Saint Mary’s hosts Enchantment Theatre Company’s ‘My Father’s Dragon’


The Saint Mary’s University Page Theatre will host the Enchantment Theatre Company’s performance of “My Father’s Dragon” on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. as part of a nationwide research opportunity with Purdue University.

This 60-minute, family-friendly performance is an interpretation of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s Newberry Honor-winning children’s book that tells the story of nine-year-old boy Elmer Elevator who sets out to save a baby dragon being held captive by animals on Wild Island. In his quest to save the baby dragon, Elmer meets a variety of talking animals and has many adventures.

Enchantment Theatre Company has been touring since 1979. They perform for more than 120,000 children and families each year throughout North America and Canada. The company began their “My Father’s Dragon” tour in September 2017 in Glenside, Pa. and will travel with this performance until May 2018. The company’s signature style — which includes puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects, and original music — will be familiar to those who attended Winona performances of “Peter Rabbit Tales” in 2015.

Several Winona-area schools are attending matinee performances of “My Father’s Dragon” on Thursday, February 22 and will also be participating in a nationwide research study conducted by Purdue University. The study is designed to examine the impact of live performance on learning and reading comprehension.

As part of the experience, the public is invited to attend two additional events. A free event geared toward children in grades kindergarten through five will be held at the Winona Public Library on Saturday, February 10 beginning at 12 p.m. This event will include excerpts from Ruth Stiles Gannett’s Newberry Honor-winning book, “My Father’s Dragon,” as well as craft activities inspired by the story.

Then, on Monday, Febrtuary 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts invites youth in grades three through six to an art workshop taught by Brianna Haupt. the class is $15 and includes all supplies. The artwork created in the class will be featured in the lobby of the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University campus during the production of “My Father’s Dragon” on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit, email, or call 507-453-5500.

Tickets for the Saint Mary’s Page Series production of “My Father’s Dragon” are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. For more information or to get tickets, visit or call 507-457-1715 (12-6 p.m. weekdays).

About Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit organization offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages birth through adult at the Valéncia Arts Center.

About the Performance Center

Serving over 25,000 visitors per year, the goal of the Performance Center at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is to be southeastern Minnesota’s premiere performing arts center, bringing artists and community together through imaginative programming, unique collaborations, a welcoming atmosphere, and exceptional service. The Performance Center strives to be the venue through which artists and community connect, where audiences can experience a variety of cultures through quality performances of music, theatre and dance, and discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.

Page Series activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Educational and community programs are made possible through the support of the Xcel Energy Foundation.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at


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