Stages Theatre Company’s next production promises to be a hoot! Owl Moon will return to the stage on March 8th. Among those in this family friendly show will be young actresses Faith Barrett from Maple Plain and Maddie Glenna from Orono.

This show is based on the Caldecott Medal book by Jane Yolen, and is a ballet-inspired story told through movement and dance, venturing into the winter woods where a father and child take a walk hoping to spot an owl, and are surprised by what they find behind every tree.

In the show, Faith will be playing one of these trees. This will be her seventh production at Stages Theatre Company, and she says that she hopes that there will be more theater work in her future. When asked about the show she says, “I like that it is an all dance show. It’s my first ever non-speaking, all dancing show ever.”

When asked what she hopes audiences take from the show, Faith says, “That you can tell a story without even saying anything.” She adds, “It’d be nice if kids want to go walk in the woods and look for animals as a result.”

Faith’s mother, Sandy Boren Barrett also happens to be the director for the show. She says, “What makes this production unique is our collaboration with Escalate Dance. The story is told through ballet and dance, with beautiful original music, and gorgeous scenic lighting and costume design. If your young person, boy or girl, have never experienced storytelling like this, Owl Moon is a perfect show to introduce them to.”

Maddie will be playing a tree as well as an owl in the show. She is in the 11th grade and is a dance student at Minnesota Ballet School. This will be her first production at Stages Theatre Company. “Being part of a Stages show has been such an amazing experience for me. You can really tell that everyone wants to be there and really loves what they do. The directors are so kind and accommodating. I’m thrilled I get to work with them,” says Maddie. “I have loved getting to know the cast. Most of us come from different dance studios, so getting to meet so many new and amazing dancers has been so fun.”

She adds, “I hope that the audience will see that this isn’t just a story about a little girl and her dad finding an owl but about going on an adventure and remembering their childlike wonder.”

The show is approximately 50 minutes in length and is recommended for children of all ages. Visit www.stagestheatre.org for performance dates and times, or call the Box Office at 952-979-1111, option 4. Tickets are $14 for children ages two through 17, $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors ages 60 and up.

Stages Theatre Company will also be offering a sensory-friendly performance of Owl Moon on Saturday, March 16th at 10 a.m. Sensory-friendly performances are designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and with other sensitives. House lights are on, sound levels are lowered, and crowds are minimized during these judgment-free, shush-free performances.

“One of my favorite quotes from the show, come from at the end: ‘When you go owling, you don’t need words or warm or anything but hope.  The kind of hope that flies on silent wings, under a shining Owl Moon,’” says Boren Barrett. “Come see the show, it is a beautiful way to spend a snowy, cold afternoon or evening with the young person in your life.”

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