Heckscher Theatre for Families



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
Recommended for ages 8+

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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

"When She Had Wings is attractive whimsy for the whole family!”
- Hap Erstein, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

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.

Executive Producers: Jeff & Aggie Stoops

Director: Matt Stabile

Scenic Designer: Michael McClain

Costume and Makeup Designer: Dawn Shamburger

Lighting Designer: Thomas M. Shorrock

Sound Designer: Matt Corey

Props Master/Scenic Artist: John Shamburger

Projection Designer: Nick Chimienti

Production Stage Manager: Rose Figueroa

Costume Shop Manager: Nicholas Jones

Wardrobe Crew: Tim Bowman and Sarah Leitner Ericsson

Board Operator: Sasha Arango

Run Crew: Joe Eberspacher

Original Music by: Paul Curtis

Aerial Coach and Choreography: Luckner “Lucky “ Bruno


A: *Barbara Sloan

B: Stephon Duncan

DAD: Roderick Randle

WINGMAN: Daniel Llaca

SOUND OP: Paul Curtis



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




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