Theater Camps Music Jam Camps Youth Musicals
held at NBAHS Edelstein Auditorium,
North Branch, Minnesota USA
Note: Youth Musicals, Theater Camps and Music Jam Camps are not being held at NBAHS Edelstein Auditorium - Summer
or Fall 2018 due to remodeling/upgrades.
a NSTC Musical Theater Camp at your
school or in your Community The
Seeds Will Sprout & Grow – Theater Day Camp (Based upon the Musical – Between The Northern Pines) Directed by Pierre Jacques Pleau For ages 7-15
Contact NSTC for current prices and availability
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With high hopes for a successful growing season, the pioneer youth plant their first crop of taters. The
day after planting however they find their fields speckled with dirt mounds. Annabelle and her younger sister Ariana,
carefully start digging in their field to see if the seed potatoes are undisturbed, but not a single tater can be found.
Tory & Tomasz, don detective hats and set out to solve the mystery of the missing taters and with the help of
the woodland fairies there’s a chance that the case might be solved.
“Will the seed potatoes be found and the pioneers
be able to replant their crop and achieve their dream of an abundant harvest? Discover the answer – Between
The Northern Pines…”
NSTC Youth MusicalsHost a NSTC Youth Musical at your school or in your Community Auditions • Rehearsals • Performances Homesteading the Land - Between The Northern Pines
Features: 13 original songs by Pierre Jacques Pleau 22 roles for ages 9-15 10-40 lines per role as well
as solo, duet &/or group songs Performance: 1 hour 30 minutes Contact NSTC for current prices and availability
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Pierre Jacques Pleau North Star Theater Company – Artistic Director
Singer/songwriter & musician - fiddle/violin, mandolin, ukulele & guitar
and teaching artist, avid gardener and
Minnesota Master Naturalist
A native of Minnesota, a long time resident of Chisago County, with French Canadian, Irish & Swedish Roots
Pleau, began his musical journey at an early age… Live Performance
Q&A with Pierre Jacques Pleau
Q: What inspired you to write and produce
The Pioneer Spirit Trilogy youth musicals?
A: The seeds for these musicals were planted at an early age… One
day, when I was 4 years old, my parents told me that they were thinking about moving from St. Paul to the country and
that we were going to go look at an old homestead that was for sale in North Branch. The year was 1981 and NB was
still a small country town. We arrived at a very long driveway that looked like a wagon trail I’d seen in a
movie – 2 ruts for the wheels and tall grass and wildflowers running down the center. It was a bumpy ride
even though my Dad was driving slowly. My parents got out of the car and I gingerly followed them. The
grass in the yard was taller than me and I had to spread it with my hands in order to make it through. In the distance
to the right was a very old 2 story red barn and in front of me was a white farmhouse. The owner had told my parents
to just feel free to have a look around, as the house had only partially been renovated and no one was living there.
They also said that the door would be locked but that we could go in through the basement window. I watched nervously
as my Mom opened the cobweb-covered window and disappeared through. With wide eyes I followed close behind.
Once inside, I looked around in awe - dim light coming through the dusty windows glowed on the interior, which had been
gutted down to the notched oak beams. My parents fell in love with it right then and there and that summer our pioneer
adventures began. We started renovating the house, explored the woods and prairie, got ‘lost’ in nature,
dug a large garden plot, planted vegetables of every kind, pumped water by hand from the well to water them and cooked our
food over a campfire…
Q: Are the musicals autobiographical?
A: The youth musicals are
historical fiction based upon the Midwest pioneer experience, however I don’t think that I could’ve written
them without having had the first hand experience of growing up on an 1880’s homestead.
Q: When and where did your 1st musical
have its debut?
In 2008 for Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial, Traveling Down the Wagon Trail – Beneath the Big Blue Sky, was performed
by a cast of 18 youth at three of the State Park amphitheaters along the St. Croix River.
Q: You went on to write and
direct 2 more youth musicals set in the mid 1800’s and then followed these 3 musicals with 2 set in the early 1900’s.
How does your last musical, Land, Air & Water tie into these?
A: Land, Air & Water, in a sense, is a culmination
of the 5 previous musicals. The youth musical series weaves three centuries together through traditions and values
that are carried on by descendants. The final musical, Land, Air & Water is set in the present times and is
focused on our environment.
From 2008-2011 you wrote these 6 youth musicals including the music and lyrics. How many songs in all and where were
they originally performed?
The musicals were performed at NBAHS Edelstein Auditorium in North Branch... The 6 musicals include 69 songs and
18 instrumental pieces, many of which I also now sing &/or play in my music & storytelling performances.
is located off of 35E in North Branch, Minnesota
just 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities between the following communities…
the North: Harris, Rush City, Pine City & Hinckley
To the South: Stacy, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer,
Wyoming, Linwood, Forest Lake,
Hugo, Lino Lakes & White Bear Lake
To the East:
Sunrise, Almelund & Taylors Falls To the West: Cambridge, Isanti & Princeton