As the new school year begins, Theatre Lab begins the Fall 2020 installation of the Future PAGES Project. We have modified our program to best serve our partner schools, teachers, and students who will be engaged in remote learning this semester, and are excited to enrich the experience with more workshops to choose from, through a series of pre-production residencies, leading up to our 2021 production of The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons, by Rachel Teagle! 

Due to COVID-19 safety regulations, staging and recording of a full production this Fall is not an option. In its place, we will be spending this year in pre-production for the amazingly larger-than-life show, The Impracticality of Modern Day Mastodons, to be performed in full next Fall… and who would be better suited to help us bring this show to life than our own audiences of brilliant student artists?  

As always, the initial story submission will give all students the opportunity to apply for the 6-week intensive where selected student artists work together to create their own show using their original writing. As an added bonus, the creative work completed in the residencies will have the chance to be featured on our site, and used in the actual production designs! 

Theatre Lab is honored to provide students with an impactful creative outlet and educational arts experience, especially in these uncertain times. We are grateful to The Heckscher Foundation for Children, and to all of our generous donors for their continued support of this mission.



When She Had Wings

When She Had Wings by Suzan Zeder 

A Heckscher Theatre for Families production
Executive Producers Jeff and Aggie Stoops | Sept 7 - 29, 2019

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"...regardless of your age, this visually appealing, refreshing tale, will put you in a sunny mood, whether you're 8 or 80."
- Aaron Krause, Florida Theatre On Stage

A story told in sound, movement, and words about 9-year-old B - just plain “B”, like the letter - who knows that before she could walk, she could fly. Desperate to return to the sky before her 10th birthday weighs her down for good, B encounters a mysterious stranger, who seems to have fallen out of a summer storm directly into B’s treehouse. Could this possibly be her hero, Amelia Earhart? Together they must help each other remember how to fly … literally and metaphorically.

Cast and Crew:

A: *Barbara Sloan
B: Stephon Duncan
Man: Roderick Randle
WINGMAN: Daniel Llaca
Sound Op: Paul Curtis

*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States

Director: Matt Stabile
Stage Manager: Rose Figueroa
Lighting Designer: Thomas M. Shorrock
Sound Designer: Matt Corey
Costume: Dawn Shamburger
Scenic Designer: Michael McClain
Original Music by: Matt Corey and Paul Curtis
Props Master: John Shamburger
Master Electrician: Nick Chimienti
Costume Shop Manager: Nicholas Jones
Aerial Specialist: Lucky Bruno
Wardrobe Crew: Sarah Leitner Erricson and Tim Bowman
Board Operator: Sasha Arango
Run Crew: Joe Eberspacher



Ronia: The Robber's Daughter  by Allison Gregory

A US Premiere | September 8 to 30 2018

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"...Artistic director Matt Stabile strove to mount a show in the Goldilocks Zone, appealing to children of 7 to 17 and their parents, and their grandparents"
-Bill Hischman, Florida Theatre On Stage

In a mythic countryside in a mountain fort surrounded by wild forest and woodland creatures, young Ronia is raised and loved by her family, who happen to be a band of robbers. Everything changes when she encounters the impetuous son of a rival band of robbers. Their friendship forces Ronia to question her fiery father’s actions— and to take a stand for her own beliefs.

This production was the center-piece of Theatre Lab’s Heckscher Theatre for Families series, providing free writing workshops and live-theatrical experiences to more than 1400 students each year.


Cast and Crew

In order of appearance

Lovis - Angelina Lopez Catledge

Noddle-Pete, Borka - Zack Myers

Undis, Harpy, Little Snip - Niki Fridh*

Matt - Timothy Mark Davis

Birk Borkason, Foolok - Roderick Randle

Ronia - Leah Sessa

and Paul Curtis as The Musician

*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States


Director: Matt Stabile

Resident Scenic Designer: Michael McClain

Resident Costume Designer: Dawn Shamburger

Lighting Designer: Thomas M. Shorrock

Resident Properties Designer: John Shamburger

Costume Shop Manager: Nicholas Jones

Wardrobe  Head: Yanislen Valdez

Production Stage Manager: Rose Figueroa

House Manager: Joanna Orrego

Original Music by Paul Curtis & Angelina Lopez Catledge