Stages Theatre Hosts World Premiere of “Raymie Nightingale”
Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins is doing something it rarely does: it will run two shows simultaneously for the next few weeks.
“The space is really cool. It’s in the Jaycee Studio,” said Adilynn Cardenas, who plays Raymie Clark in “Raymie Nightingale.” “It’s a really interactive space. The audience is right in the middle of everything that’s going on.”
Cardenas plays the lead role in the world premiere of “Raymie Nightingale,” which is one two of shows going on at Stages, in addition to Disney’s “Newsies Jr.”
“Raymie Nightingale” is based off of the award-winning 2016 book by Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo. Set in 1975, Raymie is the story of a girl in Florida who is trying to cope with the emotions of being raised by a single mother after her father left. The play takes the audience through the lessons learned by children who struggle with their mental health.
“It showcases the importance of mental health and supporting kids and helping them to learn how to cope with their emotions, rather than trying to suppress them,” Cardenas said. “And I think the show does a really good job with that.”
This all-female cast and crew production of “Raymie Nightingale” will run Friday, April 28, to May 21.
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