Are You Ready For “Sideways Stories of Wayside School?”

30 stories, 30 students, 30 floors…What could possibly go wrong?

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Sideways Stories of Wayisde School’ is based on the 3-book series by Louis Sachar. The Children’s Theatre presents one of these books, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, adapted by John Olive. What makes this school worth telling about? Wayside School was supposed to be 30 classrooms, built one next to the other, but instead the classrooms were built one on top of the other.

What else? The characters range from crazy Mrs. Gorf, who turns her students into apples if they answer incorrectly, to Miss Zarves, who is a teacher on the 19th floor (but there’s not a 19th floor, so technically, there is no Miss Zarves!) Anything is possible in Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

And that’s just the teachers of Wayside School. Let’s not forget the students! Some are mischievous; others are struggling with school – it is a place of learning after all. As for the rest, we are not even really sure if they are students. This school is the definition of fun, borderless, and comically odd.

The Reviewers Say:

“… manages to be strange and base and fun all while putting forth an undercurrent of intellectual confidence.”
-City Pages

“The charming and endlessly engaging play is … smart entertainment for the whole family.”
– South Philly Review

“Sideways Stories from Wayside School is not only for kids, but for all who remember school as an exciting, and occasionally frightening, adventure.”
-City Paper


Meet the Author: Louis Sachar

louis_sacharDuring Sachar’s college and law school years, he worked at an elementary school where he was the Noon-Time Supervisor to watch over the students and during break time was nicknamed “Louis the Yard Teacher.”

“Louis” became a character in his Wayside School book and is a character in the play. Sachar’s experience as “Louis the Yard Teacher” inspired him to write the Wayside School book series, which include Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Wayside School is Falling Down, and Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger.

Meet the Playwright: John Olive

john oliveJohn Olive is a widely produced and award winning playwright, and is a founding member of the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, where he is a resident. He has written many plays for young audiences: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Johnny Tremain, Jason and the Golden Fleece, The Magic Bicycle, among others. These children plays have been produced at various theaters in the United States, including Seattle Children’s Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Stage One Louisville, Oregon Children’s, the Arden Theatre, Peoples Light and Theatre Co., Dallas Children’s Theatre, Main Street Theatre, and many more.

In a Nutshell

Wayside School is filled with surprise and wonder that stimulates the audience to stretch their imaginations to keep up with the weird happenings at Wayside School.



Performing at the Duluth Playhouse

When: October 17 – 26
Thursday – Friday @ 7:00pm | Saturday @ 1:00pm & 4:00pm | Sunday @ 2:00pm

Call 218.755.7333, go online, or stop in our office in the Duluth Depot (506 W. Michigan Street)


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