SCT’s Could You Hug a Cactus?

Stockton Civic Theatre presents

Could You Hug A Cactus?

a new musical 

Watch our stream production here

Based on the poems by Phillip Van Wagoner

Book by Jessica Penzias

Music & Lyrics by Denver Casado

Co-Directed by James Reed & John Thiel

Co-Musical Directed by Amy Dahlstrom & Karen Rogers

Show Program


Based on a collection of whimsical poems by Phillip Van Wagoner, Could You Hug A Cactus? is a musical revue that follows a group of kids as they come together to create a show that’s bursting with poems and creativity. One by one, they each share their imaginative creations, until a nervous performer panics and refuses to contribute a poem. Can the cast help them shed self-doubt and ignite a creative spark?


Student A –  “Fine Place to Start/ Building”Allisun Grace Blum
Student B “Sometimes it Seems”Noah Toth
Student C –  “Buttons”Abby Samuelson
Student D“Words are Words”Gianna Smith
Student E –  “Rodney”Ayden Rodriguez 
Student F “Words are Words”Kennedy Chang
Student G “Clumsy Kid”Agrima Korde
Student HI“Inside”Kendal Lauren Ewing
Student JK –  “White Belt”Gavin Latta
Student LM –  “I Give My Monster Ice Cream”Stella Torres

Could You Hug A Cactus? is presented through special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press (