March 9 – 25, 2018
Adapted by Jennifer Kirkeby, Composed by Shirley Mier
A dance-inspired original performance based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
In collaboration with Escalate Dance
Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett & Ann Marie Omeish
Stages Theatre Company’s steam-punk and dance inspired retelling of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Every year Mayor King holds a Festival of Progress to inspire the townspeople to invest in the quality of their town. Everyone is working on their entry, when Violet, the granddaughter of the town’s watchmaker, escapes to the forest to listen to the song of the Nightingale. The captivating song inspires Violet’s grandfather to create a mechanical bird for the Festival of Progress and soon everyone wants one for their very own. The over-produced mechanical song, however, proves to be less-than inspiring and when Mayor King becomes ill, it is his own memory of the real Nightingale’s song that facilitates his recovery. This world premiere adaptation, written by Jennifer Kirkeby and composed by Shirley Mier, is told through original music and is our 6th dance-inspired collaboration with Escalate Dance.
Age Recommendation: All Ages
RUN TIME: Approximately 1 hour with no intermission