Trusty Sidekick

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (TSTC) creates high quality, original theater for young people and their families while igniting children’s imaginations and encouraging them to look at the world in new ways.

TSTC puts young people at the center of the artistic experience and process: our namesake comes from empowering the audience as the hero of the story, with the artists as their “Trusty Sidekicks.”  This piece was developed in partnership preschool classes, where young people were enlisted as dramaturgs of the work. Their reactions and feedback inspired the ongoing rehearsal process. The result is an innovative production that transcends traditional theater making and challenges preconceived notions of what theater is, and what it can be.

Ages 2-5; Pre-K – K and family audiences


Have you ever wondered what happens to your shadow when you go to sleep? It turns out that some shadows are more mischievous than others. Soon after moving into his new home, Flash discovers that his shadow has moving plans of his own. Follow Flash on a quest to bring his shadow home in this playful production that utilizes stunning animation, video production and an original score to create a highly sensory, multi-media experience.  Created specifically for the developmental stages of the 2-5 year old audience, the show encourages interaction between audience and performer, working together throughout the narrative.

Shadow Play was originally developed for audiences 2-5 years old, and their families.  The show has delighted preschool and kindergarten audiences and has enchanted public audiences of all ages

Run time: 15 minute preshow craft activity; 45 minute runtime, no intermission.

Venue Size: 50-199 (proscenium)

Touring Availability: September 2018 –   Mid-February, 2019 and

Mid-May – December, 2019

Credits & Logos

Created by Trusty Sidekick Theater Company in residence at The Performance Project @ University Settlement

Shadow Play Logos

Customized workshops are available upon request.  SHADOW PLAY explores themes of friendship, difference and forgiveness.  We feel it is important, timely, and vital for our company to share these themes with audiences across the country and internationally.

Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company strives to advance the field of theater for young audiences by sharing both our finished works and devising methods.  By touring the production, we hope to build relationships with theatre artists across the country, exchanging best practices and strengthening the TYA community.