HOPKINS, Minn. – Stages Theatre Company (STC) in collaboration with Mu Performing Arts, presents “Starry River of the Sky,” based on the children’s book, “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” . . .

by Newbery Award-winning author Grace Lin. The story was adapted for the stage by Jeannine Coulombe, and directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett, STC’s artistic director, and Rick Shiomi, former artistic director at Mu Performing Arts. 
 
“Starry River of the Sky” is filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters and exciting new adventures and is recommended for ages 7 and up.  The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice!  Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn.  He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems.  Where has the innkeeper's son gone?  Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing?  And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit?

STC is hosting a book signing with author Lin on Saturday, May 3, from 12:30-1 p.m. (prior to the 1 p.m. performance) and 6:30-7 p.m. (prior to the 7 p.m. performance).  Both signings will be at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, home of STC, and are free and open to the public, no ticket to the performance is required. 

Visit  www.stagestheatre.org for performance dates and times, and to purchase tickets; or call  the Box Office at 952-979-1111, option 4, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for children (ages 5 to 17) and seniors (60+).  Performances run through May 18.

STC was founded in 1984 and has grown to be one of the largest professional theatres for young audiences in the country.  We engage young artists with themes relevant to their lives and involve them in creating magical works featuring young people in meaningful roles. Through theatrical productions, workshops, conservatory classes and other outreach programs, Stages Theatre Company annually serves more than 130,000 young people and their families.

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