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A new partnership between Union and Proctors gives students a chance to gain experience on the professional stage while providing the venerable historic theater with a pool of local actors.

“It’s a new link between us,” says Andrew Mannion, lecturer in scenic design. “Proctors is putting on a professional children’s theater piece and co-producing it with Union talent.”

The Proctors enterprise is called the PB&J Café, and the inaugural show is “Stuart Little,” the classic children’s tale by E.B. White about a mild-mannered mouse born into an ordinary New York family and trying to survive in a human world.

The show was recently featured in the Times Union.