Story Theater Company

Story Theater Company Celebrating the talents of Iowa's youth STC produces two mainstage productions each season as well as classes, camps, and workshops. We are particularly committed to reaching under served children.
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We have donated hundreds of free tickets to area social service agencies, provided scholarship aid to participants, and kept tickets reasonably priced, in our on-going effort to afford everyone the opportunity to experience live theater. We invite you to play a part!

Mission: We offer quality theatrical opportunities for area children and provides them with positive role models who teach the fundamentals of theater in a welcoming environment that encourages self-confidence, responsibility, teamwork, and inclusion of all.

Operating as usual

The kits are coming together for next week's virtual Model Making workshop!
10/16/2020

The kits are coming together for next week's virtual Model Making workshop!

Meet Roman!Roman is in 6th grade at AMS. He most recently appeared with STC in Anansi The Clever Spider, and his favorit...
10/12/2020

Meet Roman!
Roman is in 6th grade at AMS. He most recently appeared with STC in Anansi The Clever Spider, and his favorite role so far was Nag the snake in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. (That was also his favorite costume.)
Lately, Roman has been staying busy by learning how to play the guitar and playing video games. (“At one point I think I went a bit insane,” he says.) When social distancing is no longer necessary, Roman is looking forward to EVERYTHING.
Roman’s favorite seasons are fall, because of the weather, and winter, because of the Christmas spirit.
If he could visit a fictional world, Roman would have a hard time choosing between the worlds of Star Wars, Marvel, or The Dark Crystal. Choosing a pizza topping is easy, though: pepperoni.
When we asked Roman what one word he’d use to describe his STC experience, he said, “Fun!”

MODEL MAKING WORKSHOPCheck out this scenic model by professional designer Kiah Kayser! Kiah has designed a ton of really...
10/06/2020

MODEL MAKING WORKSHOP
Check out this scenic model by professional designer Kiah Kayser! Kiah has designed a ton of really cool things (including sets for STC!). If you register for our Model Making virtual workshop, you can hang out with Kiah and learn some super fun, hands-on stuff about creating scenic models for yourself. Head on over and grab a spot: https://www.storytheatercompany.org/virtual-workshops
Ages 9-13+.

(And if you aren't quite convinced and want to see more of Kiah's work, look here! http://www.kiahkayser.com)

Meet Malea!Malea is in 5th grade at Fellows Elementary, and most recently appeared on the STC stage in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi ...
10/05/2020

Meet Malea!
Malea is in 5th grade at Fellows Elementary, and most recently appeared on the STC stage in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi where she played the Camel (her favorite role so far) and a wolf. She really liked the mask and claws for the wolf costume, and a memorable prop is her chimney sweep broom from Mary Poppins JR.
Recently Malea has enjoyed talking to friends virtually and watching way too many Youtube videos. She’s also learned that she can get bored very easily. She says, “When that happens, [I realize that] I sit way too much and need to be more active. Plus, I think my boredom has driven my sister nuts.”
When it comes to pizza toppings, Malea goes for pineapple, ham, and bacon. And when it comes to what she wishes more people knew about STC, she says, “Whoever you meet in STC is really almost like family. It is the most welcoming place I know.” If she had to pick one word to describe her STC experience, Malea would say, “Amazing!!”
Malea is looking forward to the Virtual Tween Club topic “Duck, Duck...Cereal?” because the name is so fun and she loves improv. She says, “I can’t wait!”

Check out a few of the makeup looks created last night at our Fantasy Stage Makeup Virtual Workshop! The theme for the n...
10/02/2020

Check out a few of the makeup looks created last night at our Fantasy Stage Makeup Virtual Workshop! The theme for the night was "Spellstruck," and there were quite a number of cool looks and excellent backstories. ✨💥🌠 We had fun!

Want to join us for a virtual workshop this fall? We plan to have more fun at Model Making, Monologue Acting, and Puppet Creation. Visit https://www.storytheatercompany.org/virtual-workshops/ to play with us!

Meet Josiah!Josiah is a junior at Gilbert High School. He most recently appeared on stage in Trifles & How The Vote Was ...
09/28/2020

Meet Josiah!
Josiah is a junior at Gilbert High School. He most recently appeared on stage in Trifles & How The Vote Was Won, and has also been enjoying Virtual Teen Club. His favorite STC role so far is Orsino in Twelfth Night. Fun fact: Josiah has played a tiger twice. He liked getting to wear claws both times.
Lately, Josiah has learned that he enjoys spending time with people, no matter how much he enjoys time alone. He’s been putting a lot of time into video calling friends (and occasionally meeting up, ten feet apart), drawing, and modeling tableaus. He looks forward to acting in person again.
Josiah’s favorite season is fall. He says, “I love fall, because it’s full of smells and color, but the world feels still, like it’s at ease. You can tell that there are still critters roaming around, but everything feels calm.”
If he could go to a fictional world, Josiah thinks it would be cool to visit Middle Earth. “Not to get into any crazy shenanigans,” he says, “but to be able to freely explore or relax in the Shire.”
If Josiah had to pick one word to describe his experience at STC, he would go with “Colorful.”

Get ready to kick off October with local playwright Josh Oren and another awesome Virtual STC workshop!Build your playwr...
09/26/2020

Get ready to kick off October with local playwright Josh Oren and another awesome Virtual STC workshop!
Build your playwriting and character creation skills and learn how to script great moments on stage.
The registration deadline is coming up, so hop over to https://www.storytheatercompany.org/virtual-workshops/ and grab a spot today!
Ages 11-18.

A peek into the "office" today... we're starting to assemble some of the pieces for the Fantasy Stage Makeup virtual wor...
09/17/2020

A peek into the "office" today... we're starting to assemble some of the pieces for the Fantasy Stage Makeup virtual workshop kits! Can't wait to see the epic looks they'll create beginning next week. ✨

(Registration for this workshop is closed, but you can still snag a spot in any of our other workshops or clubs right here! https://www.storytheatercompany.org/virtual-workshops/)

MEET A STUDENT: Addie!Addie is an 8th grader who mostly recently appeared with STC in our OnTour production of Anansi Th...
09/14/2020

MEET A STUDENT: Addie!

Addie is an 8th grader who mostly recently appeared with STC in our OnTour production of Anansi The Clever Spider. She has participated in many STC events, and so far, her favorite character to play was a plate in Beauty & The Beast JR. When asked about her favorite costume, Addie said, “Honestly, still the plate. It was really dope to dance in.”

During the past several months, Addie’s been staying busy by learning a new language, exploring the variety of music on Spotify, and trying to teach herself piano. She has also learned that she actually IS annoyed by the constant mess in her room (“Who knew?” she says). Additionally, Buzzfeed said that if she was a soda, she’d be an Orange Fanta, so...that’s something.

When social distancing restrictions are lifted, Addie is really excited to play softball. In the meantime, she is also looking forward to STC’s Virtual Stage Makeup workshop this fall.

On what she wishes more people knew about STC, Addie says, “It isn’t just a [play] production company. There are so many things you can do in workshops and clubs!”

If Addie could visit a fictional world, she would choose the world of Sofia The First so that she too could be a girl in the village doing all right. In real life, there was one time Addie left her bed to go sit on the couch. It was the trip of a lifetime. Well, that or visiting Jamaica.

Here is a time Addie once had a big surprise: One day, she was making a smoothie and she saw the cocoa powder. So she was like, “Yo, I’ll make it a chocolate smoothie.” Then she put 3 spoons of it in the blender. That was when she found out cocoa powder isn’t sweet. 😬
Addie's favorite pizza topping? Definitely pineapple.

You're invited to this 45-minute event, where Broadway actors (which ones? It's a surprise!) and STC will combine for so...
09/08/2020

You're invited to this 45-minute event, where Broadway actors (which ones? It's a surprise!) and STC will combine for some fun interaction! Registration for the mixer is free, and all you need to do is email Julia at [email protected] to claim a spot. THREE DAYS left to register.
We're super excited about this, and we hope you can join us!

Want to learn more about Broadway Roulette mixers? Click here: https://www.broadwayroulette.com/mixer-faq

Theater Clubs meet once a month on Monday evenings. Each club is centered around a theme, with lots of games and activit...
09/04/2020

Theater Clubs meet once a month on Monday evenings. Each club is centered around a theme, with lots of games and activities in a relaxed, fun format. Everyone is welcome! We'd love to have you join us! https://www.storytheatercompany.org/theater-clubs/

Our first virtual fall workshop: Join STC instructor and experienced makeup artist Morgan Reetz for some in-depth fantas...
09/02/2020

Our first virtual fall workshop: Join STC instructor and experienced makeup artist Morgan Reetz for some in-depth fantasy makeup! Become an elf, a villain, a merperson, and more, and build some serious skills along the way. The registration deadline is coming up for this one, so grab your spot now!
Ages 12-18.

Find out more and register here: https://www.storytheatercompany.org/virtual-workshops/

Scholarship assistance is available for all our virtual workshops.

Fall workshops are HERE! Go check them out! We've got some seriously talented instructors and super fun themes. Get all ...
08/31/2020

Fall workshops are HERE! Go check them out! We've got some seriously talented instructors and super fun themes. Get all the info: https://www.storytheatercompany.org/virtual-workshops/

And thank you for waiting so patiently as we worked through all the details!

We are super excited to share that STC is hosting a Virtual Broadway Mixer with Broadway Roulette! On Friday, September ...
08/21/2020

We are super excited to share that STC is hosting a Virtual Broadway Mixer with Broadway Roulette! On Friday, September 18, from 7:15-8:00 PM, jump on Zoom to join your friends and get the inside scoop with a surprise selection of Broadway talent.

This event is generously sponsored by a donor on behalf of STC, so registration is free! Spots are available for 20 screens and you can snag one by emailing [email protected] with "Broadway Roulette" in the subject line. (Multiple people are allowed on one screen, so yes, you can invite your siblings or parents if you want!)
UPDATE: Only 10 spots remaining.

For a closer look at the details, check out https://www.broadwayroulette.com/mixer-faq.

Registration will be open until September 10 or until all spots are filled. We hope you can join us for this unique opportunity!

We've got some awesome instructors, we've got some cool ideas planned, and we're almost ready to share it all with you! ...
08/14/2020

We've got some awesome instructors, we've got some cool ideas planned, and we're almost ready to share it all with you! But, #2020, we're still waiting on a few things beyond our control before we can finish up all the details. Keep watching for when the info reaches an "announceable" state! 🎉

08/11/2020

Due to the storm yesterday and multiple power outages, tween club is cancelled tonight. We hope everyone is safe and stay tuned for more upcoming STC programming information.

MEET A STUDENT: Chloe!Chloe is a freshman at Gilbert High School. Her most recent STC role (and favorite to date) was a ...
08/03/2020

MEET A STUDENT: Chloe!
Chloe is a freshman at Gilbert High School. Her most recent STC role (and favorite to date) was a Chimney Sweep in Mary Poppins JR. Chloe has appeared in many STC productions, and a past favorite costume piece was her gloves from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. They had inch-long claws attached!
Chloe has particularly missed the track season and June staging of Frozen JR. But she has been trying to stay busy and active! She says, “I exercise every day, and always make time for hanging out with my family. When I'm by myself, I like to read, write, listen to music, and play the ukulele.”
If Chloe could visit a fictional world, she’d choose the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The most exciting place she’s ever been so far is the Warner Brothers Studios.
Winter is Chloe’s favorite season. She says, “I love playing in the snow and celebrating Christmas with everyone I love.” Her favorite pizza topping is pineapple, but if she had to eat just one kind of food for a month, she would pick granola.
On her experience at STC, Chloe says, “I’ve learned how important it is to connect to everyone on stage as an ensemble. This makes the story more connected and cohesive.” She also adds, “I wish that everyone knew how close we grow to each other as actors and how we are always there for each other.”
If she had to choose just one word to describe her STC experience, Chloe would say, “inspiring.”

Our last session of virtual summer theater clubs is coming right up! Register now to join us—we'd love to see you! https...
07/31/2020

Our last session of virtual summer theater clubs is coming right up! Register now to join us—we'd love to see you! https://www.storytheatercompany.org/theater-clubs/

TWEEN CLUB (Ages 9-12) — "Incoming Call!"
Texting, Snapchat, and FaceTime are almost second nature to our generation. Explore how our different everyday platforms affect the way we communicate through short scenes and interpretations of people outside the call!
REGISTER BY Tuesday, August 4 at noon.

TEEN CLUB (Ages 13-18) — "Transforming Songs Into Stories"
Through the exploration of lyrics, movement, and lip-synching, we will create short theatrical stories based on contemporary musical masterpieces.
REGISTER BY Thursday, August 6 at noon.

MEET A STUDENT: Madison!Madison is an upcoming junior at Ames High. You most recently saw her on the STC stage in How Th...
07/27/2020

MEET A STUDENT: Madison!
Madison is an upcoming junior at Ames High. You most recently saw her on the STC stage in How The Vote Was Won, but her favorite character so far has been Maria in Twelfth Night. Madison says, “She was hilarious and sassy and had courage like no other character I’ve ever played.” Madison’s favorite costume to date was the blue work outfit she wore in Elf JR. “It was the first time Traci had me wear heels,” she says. “Actually, it was the first time I had ever worn heels.”
Madison has been keeping herself plenty busy by arguing with her sister, walking her dogs, jumping on the trampoline, and going camping. She adds, “I would definitely say that this stuff has kept me busy, but I’m really not sure how well it’s doing in keeping me sane.” She also has learned that she needs some kind of schedule in her life to avoid spending her day on the couch doing nothing, and she doesn’t plan to say “no” to hanging out with friends ever again!
On her favorite season, Madison says, “I prefer the cold over the heat...Plus, most of my favorite clothes are my winter clothes. They are very comfy to lounge around in, and winter is the perfect season to do that: curling up in a chair, with a warm hot chocolate, reading the whole day away. I'm not sure, but the fact that I was born in the middle of a blizzard might have something to do with my favorite season.”
A theatrical concept that really interests Madison is the idea of “centers,” which she learned about at STC. She explains, “A center is [what leads] your body through space. Centers can say a lot about a person. Centers can be your forehead, nose, chest, stomach, hips, feet, etc. Centers are super fun to play around with...I think it's interesting how much a center can add to your character's identity!”
If Madison could talk to any kind of animal, she might choose a whale. Or maybe a fish (who can speak whale, perhaps courtesy of Dory)...or maybe a dog, because she’s always wondered what her dogs think about.

Flashback Friday! Can you guess (or remember?) what's happening here??Bonus question: Can you spot any faces you still s...
07/24/2020

Flashback Friday! Can you guess (or remember?) what's happening here??

Bonus question: Can you spot any faces you still see regularly around STC these days?

MEET A STUDENT: Quinn!Quinn is a rising junior at Ames High. Her most recent STC experience was as a Costume Assistant f...
07/20/2020

MEET A STUDENT: Quinn!
Quinn is a rising junior at Ames High. Her most recent STC experience was as a Costume Assistant for Mary Poppins JR. Quinn has appeared in many STC roles both on and off the stage, and says, “Stage managing is always fun because you get to boss people around—kindly and professionally, of course!” When she was in Willy Wonka JR, Quinn got to have actual candy suckers as a prop for each show, and that stands out as a fun memory. She also really liked getting to wear wolf gloves as part of her costume in Beauty & The Beast JR (and thinks all of Traci’s costume designs are stunning).
Lately Quinn has been entertaining herself by sleeping, drawing, studying, and playing percussion here and there. She also just learned to make really good chicken zucchini noodles!
Quinn misses swimming, walking around Main Street, and STC’s summer show, and is excited for the time when she can see everyone again!
When asked about something she loves at STC, Quinn said, “All the fun word-of-mouth stories, and the traditions that are passed down through STC generations. :)”
In real life, Rome is the most exciting place Quinn has ever been. But if she could visit a fictional world, she would choose the city of Omashu from Avatar the Last Airbender!

SPOTS ARE STILL OPEN FOR THIS! 😃We're hosting a free lighting design workshop led by retired ISU technical theater profe...
07/16/2020

SPOTS ARE STILL OPEN FOR THIS! 😃
We're hosting a free lighting design workshop led by retired ISU technical theater professor Jim Trenberth!

DETAILS: This workshop is designed for anyone who wishes they actually knew how to design and run lights for their school or community theater productions. No experience? We'll start you from the ground up! Some experience? We'll jump in with the next thing to learn. Covering both the design concepts for successful lights and the technical skills to make them happen, this workshop is a lecture/hands-on combo.

Suggested for teens and adults.

DATES: Saturdays July 25, August 1, and August 8 from 1:00-4:00pm
LOCATION: Story Theater Company's Black Box Theater
*The workshop will follow best possible physical distancing and sanitizing practices.*

What you'll need: A laptop (anything except a Chromebook), a flash drive, and a mask.

REGISTER BY: July 20 via [email protected]

Interested? Other questions? Want to claim a spot? Please email [email protected] to let us know, and pass this on to anyone else you think might be interested!

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Ames, IA
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STC produces two mainstage productions, two black box shows, and a touring production each season as well as classes, camps, and workshops. We are particularly committed to reaching under served children. We have donated hundreds of free tickets to area social service agencies, provided scholarship aid to participants, and kept tickets reasonably priced, in our on-going effort to afford everyone the opportunity to experience live theater. We invite you to play a part!

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Sleeping Beauty opens tonight! If you don't have tickets yet, you can buy them at the door. It's going to be a fantastic show!
Please help spread the word.... Dancers, The next Ames Cyclone-Community Contra Dance is at Collegiate Wesley ANNEX https://www.google.com/maps/place/130+S+Sheldon+Ave,+Ames,+IA+50014/@42.021543,-93.6558922,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x87ee70a84708f78f:0xacd4c02b42afa04e!8m2!3d42.021539!4d-93.6539074?hl=en&authuser=0 130 S. Sheldon Ave, Ames (2 doors S of Dunkin Donuts) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 7pm-lesson; 7:30pm-dancing Lively music by Melon Farmer & calling by Reid Miller. Contribution: $8/general, $5/students. Free snacks! Hope we see you there.