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NoBo region youth to participate in Stoneham Theatre’s Young Company performances

STONEHAM –  With a few “twists on old tales”, the Stoneham Theatre’s Young Company presents Twists on Old Tales! Winter Festival with Once Upon A Mattress, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, and Into The Woods.

Introducing live theatre to young people is one of great importance in the Stoneham Theatre’s mission. Through the creation of inspiring live theatre, the Young Company was created to develop confidence, self-discipline and collaboration that will prepare young actors for future success.

The young company offers diverse year-round programs for students grades 1 through 12 taught in the professional environment of the Stoneham Theatre. Throughout the year, students may participate in workshops, rehearsals, and performances designed to develop important skills like teamwork and self-confidence.

The company features performers of all ages from across the NoBo region, including Andover, Burlington, Gloucester, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Melrose, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Wenham, Woburn.

Running from February 1 through 12, tickets are $10 if purchased in advance or $15 after February 1st. Children and students will pay $10 at all times. The Stoneham Theatre is located at 395 Main Street in Stoneham and is wheelchair accessible. For advance tickets and information, visit or call the Box Office at 781-279-2200 or log onto www.stonehamtheatre.org.

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Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon A Mattress is a musical featuring students in grades 1-6, retelling the story of “The Princess in the Pea”. Everyone can’t wait for the newest royal wedding, and the aggravating Queen Aggravain has declared no one may marry before her son, Prince Dauntless. Winnifred, an unlikely partner, is a girl from the swamps and may be the perfect match.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10AM (school matinee)
Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 12PM/Noon
Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 12PM/Noon
Wednesday, February 8, 10 am (school matinee)
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 12PM/Noon
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 12PM/Noon

Cast: Bianca Baldassaro (Peabody), Colin Breslin (Woburn), Caroline Castro (Peabody), Allison Collier (Medford), Monica Courtney (Stoneham), Caela Flanagan (Andover), Francesca Foti (Stoneham), Molly Geaney (Lynn), Shelby Geaney (Lynn), Sophia Gukelberger (Melrose), Katie Kelley (Stoneham), Claire Kiewra (Winchester), Ashley Lanzoni (Sudbury), Haley Lanzoni (Sudbury), Sabrina Liberatore (Somerville), Ava Lopresti (Melrose), Brita Martin (Andover), Nathaniel Michaels (Melrose), Joseph Pizzano (Stoneham), Syndey Rahilly (Peabody), Katie Roeder (Malden), Max Roberts (Wakefield), Tricia Snell (Reading), Abigail Sprague (Winchester), Colby Stack (Andover), Katherine Stack (Andover), Julia Talbot (Melrose), Casey Tervalon (Melrose), Jillian Wightman (Melrose) and Sophia Wulsin (Lowell).

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Disney’s Beauty And The Beast

In this version of the Disney musical, students in grades 6-9 tell the “Tale as Old as Time”, following the unforgettable story of Belle and the Beast. Featuring all the beloved songs from the animated film, the production is a great chance for the entire family to sing-a-long!

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 10AM (school matinee)
Friday, February 3, 2012 7PM
Thursday, February 7, 2012 at 10AM (school matinee)
Saturday, February 11,2012 at 7PM
Sunday, February 12,2012 at 3PM

Cast: Sirena Abalian (Lexington), Devin Bean (Winchester), Natalie Brogran (Melrose), Madeleine Carbonneau (Melrose), Emilee Clapp (Tewksbury), Kara DiOrio (Westborough), Nick Doucette (Melrose), Steven Doucette (Melrose), Phillip Dragone (Stoneham), Jack Favazza (Gloucester), Maria Ferraguto (Woburn), Jillian Furber (Wenham), Grace Goddard (Woburn), Anastasia Kranz (Melrose), Becca Lerman (Stoneham), Luke McDonough (Winchester), Jake Michaels (Stoneham), Casey Moriarty (Stoneham), Riley Moriarty (Stoneham), Eddie Pizzano (Stoneham), Francesca Rizzo (Melrose), Alicia Ross (Melrose), Rachel Seeley (Burlington), Katrina Skidmore (Stoneham), Alyssa Spurr (North Reading), Maria Tramontozzi (Melrose), Andrew Vontzalides (North Reading), and Sam Witts (Dracut).

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Into The Woods

Students in grades 10 through 12 will perform in the Stephen Sondheim musical that weaves together beloved fairy tales — Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella — and his own original story of a childless Baker and his Wife, exploring the darker side of a happy ending, perfect for those looking for their “Once Upon a Time” with a little edge!

Friday, February 3, 2012 at 10AM (school matinee)
Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 7PM
Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 3PM
Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10AM (school matinee)
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7PM
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 3PM

Cast: Nicole Cerullo (Stoneham), Brad Costa (Reading), Ryan Feir (Winchester), Molly Goddard (Woburn), Ann-Marie Iacoviello (North Andover), Zoey Michaels (Stoneham), Phil Minard (Reading), Christina O’Neil (Winchester), Lexi Orphanos (Lynnfield), Coco Rich (Winchester), Tim Sheils (Stoneham), Jeff Siegel (Stoneham), Sarah B. Smith (Winchester), Sydney Soucy (Melrose), Matthew Steriti (Lynn), Tessa Storm (Melrose), and Sarah Warrick (Winchester).

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