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Arts and Humanities
3:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Louisville Writers Pull Back the Curtain on Robin Hood Play

Abigail Bailey Maupin and Greg Maupin
Stage One

As two of the six co-artistic directors of Louisville’s Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, Abigail Bailey Maupin and Greg Maupin have built dozens of original shows from scratch. But when Stage One Family Theatre commissioned them to write a new play about Robin Hood, they faced new challenges.

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Arts and Humanities
3:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

'Come As You Are': Stage One's First Sensory-Friendly Performance

Winnie the Pooh (John Vessels), Christopher Robin (Miller Kraps) and Piglet (Carman Napier) in Stage One Family Theatre's "The House at Pooh Corner."
Credit Hannah Wemitt / Stage One Family Theatre

A.A. Milne’s “The House at Pooh Corner” boasts one of the most beloved cast of characters in children’s literature – good-hearted Winnie the Pooh and his chum Christopher Robin, and all of their pals, like wise Owl, mopey Eeyore and timid Piglet. In the stage adaptation, now running at Stage One Family Theatre, most kids are delighted when bouncy Tigger makes his boisterous first entrance. But those kinds of loud surprises can be jarring for a child with autism or other sensory sensitivities.

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Arts and Humanities
2:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Some Pig: Death and Impermanence in Stage One's 'Charlotte's Web'

Julie Dingman Evans as Charlotte in Stage One Family Theatre's "Charlotte's Web." Set design by Karl Anderson.

Stage One Family Theatre’s production of Joseph Robinette's stage adaptation of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" is now open at the Kentucky Center. This year is the 60th anniversary of “Charlotte’s Web” winning the Newbery Honor award for excellence in children’s literature. White's novel about a "radiant" pig and his barnyard friends remains one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. 

“Charlotte’s Web” is a fun and heartfelt play about talking animals, but its themes are deep – the inevitability of death runs through the story. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Meet the Man Who Made Baseball History in 'Jackie and Me'

John Vessels as Pee Wee Reese and Jeremy Sonkin as Jackie Robinson in Stage One's production of "Jackie and Me."
Credit Stage One Family Theatre

Stage One Family Theatre commemorates Black History Month with a play about Jackie Robinson, the first African American man to play in baseball’s major leagues. The first baseman broke the unwritten color barrier in 1947. The story takes a contemporary student back in time to witness Jackie Robinson’s historic first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Playwright Stephen Dietz adapted the play from Dan Gutman’s novel, a volume in his “Baseball Card Adventures” series. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:41 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

U of L Partners with Stage One on Stage, in Class

"Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," produced by the University of Louisville in partnership with Stage One Family Theatre.
Stage One

A new partnership between the  University of Louisville's theater arts department and Stage One Family Theatre will add at least one university-produced play for younger audiences to Stage One’s programming. 

Stage One serves more than 100,000 children, teachers and chaperones every school year. U of L's repertory company sends  graduate students into area schools to perform plays for young audiences. They're teaming up on  “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters,” a musical based on a folktale from Zimbabwe, which will be the first university repertory play to receive an expanded production in the Bomhard Theatre. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Worst Kids Ever Take Over Best Christmas Pageant

The young cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Stage One Family Theatre

Stage One Family Theatre opens its first public performances of Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Kentucky Center Saturday. The family-friendly play is recommended for grades 4-8. 

Directed by Lucas Adams, the play is about how a small town reacts when the rowdiest children in town—the Herdmans —decide to muscle their way into the annual Christmas play.

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