ARVADA, COLO. – Filled with imaginative puppets, talented actors, colorful costumes and clever music, E.B. White’s classic book comes to life on stage in the Arvada Center’s latest children’s theater production, “Stuart Little,” playing Feb. 11-May 9 in the indoor theater.
Ideal for ages four and up, this heartwarming musical production tells the story of Stuart Little, a charming mouse who is born into a human family. Despite his small stature, Stuart gets around quite a bit in the world – riding a Fifth Avenue bus, racing a sailboat in Central Park (he wins the race), teaching school for a day, searching for a frozen lake on which to use his ice skates made of paperclips, riding in the back of a garbage truck (though not by choice) and more. Loved by nearly everyone he meets (except for the family feline, Snowball), Stuart determined and ready to face whatever challenges await him. His greatest adventure comes when he sets out in search of his dearest friend, a beautiful bird named Margalo. Small in size only, Stuart has the adventurousness, purpose and indomitable spirit of a heroic figure, showing audiences that life is a journey and no matter what they look like, if they believe in themselves, they can succeed.
This adaptation of “Stuart Little” features outstanding original music ranging from sweet solo ballads to a chorus of cats who scat. The music helps move the story along and hold the attention of even the youngest audience member.
In addition to the tremendous talents of eight local actors, the Arvada Center production of “Stuart Little” features the creative work of Denver’s premier puppeteer, Cory Gilstrap. Stuart (Mike Skillern), Margalo (Dania Anderson) and Snowbell (Bill Berry) are all played by actors with puppets incorporated into both their costumes and roles.
On the technical side, the “Stuart Little” set, which alludes to the style of a pop-up book, draws on the work of Garth Williams (illustrator of “Stuart Little”). Props will be both large and small, with Stuart searching finding a hula-hoop size version of his mother’s wedding ring in the bathtub drain, taking it off-stage to Mrs. Little who then slips a normal size ring on her finger creating the size illusions.
Children’s imaginations are sure to be engaged by this clever, creative production, directed by children’s theater veteran, Christopher Willard. Willard directed the Arvada Center’s acclaimed productions of “Strega Nona,” “Babe, the Sheep-Pig” and “The Ant Queen’s New Clothes.”
“Stuart Little” runs most Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and noon. Weekend performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets are going quickly and some performances are currently standing-room-only. A complete schedule of performances can be found at the end of this release. This schedule is also available online at www.arvadacenter.org. Individual tickets cost $6. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. This children’s theater production is presented in partnership with The Denver Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Target and Mervyn’s.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720.898.7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or email@example.com.
Based on the book by E.B. White
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Music by Ronna Frank
Lyrics by Joseph Robinette and Ronna Frank
Production Staff: Kathy Kuehn (producer), Rod Lansberry (associate producer), Christopher Willard (director), Keith Ewer (music director), Kathy Kautz (choreographer), Laura Love (scenic design), Nicole M. Hoof (costume design), Gail Gober (lighting design), Steve Stevens (sound design), Cory Gilstrap (puppet design), Rebecca Shepard (properties).
Cast: Dania Anderson (Margalo/ensemble), Jeffrey Atherton (Mr. Little/ensemble), Bill Berry (Snowbell ensemble), Shelly Bordas (Angie/ensemble), Rhaetia Hanscum (female understudy), Ed McBride (George Little/ensemble), Sheila Swanson McIntyre (Mrs. Little/ensemble), Sarah Rex (Babette/ensemble), Mike Skillern (Stuart Little).
Schedule of Performances for “Stuart Little”
Tuesday, Feb. 11, noon
Thursday, Feb. 13, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Thursday, Feb. 20, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Friday, Feb. 21, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Thursday, Feb. 27, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Friday, Feb. 28, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Wednesday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Thursday, March 6, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Saturday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Friday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Wednesday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Thursday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Friday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Wednesday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Thursday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Friday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Thursday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Friday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. and noon (noon show is audio-described for the blind)
Thursday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. and noon (both shows are shadow-interpreted for the deaf)
Friday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. and noon (both shows are shadow-interpreted for the deaf)
Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Thursday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Friday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Thursday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. and noon
Friday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. and noon
(Photos available upon request)