In 1996, Maureen Miko wanted to start a small neighborhood-oriented theatre. She found a defunct pet-grooming shop standing empty on Stone Way, walked in and saw possibilities. The street name reminded her of a favorite story about hungry, tired soldiers limping into an impoverished village where the villagers are none-too-interested in sharing their meager stores of food. One enterprising soldier fills a pot with water and tosses in a stone, saying how delicious the soup would be if someone had an onion. An onion is produced, then a carrot… Eventually, each villager brings something to the broth and soon villagers and soldiers alike sit down to a wonderful meal made all the better because everyone contributed to its creation.
Bringing together the street name and this old fable, Stone Soup Theatre was born. Here at Stone Soup, it is our philosophy that everyone – actor and audience – brings an essential ingredient to the creation of theatre and the sum is always greater than its parts. We are proud to be entering our 25th year and wish to extend our profound thanks to the devoted students, friends, and patrons who have supported us.
Stone Soup’s Theatre educational programs focus on giving each young actor the tools they need to succeed on stage. All our student productions are actor-centered, our students are the true stars of our shows! We take focus away from the technical aspects of theatre and put it back in our young actors’ imaginations. We use suggestive costuming, sets and props to allow the students’ bodies, focus, reactions and facial expressions be what shows our audience the world and environment of the play.