Expanding Our Reach

In this Issue:

• Teen Mentorships at Stages Theatre
•  Fair School Crystal Detects a Story with Stages Theatre
• Artists in Residence for What Do You Do with an Idea?

•  Opening Soon! Our Lobby & Our Stage!


In October we launched our Teen Mentorship Program, including our new initiative the Emerging BIPOC Designers Mentorship, administered by artist and educator André Samples and our reimagined First Job in the Arts Mentorship, administered by artist and educator Jeannine Coulombe. The program is designed as an opportunity for youth ages 16-19 to explore careers in theatre arts beyond acting. Paired with mentors who are working professional theatre artists, teens receive guided exploration and hands-on work experience. Our Emerging BIPOC Designers Mentorship, funded by the John W. Mooty Foundation, is specifically geared for BIPOC youth who are interested or curious to discover career opportunities in theatrical design. Our First Job in the Arts Mentorship, funded by Best Buy, is open to youth interested in playwriting, directing, design, choreography, education, or marketing. The program runs from December 1 through June 30 and each mentee is awarded a $400.00 stipend at the completion of their mentorship. Eligible youth apply through our website. The deadline is November 8.


Stages Theatre Company and FAIR School Crystal return to live indoor theatre at the arts integrated middle school with Legendary: A Detect the Story Adventure. The show runs December 3-5, 2021 at the school’s 300-seat theatre. Inspired by the myth of Pandora’s Box, the play features live actors, video elements, and interactive puzzles. The script, concept, and puzzles were created by Jim Hibbeler and the show is directed by Melanie Salmon Peterson and Roy Richardson Jr. Stages partnership with FAIR (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource) started in 2000 when the school was founded. Since their inception, Stages has partnered with FAIR to provide in-depth theatre education within the school. Our full-time teacher, Laura Mahler, teaches and directs at the school and our company produces the school’s fall and spring shows. This year, FAIR added the SEA Middle program to the site with a science, technology, engineering, and arts focused curriculum. SEA students are involved in many behind the scenes elements of Legendary. Ms. Mahler worked with a team of four SEA students to design avatars for the four detectives in the play who end up in the show’s video elements. SEA students interviewed the actors playing the roles and designed their avatars based on those interviews.

All Together Now at Stages Theatre Company


For the first time in two years, Stages Theatre Company workshopped a new script with all the creators in the same room. (No Zoom!) On October 1-3 we hosted the playwright and composer of our upcoming production What Do You Do with an Idea? Cristina Pippa, the playwright who wrote our adaptations of The Most Magnificent Thing and Flora and Ulysses, and the composer and lyricist, Sharon Kenny, who is a Broadway pianist most recently working in the orchestra pit for Beetlejuice, were in residence for a three-day script development workshop. Cristina and Sharon along with New Play Manager, Jeannine Coulombe and Musical Director, JC Lippold worked with a cast of 12 youth actors for nine hours over three days on further developing the script and songs. Stages Theatre Company is one of the few TYA theatres in the country that incorporates youth into the script development process. Our production of What Do You Do with an Idea? directed by Melanie Salmon Peterson opens on April 8, 2022 and runs through May 8 on our main stage theatre. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

All Together Now at Stages Theatre Company


It will be 20 months to the day since our theatre doors closed, but at 7PM on November 13 Stages Theatre Company joins theatres across the globe in a return to in-person, indoor theatre with All Together Now! This one-night only fundraising event features Stages performers past and present and a few surprise guests. Come and celebrate in our lobby as we prepare to re-open our theatre doors. - All Together Now! is sponsored by Faegre Drinker, kiddywampus, Kerby & Cristina Real Estate Experts and NFP.  Can’t make it? Donate Now

And once those doors are open, it’s only a matter of days before we return to live, indoor theatre with Elf the Musical, Jr. on November 19. Join us in spreading holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear! The show runs through December 27 and tickets are on sale now.



Auditions for THE NORTH STAR - NOV 6 & 7, 2021 • Seeking Youth Ages 9-18 

ALL TOGETHER NOW - NOV 13, 2021 • Special Cabaret Fundraiser 

ELF THE MUSICAL, JR. - NOV 19 - DEC 27, 2021 • Live Theatre (All Ages) 

WINTER BREAK WORKSHOPS - DEC 19-27, 2021 • Ages 4-Grade 6

THE NORTH STAR - JAN 14 - FEB 13, 2022 • Live Theatre (All Ages)

TUCK EVERLASTING, TYA - MARCH 4-20, 2022 • Live Theatre (Ages 7+)

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? - APRIL 8-MAY 8, 2022 • Live Theatre(All Ages)

ALL AMERICAN BOYS - APRIL 29 - MAY 22, 2022 • Live Theatre (Ages 10+)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR. - JUNE 24 - AUGUST 7, 2022 • Live Theatre (All Ages)

BUCKETS: A Joyful Journey - AUGUST 3 - 21, 2022 • Live Theatre (Ages 0-5)

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.