First Stage Announces Schedule

Updated 3 years ago

The First Stage Theatre Company has selected its lineup of shows for its 25th season, which runs from August 2014 to spring 2015.

The children’s theatre will present five shows, including three musicals, a non-musical and a special Alumni Concert. The shows being staged are “Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.,” “Little Women: the Musical,” “Once on This Island, Jr.” and William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The season begins with “Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.” The musical is based on the classic animated movie about the beggar who finds a magic lamp and a powerful Genie. He hopes to win the love of Princess Jasmine, but first he must overcome the evil Jaffar. The show will be directed by Chuck Minsker and Amy Browning. Auditions will be held in August, and the show will be presented at the Renaissance Theatre on Sept 26, 27 and 28, 2014.

The second show for the season is “Little Women: the Musical,” which is based on Louisa May Alcott's American classic. It follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Dreaming of being a writer, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. The show will be staged in Winter 2014 and will be directed by Mary Smirl.

The third show of the season is “Once on This Island, Jr.,” a original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid.” Through song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and even death. The show will be presented in Spring 2015 and will be directed by Amy Browning.

The fourth show of the season is a first for the children’s theatre. Hunt Bryan, president of First Stage, said “This will be our 25th Season, but we’ve never tackled a Shakespeare play. It’s time to correct that oversight, so our final show for the 25th season will be the classic comedy of love and magic: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It will be presented in the spring of 2015 and will be directed by Cindy Westbrook.

The season will also include First Stage’s Third Annual Alumni Concert, bringing back some of the grown up performers who appeared in past shows with the children’s theatre.

“We’re very happy with the shows lined up for this season,” said Bryan. “Each show is loaded with great parts, so we can cast lots of young performers of all ages. The stories are funny, entertaining and educational - there’s something for everyone!”

Audition dates for the shows will be announced in the near future. For more information, go to the First Stage website at, follow the organization on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Based in Huntington, W.Va., the First Stage Theatre Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an educational, developmental experience for young people through the performing arts. There is no charge to take part in a First Stage production.

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