The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is happy to announce a new partnership with the Creede Repertory Theatre to bring an original children’s theatre production to elementary schools in Northwest Kansas this fall.  The performances are underwritten by the Hansen Foundation and offered at no cost to the participating schools.


Seeds of Change is inspired by myth, fairy tale and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The musical fosters environmental literacy through the story of an ornery young girl who leaves the isolated Isle of Oro where she grew up and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. This story explores topics in environmental science, deforestation, ocean plastic, and habitat loss.

  • geared for students grades K-6
  • a musical that empowers and motivates action
  • emphasizes conservation, environment, science and math
  • incorporates Shakespearean language
  • encourages audience participation
  • reinforces themes with a study guide and illustrated book

The production lasts about an hour and can be performed in a multi-purpose room, a theatre or gym. The actors will interact directly with the students throughout the show. It is a highly energetic hour of learning and entertainment.

Books and lyrics for Seeds of Change are by Loio Simon. Music is by Ian LeRoy. The production is directed by Melissa Firlit.


From September 4 – November 2, 2018, the tour will be available to elementary schools throughout Northwest Kansas!  For questions or to book a performance at your school, contact:

Natalie Mayo, Creede Repertory’s Education Assistant at or 719-658-2540 x227


Celebrating 35 years of bringing excellent bilingual musical theatre to schools across the Southwest, Creede Repertory Theatre’s Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT) is one of the largest providers of educational theatre to the rural Southwest, serving over 24,000 children, and for the first time, will be available to schools in Northwest Kansas!

YAOT’s mission is to bring high quality musical theatre to young audiences in rural and underserved communities by annually producing an original children’s show to tour in elementary schools. After the performance, each child receives an original book, specific to the production, that reinforces the play’s themes and connects with their school curriculum.

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Before the show arrives at the school, teachers will have access to a study guide to help introduce students to the themes Seeds of Change explores. After the performance, every student receives a free children’s book. These books reinforce the themes of the study guide and the performance while making reading exciting! This important aspect of the tour ties directly to the Hansen Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in NW Kansas.


This program is fully funded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation!


The Foundation has been working with communities in Northwest Kansas to identify programs, projects and initiatives that provide opportunities and improve the quality of life.  The process, Strategic Doing, is being conducted in each of the 26 counties we serve. Through Strategic Doing, the Hansen Foundation has identified issues that have been self-identified in multiple counties.  One such issue is a desire for increased arts and cultural opportunities.

Last year, A Hansen Trustee and Staff member visited a rural community in Colorado to see a school production. We were impressed with the response from the students, the quality of the production, and the positive feedback from the community organizers. In addition, the long history of success with this touring program and the stability of Creede Repertory Theatre made the organization an excellent partner for our foundation and our schools.


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