SteppingStone Theatre, has three program areas: performances, education and outreach. We're excited to see them grow and change under their new artistic director, Mark Farraro Hauck, whose work in local theatre has included Executive Producing Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona MN and head of the theater department at Hopkins High School.
SteppingStone's mission statement focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. It strives to offer a non-competitive environment to help build self-esteem and confidence within a community that celebrates diversity.
Stage Productions at SteppingStone Theatre
The Theatre produces family-friendly stage performances throughout the year. Their productions tend to be shows that promote diversity, cultural awareness and tolerance. In the past, I have found their plays a bit too challenging for younger children, and have chosen to take my middle grader. However, they added some special productions geared toward smaller children this year.
The first Saturday of each new production is usually a Pay-What-You-Are-Able Performance. The suggested minimum is $5, but they want people to feel welcome no matter what price they feel able to pay. These tickets are first come, first serve and it is recommended that you arrive 30-45 minutes ahead. However, I've made this my rule of thumb, and sometimes I've sat in a mostly empty theatre until 10-15 minutes before the start time. If you are running late, and feeling adventurous, show up a little later and see what happens.
The summer 2016 production will be Seussical, Jr. It runs from August 5th to August 13th. Tickets can be found here. Ticket prices are $12 students and seniors and $16.00 for adults.
Classes and Camps at SteppingStone
Both semester-long classes and summer camps are available for children 3 ½ to 16. Classes and camps can be found here.
Family Events at SteppingStone
Last year, the SteppingStone added free family programs during the year. I hope the continue these, because we enjoyed them immensely and got to peak into the classroom and experience a little of what classes would be like. My kids still talk about that day we had pancakes and made puppets.
Membership at Steppingstone
New this year, Steppingstone is offering Circle of Supporters Memberships. They offer various levels with benefits to match your contribution. A Family Connector Membership is only $30 annually and includes a subscription to their membership newsletter; invitations to a member-only family open houses; and discounts to classes, events and performances. If you had been a member at the family level in prior years, you 'll find that there is still a $75 level, however it is not exactly the same as previous years.
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