SteppingStone Theatre opens its 23rd season with Stone Soup Feeds the World, an adaptation of the popular story book by Dane Stauffer. The diverse cast is made up of kids in grades 4 through 12 who attend a variety of schools throughout the Twin Cities. They are all budding talents and simply remarkable for their age.
Stone Soup is a story about cooperation and optimism, a sense of community and trust. The cast does an excellent job representing all that and some. They start out with a 360-degree entrance full of acrobatics, singing, and dancing—and lots of whoops and hollers! The performance continues with some selected solos and chorus scenes that clearly explain the plot. SteppingStone Theatre does a terrific job helping us take the cast and story seriously by supporting the performance with a lovely facility, vibrant props, costumes that are simple but perfect, and stage direction that is right on cue, including positioning the characters so that we can see even the wee ones. It was interesting to read that one of my favorite local singers, Prudence Johnson, is the music director. If she’s responsible for helping the cast to sing clearly, and the songs to be within their vocal ranges, she’s doing a great job!
|stone soup feeds the world, presented through november 7 at steppingstone theatre. for information and tickets, see steppingstonetheatre.org.|
It’s impressive that these kids the guts and the drive to participate in public performance. On stage. With bright lights. And with memorized lines (sometimes lots of them). Wow! Just that catapults them into the stratosphere for me. But of course my companion, a feisty, stylish eight-year-old, and I came away with some favorite moments, which I’m happy to share. We both loved the music throughout the performance—with the exception of the song about the town, which seems to get repeated a couple of too many times. The Stone Soup “theme,” we took home with us, grooving to “you can make some stone soup, too” well into the car and the house. We both loved the previously mentioned set and costumes. We both loved the actors and were happy to say thanks in person to them on the way out. We particularly liked the characters of Mrs. Sneakypants, Meetu (pronounced me too, as she often points out), and Tico, one of the main group of four students who show the town how to begin to get along together again. His voice seemed extraordinary, and his spirit contagious.
When leaving the theater I asked my companion to tell me her thoughts. She immediately exclaimed, “I’m going to tell my mom that it was fun and that I loved it and that I want to see it again.” Enough said.