Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SMU presents Theatre IV with ‘Stuart Little’ April 7

WINONA, Minn. — In the final Page Series event of the season, Saint Mary’s University invites the public to watch the classic tale of “Stuart Little” come to life Thursday, April 7.

Theatre IV will present this merry musical — beginning at 6:30 p.m. in SMU’s Page Theatre — about a noble mouse that jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination. Funny, tender and exciting, “Stuart Little” mixes gorgeous child-size puppets with live actors to work theatrical magic.

Stuart’s creator, E.B. White once said, “Well, many years ago I went to bed one night in a railway sleeping car, and during the night I dreamed about a tiny boy who acted rather like a mouse. That’s how the story of Stuart Little got started. And although my stories are imaginary, I like to think that there is some truth in them, too — truth about the way people and animals feel and think and act.”

Theatre IV is a nonprofit, professional touring children’s theatre that was formed in 1975. During 2009-2010 they performed live before over 1/2 million children, teens, parents and teachers across the America.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at

Saint Mary’s University is a fiscal year 2010 recipient of an Institutional Presenter Support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

In celebration of this performance, Saint Mary’s will host a “Gathering for E.B. White” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Winona Public Library. Come hear many classic children’s stories read aloud.