Stages Theatre Company Puts On “Descendants The Musical” This Month in Hopkins
Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins is back with a new production this month, as it stages Descendants The Musical, Disney’s tale of the offspring of several of its more prominent villains and how the newer generation faces challenges.
It runs June 16-30 at the Hopkins Performing Arts Center, and it features several performers from the northwest suburbs.
“It’s a very high-energy, and it’s very fun and engaging and a lot of kids might be inspired a little bit, and it’s a great show,” said Maple Grove Middle School Student Carter Kue, who lives in Brooklyn Park and plays Jay, son of Jafar. “ It might teach kids that you should be a leader and not a follower, and you should just be who you want to be, and not fall under your parents’ or your significant other’s footsteps.”
As always, Stages remains an accessible production both in its inclusive casting as well as how it puts on the shows so nearly everyone can enjoy attending.
Charlie Rush-Reece, a Cooper High School rising senior, plays Jafar. He’s visually impaired, and has help getting out to the stage. This is his third performance in a row with Stages.
“They always make sure I feel safe, and always talk to me, and make sure I feel most comfortable on stage, but also they make it accessible for people to come see the shows. They have ASL, audio description available for various performances, so no one should not have an option to come see it,” said Rush-Reece, who lives in Robbinsdale.
“I think it’s a fun show to come see,” he said. “I think people are going to walk away with a smile on their face.”