April 29-May 22, 2011

SteppingStone Theatre's 6th collaboration with Mu Performing Arts, one of the nation's premier Asian American theaters, is the revival of The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales. In this imaginative presentation of traditional folktales, the new schoolbus driver has a magic satchel that holds ancient fables from Asia. As each story is pulled out, the children on the bus are magically transported to China, Laos & the Philippines where they act out the stories and learn the morals they teach. Relevant to our current issues, these wonderfully rich stories teach the children, and the audience, ways to help solve our problems of today.

 April 29-May 22, 2011

SteppingStone Theatre's 6th collaboration with Mu Performing Arts, one of the nation's premier Asian American theaters, is the revival of The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales. In this imaginative presentation of traditional folktales, the new schoolbus driver has a magic satchel that holds ancient fables from Asia. As each story is pulled out, the children on the bus are magically transported to China, Laos & the Philippines where they act out the stories and learn the morals they teach. Relevant to our current issues, these wonderfully rich stories teach the children, and the audience, ways to help solve our problems of today.

Creator and Mu Artistic Director Rick Shiomi says, "Working with SteppingStone Theatre offers Mu the greatest opportunity to encourage Asian American youth to get into theatre performance and act in stories from their traditional cultures."

Shiomi feels that, "When I see the cast of Magic Bus I feel like I am seeing the future of America, where cultural and racial diversity is a given and not some planned program, where kids from any kind of background can feel they are an integral part of America."

He goes on to explain the draw of collaborating with SteppingStone, "Working with SteppingStone Theatre is like planting seeds in the spring. The harvest will be great for Mu and America. Not only in the creation of a future wave of Asian American actors but also in the sense of belonging they will all have to our society. Asian American stories are an essential a part of the American cultural fabric, and we are so pleased to have this opportunity to present them."

Full of magic and pageantry, these ancient stories of warrior princesses, emperors, and dragons, have at their heart universal truths about loyalty, honesty and the love of family, eternal themes that ring true. Brought to the stage in true SteppingStone fashion, with gorgeous costumes and sets and with professionally-trained, talented young actors, this production of The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales is sure to entertain and delight audience members of all ages.

Performance Information:

The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales by R.A. Shiomi, Cha Yang and Jaz Canlas with music by Gary Rue will be performed April 29-May 22, 2011.

 

All performances of The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales are in SteppingStone Theatre's new home, a beautifully renovated 100-year-old architectural gem located at 55 Victoria Street North, one block north of Summit Avenue in the Historic Hill District of St. Paul. 

Performance times and tickets are available at 651-225-9265 and online at www.steppingstonetheatre.org. Ticket prices are adults: US$14, children & seniors: US$10, groups 20+: US$7 (scholarships available). Tickets purchased in advance online are just US$9.50 per ticket.

The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales is appropriate for all ages. SteppingStone Theatre is fully-accessible to persons with disabilities, and has regularly-scheduled ASL & Audio Described performances. Interpreters can be scheduled for other performances at no additional cost upon request. For information, call 651-225-9265.

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