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Season 48 | Season to Belong

Belonging comes from being yourself and being seen.

What does it mean to belong? It’s knowing that you’re valued and understood. It’s connecting with “your people” in a special place where you all feel right at home. It’s feeling like you’re accepted, and knowing that you’re a part of something bigger, something extraordinary.

Over the years, StoryBook Theatre has become more than a place to see a musical or play. It’s a place where we all work together to create worlds where inclusion and imagination thrive. It is a community where everyone—those in the spotlight, those behind the scenes, our volunteers, and those in our audience— finds a place where they belong.

SBT’s Season to Belong celebrates our community – one that values the arts and believes in acceptance, creativity, and curiosity. Whether it’s your first time coming to one of our shows, or you’re a long-time patron, you play an integral part in creating the magic you see onstage. Your reactions and applause breathe life into the performances, encouraging and uplifting every artist involved. We appreciate and value YOU as part of our theatre family.

Season 48 includes nine productions that delve into our shared human experiences and our desires to connect and be a part of something. These are stories about resilient characters on journeys of self-discovery—individuals who seek to overcome feelings of isolation, have their voices heard, and meet the people who will help them find their place in the world. We can all relate to these stories, as they remind us that everyone deserves to feel like they belong somewhere.

We invite you to join us - be yourself, and be seen in this place where YOU belong! 

SUBSCRIPTIONS

EARLY BIRD RENEW - June 3 to June 16
EARLY BIRD NEW  - June 17 to July 2
NEW  - July 3 to August 31

SINGLE TICKETS
SINGERS @ SUNSET - June 3

HEATHERS - July 3

ALL SHOWS  - September 3

Meet the Teams
Welcome to SBT's 48th Season of Shows!
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The beloved annual series of concerts returns, featuring some of StoryBook Theatre’s most talented alums and their friends performing well-known and original works. All funds raised from these intimate concerts go towards SBT’s Ellie Tims Project, which provides bursaries and scholarships for deserving students to access Theatre School programs.  Performers and themes to be updated soon!

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Directed by SAMANTHA McKENNA CURRIE
Musical Direction by ETHAN VASQUEZ TAYLOR
Choreography by TAYLOR RAE STEEDMAN
Book, music and lyrics by KEVIN MURPHY & LAURENCE O’KEEFE
Presented by the cast of SBT’S 2024 STUDENT SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
Two-act musical, recommended for ages 13 & up

Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of better days. But when she is invited to join the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, rulers of the high school halls, Veronica’s dreams of popularity may finally come true. That is until mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it’s murder being a somebody…Wickedly funny, with a dazzling book, music, and lyrics, HEATHERS is based on the 1988 cult hit starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. This is one top-of-the-class production you can’t afford to skip.

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Directed & Choreographed by STEPHAN DICKSON
Musical Direction by  TBA
Music and lyrics by MICHAEL MAHLER & ALAN SCHMUCKLER
Book by KEVIN DEL AGUILA
Based on the “DIARY OF A WIMPY KID” book series by JEFF KINNEY and the 20th Century Fox Films
Two-act musical, recommended for ages 6 & up

Middle school is the worst! But “wimpy kid” Greg is determined to NOT be at the bottom of the popularity chart. Will Greg’s plans lead him to sacrifice his one true friend? Can anyone avoid the dreaded Cheese Touch? See Jeff Kinney’s popular character take center stage as the beloved cartoon diaries become a hilarious and heartfelt musical. Grab a hall pass, and don’t be late for an adventure familiar to anyone who actually survived middle school!

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Directed by JP THIBODEAU
Two-act musical, recommended for ages 12 & up

Show to be revealed on the night of the performance.

Be part of the excitement and feel what it is like to sit down and have no idea what show you are seeing until the lights go down and the music begins! The event that Calgary theatre lovers look forward to every year, the performance features some of this city's brightest Musical Theatre performers and emerging artists. Funds raised support SBT’s Ellie Tims Project, which supports SBT's mission to “Never say no to a Child,” allowing everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, to participate in Theatre School Programming.

 

THIS SHOW IS RATED 12+ and Includes mature themes and language

Past shows have included: Sweeney Todd, Curtains, Little Miss Sunshine, Titanic - The Musical, Assassins, The Secret Garden, In The Heights and Company

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Directed by JP THIBODEAU
Musical Direction by ETHAN VASQUEZ TAYLOR
Choreography by GREG PEMBER
Music by ALAN MENKEN
Lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN & TIM RICE
Book by LINDA WOOLVERTON
Originally Directed by Rob Roth, originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Based on “LA BELLE BÊTE” by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Two-act musical, recommended for ages 6 & up

Disney’s enchanted classic returns to StoryBook Theatre for the holiday season! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

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Directed by STEVEN CONDE
Written by MICHEAL MORPURGO
Adapted for the stage by STUART PATERSON.
Based on the novel “KENUSKE’S KINGDOM” by Michael Morpurgo
One-act play, recommended for ages 10 & up

Experience the thrilling tale of Michael, a young boy stranded on a Pacific Island, adapted for the stage by renowned playwright Stuart Paterson. The story is based on the best-selling novel by Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Our young hero sets out on a global sailing adventure with his parents, but this family’s dream turns into a nightmare when Michael falls overboard. He washes up on an island inhabited by orangutans, where he makes an astonishing discovery: the island is already home to an extraordinary man, Kensuke, and this is his kingdom.

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Directed by JP THIBODEAU
Two-act musical, recommended for ages 12 & up

SBT’s annual MisCast is the musical spectacular featuring Broadway’s hottest hits, sung by local theatre artists performing roles in which they would not traditionally be cast! Funds raised support The Ellie Tims Project, which supports SBT’s mission to “Never say no to a Child,” allowing everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, to participate in Theatre School Programming. StoryBook Theatre plans to announce its 49th Season of shows following this performance.

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Directed by JANNELLE COOPER
Musical Direction by DALLAS HAYES SPARKS
Choreographed by DE-ANN WEEKES
Music & book by LYNN AHRENS, additional music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Two-act musical, recommended for ages 6 & up
This Olivier Award-winning Caribbean adaptation of the famous fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, comes from the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime). Earning eight Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Book and Score, the story follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with a wealthy boy named Daniel. However, the pompous gods who preside over their island make a bet with each other over which is stronger - love or death - with Ti Moune’s life at stake. Will Ti Mourne find true love? Or will she discover something much deeper, which breaks the walls that separate their society and unites them all?

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