SM&NC & Stage Partners debut outdoor immersive theatre experience for children

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Stamford, CT – The Stamford Museum & Nature Center invites children and their caregivers to experience “Off the Trail for Squeak and Squawk – An Immersive Outdoor Theatre Adventure,” at one of 18 sessions this September.

Produced by Stage Partners of Stamford, Off the Trail for Squeak and Squawk is a unique outdoor immersive theatre experience for children, grades K-5, to discover nature through the lens of a play. The audience of young adventurers (and their caregivers) move through the outdoor forest trail environment to a series of locations, interacting with mythical and imaginative creatures along the way. They must quickly learn about the natural world to find clues and solve the mysterious whereabouts of Squeak and Squawk – two mice children.

Generous funding for this program has been granted by the Stamford Arts Council and the Francis R. Dewing Foundation.

Ticket Information
Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting
SM&NC Members: $10
Non-Members: $15

Performance Information
Six September dates with three sessions daily
September 10 & 11 @ 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm
September 17 & 18 @ 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm
September 24 @ 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm
September 27 @ 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm
Each performance runs approximately 45 minutes.

Performers, costumes, music—all theatrical elements—are creatively inspired by and rooted in the natural world to enhance each audience member’s understanding and connection. The cast includes Leyla DeMolina from Brooklyn, NY, Stephen Kaplin from Hartford, CT, Betzabeth Castro from Bridgeport, CT, Emma Duffy from New Milford, CT, and Maggie Tumiotto-Jackson from L.I.C, NY. Costume Design by Sophie Howard from Darien, CT. The Production Manager is Katherine Braun from Astoria, NY. Music is composed by Ben McCormack from Bridgeport, CT.

About the Creators
Off the Trail for Squeak and Squawk was conceived by theatre artists and Stamford residents, Jason and Maria Pizzarello who are delighted to be partnering with the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. The Nature Center was a refuge for the co-creators young family during the pandemic lockdown in 2020. From March 2020 until September 2020, Jason Pizzarello was serving with the New York Army National Guard. On his leave, to spend time with their young daughters, Jason and his wife Maria would walk the trails of the Nature Center. It was there that they fully began to understand how important being out on the trail was for their growing children. On their walks, stories would be invented and told to enhance their experience and Off the Trail for Squeak and Squawk was born.

Getting there
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road in Stamford, CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.977.6521 or visit

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