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Announcing Sleep Squad: A Virtual Theatre Experience

Stephens Auditorium, managed by VenuWorks, is presenting SLEEP SQUAD, a family-friendly, interactive, virtual theater experience that turns your home into a rocket ship to launch kids into their dreams. Featuring brand new, unique, kid-driven comedy and music, this world premiere on-demand production creates a new kind of bedtime ritual for kids age 4-12.

Virtual show dates are February 4-21, 2021.  Performances are available starting at 6pm Central for the show date purchased and can be viewed any number of times for 14 days thereafter. On demand family passes will be available to the general public at beginning on Friday, January 22 at 8am.  Use code DREAM2021 before Monday, January 25 to receive a special discount price of $25 for video only.

“SLEEP SQUAD is a delightful family show and we are pleased to partner with the Story Pirates and Eva Price to bring this on-demand production to our Stephens audiences and the community,” said Tammy Koolbeck, Stephens Auditorium Executive Director.  “We want to thank Randy and Cathy Fitzgerald for underwriting this interactive virtual experience and providing passes to local families served by United Way and YSS.”

SLEEP SQUAD is brought to you by the “masterfully hilarious” Story Pirates, “some of the best creators and performers in kids’ media today” (Sirius XM). And it’s more than an on-demand evening of entertainment; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that leaps off the screen to create performance-like, immersive family fun right at home.

SLEEP SQUAD stars Tony Award Nominee Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob SquarePants, Tootsie) as the Dream Queen, pilot of the spaceship Ariem that launches kids into the Slumber Galaxy on three different missions, as they train to become members of the Sleep Squad—an elite group of the world’s most advanced dreamers. Sleep Squad hopefuls are sent into space to explore stories adapted from real kids’ dreams along with the co-pilot of their choice (their favorite stuffed animal, blanket or toy). The Dream Queen welcomes explorers onboard the Ariem for mission preparation, and then instructs them to put on their Sleep Squad sleep goggles for adventures, including trips to a desert island, a dinosaur’s birthday party and an intergalactic nightclub. These immersive audio sections allow kids to take ownership of the imagination-powered storytelling. After kids complete the missions, they become official Sleep Squad members and charged to fly solo into their own dreams, aided by calming sleep music.

SLEEP SQUAD is brought to you by Tony Award-winning producer Eva Price, is directed by Olivier-nominated Jennifer Weber and Drama Desk-nominated Lee Overtree, and co-created by the critically acclaimed Story Pirates, creators of the #1 podcast for kids, downloaded more than 25 million times and winner of both the 2020 Webby and iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family podcast.

On-Demand Family Passes can include a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” delivered to your home address. The items within–including a dream journal, explorer goggle sleep mask, co-pilot badge and star projector–are woven into the experience to create imaginative, educational and intergalactic experiences without leaving Planet Earth.

How it works:

Video Only – $35: Your family can enjoy an amazing experience starting tonight and for as many nights as you would like over the next 2 weeks. Follow along by using items you have at home and your imagination to get the interactive experience.

Video + Official Dreamtime Kit – $50: You get the same as above, but with this package you also get an official SLEEP SQUAD Dreamtime Kit shipped to you that includes a dream journal, a sleep mask, stickers, and a star projector. Due to shipping time, if you purchase this package now, you can expect delivery in approximately 2 weeks. Additional kits may be purchased for $15 each.

For questions, please contact or call 515-294-2479.

Tammy Koolbeck, Stephens Auditorium, (515) 294-8809,

Submitted by Stephens Auditorium

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