 30th anniversary season at Stages Theatre Company (STC) showcases nine productions for children and young adults, which includes three world premiere productions. The 2013-14 season promises to give audiences new experiences unlike ever before. In "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" audiences will decide the verdict and how the show ends. The last production on the season, "The Dandelion Seed" allows parents and children to participate in the performance with hands-on interaction geared for ages 18 months to three-years-old.

Since 1984, STC has featured 194 productions, 50 off-site productions, 12 Tours and more than 100 world premieres. "Each step along the way represents a cherished memory for someone who was there - youth actors, staff and parents. Yet, while it's wonderful to look back and appreciate the positives of the past 30 years, we cannot stand still. We offer you a 30th anniversary season to remember," says Artistic Director Sandy Boren-Barrett.

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" opens Sept. 20 and ends Oct. 20, with a run time of 60 minutes and is suitable for all ages. Tickets can be purchased by visiting for performance dates and times, or by calling the Box Office at (952) 979-1111, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children (ages 5 to 17) and seniors (60+). Lap passes are available for free (ages 0 to 2) and $5 (ages 3 to 4).

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 theatrical productions, workshops, conservatory classes and other outreach programs, Stages Theatre Company annually serves more than 130,000 young people and their families.

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