The Smartest Girl in the World


directed by JAVIER VILALTA

HEALTH & SAFETY NOTICE - StoryBook takes the safety of our cast and crew very seriously and worked closely with Alberta Health Services to create this show and became Theatre Cohort for the filming of this process.  Read more about our process here


With the continued effects of COVID-19, we have made the decision to continue to present our season in an online format.  All tickets purchased have been converted to VIEWING CODES.  A viewing code for each ticket purchased will be sent to all patrons at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled viewing.


They’ve got a plan. Leo and Lizzy Martinez want to be the smartest kids in the world! The children of hardworking immigrants, big brother Leo has convinced his little sis that being smart is the key to helping their family escape a tough, uncertain reality. The first step in the plan—Leo will win the local TV kids’ quiz show. But when their parents refuse to let him join the quiz team, Lizzy learns there’s something deeper driving Leo—something that makes life that much more challenging and unpredictable for her brother and her family. Seeing her brother’s spirit broken, Lizzy is determined to grow up, give up her dreams and rescue the plan to see it through. Along the way, she and Leo discover that it takes more than being serious and “smart” to save a family and one another. The Smartest Girl in the World takes a look at the bonds of family and the key to facing life’s challenges together.

“What gives the play its staying power is how well it captures a child’s-eye view of reality, where storybook imagination blurs into the more mundane challenges of growing up.”

“The beauty of the play … lies in these lessons revealed and learned about the centrality of family, the merits of striving, and the essence of character.” —

“The play succeeds in validating, elevating and educating.” —

“Heartfelt and funny yet full of warmth … includes witty dialogue and realistic characters who are full of determination and the desire to succeed.” —

“[A] breezy tale … about siblings who move from a rose-colored view of each other to a more mature and growing love.” —

“A fast-paced comedy with heart that zips through its running time without a moment’s pause and ends up creating the biggest smile you’ll have all day.” —Valley Screen and Stage


May 7 to June 5


presented ONLINE


one-act play, approx. 75 minutes


$27 child, $32 adult


ages 6+


With our performance being online we will not have any relaxed performances for this show.  We hope everyone can enjoy how they want to from the comfort of their own space.


Storytelling, imagination, creativity and a family story



Family, Immigrant Story, BIPOC artists and narrative, family values

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS from the original production

Watch scenes and conversations with cast and writer from the original production of the play in 2015.

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