Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories
(As Told By Our Dad)
(Who Messed Them Up)
by Ed Monk
Director: Sarah Gantzer
Show dates:
September 6, 7, 13, 14, 2019 – 7pm
September 8, 15, 2019 – 2:30pm

Call 740-455-6487 for reservations or order online.

Directions: 940 Findley Ave. Zanesville, Ohio 43701

The ticket office opens one hour before curtain. House opens one-half hour before curtain.
Parking is available on the street, please be considerate of our neighbors!
All Major Credit Cards accepted online and at the Door. Cash and Checks accepted at the Door.

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Cast and Scene List:
Cast List

Fairy Godmother: Aleah Rush
Katie: Alonna Hendershott
Wally: Grayson Gantzer
Ashley: Adrian Valentine
Dad: Jared Gantzer

The Princess and the Pea
Prime Minister: Scott Robison
Queen: Michelle Robison
Prince: Brayden Grubb
Princess: Laila Tongson
Princess: Kate Sharrer
Mindy: Jadyn Hendershott

The Girl who Cried Dinosaur
Bo Peep: Cady Hendershott
Sheep: Mady Melshiemer, Porter Rouan, Jaiden Kendall, Jordan Kendall, Emma Wilson
Horace: Sophie Carder
Mayor: Emily Clark
Mom: Ashley Scott
Father: Brayden Grubb
Captain: Naomi Scott


Prince: Hope Scott
Orphans: Jaiden and Jordan Kendall
Poor Old Woman: Teresa Tongson
Daughter: Giada Tongson
Rumplestiltskin: Alaina Roberts

A note from the Director:

I’ll be very honest with you friends. As soon as I read this sweet script, I knew I had to direct this show. Parents can certainly relate to the challenge that is bedtime. Each night, we do baths, and stories, and glasses of water, and stuffed animals, and the lovely little ones in our life always seem to need “just one more”. It seems that kids can be busy playing all day, living their own adventures, and when bedtime comes around, they decide it’s the perfect time to discuss the meaning of life, or why fish don’t have knees, or why penguins don’t fly. Or, if we’re particularly unlucky,  they decide that there must certainly be a monster under the very bed that they were hiding under when you asked them to clean their room this afternoon. There is some sort of magic that happens at bedtime. Even the quietest child wants to hear your life story. What tired parents, (myself included) sometimes forget, is that, for many kids, bedtime means a goodbye. Children want to stay connected. They want “one more” hug or kiss, because they want to hold on to what is safe and comfortable: their caregivers. 

This show is, quite honestly, a love letter to my husband, and the most amazing father I know. Not only does he play catch with our son, or drive our daughters to band practice, or dance class,  or Robotics, he parents our children with a loving heart, no matter how frustrating life can get. When, last fall, I told him that we needed to take in a former student and her sister, he barely blinked. He knew that my heart needed to do this, and he just went with it. And, while the last 10 months of our lives has been challenging, he loves and supports all 5 of our children, and their flibbertijibbet mom, with an unwavering dedication. He is the best dad I know. He may not understand why I do the things I do, but he loves me, and my unruly heart, and the way I am determined to love children with a full and enthusiastic determination. He knows that I must love them fully, and give all of them magic in a complicated world. 

So, I guess you could say that this is a celebration of parenting. It is hard. It is mind boggling. It is ridiculous, and frustrating, and crazy, and beautiful. And, it flashes by in the blink of an eye. While I know that I will still have nights where I CAN’T WAIT for bedtime, I will also be grateful that I get those moments with my children, where I know that their biggest desire in the whole world is one more story. I will smile, tell the story with a grateful heart, and know that one day those moments will be but a memory. Thank you for spending your time with us today. Enjoy the show!

Sarah Gantzer

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