The Money Tree

When Shasta's father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that previously laid plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized.  As the story progresses, Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious Traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party or having all the latest toys. In the end, our friends, family and imaginations are truly our greatest assets.



Study Guides

To assist educators who wish to best prepare their students to attend Van Wezel Schooltime Performances and bring arts based learning to their classrooms, learning materials are provided for each performance. Company provided study guides provide information and activities about the upcoming performance, and Van Wezel Art Works learning modules take engagement to the next level with detailed arts based lesson plans. To encourage young readers, download recommended reading lists from the Sarasota County Public Libraries.

Program Information

  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Audience: Grades 1 - 6
  • Producer(s): Roseneath Theatre
  • Curricula tie-ins:
    Character Development, Classic Literature, Critical Thinking, Interpersonal Relationships, Language, Literature


Ticket Information

Schooltime Performance tickets are $7 for students, teachers, and chaperones. After every 10 tickets purchased, Teachers will receive 1 complimentary ticket that may be given to a student or chaperone in need. The Van Wezel Foundation generously provides reimbursement to public schools unable to pay for transportation. Reimbursement for busing may be limited by the availability of grant funding. Requests will be honored on a first come first served basis. For more information contact (941) 955-7676 ext. 2243 or margaret.lindsey@sarasotagov.com.