A heartfelt comedy about making friends and overcoming social anxiety.

Production Details

Running Time:
Grade K - 7
40 min + 10min Q&A
Spring 2020
Curriculum Connections:



Every day, Nicky wakes up with knots in her stomach and worries in her brain. While most kids can’t wait for recess so they can hit the playground, anxious Nicky would rather spend her time safely hidden away in the school’s sick room with her Big Book of Birds. In the sick room, Nicky can enjoy her routine in peace and quiet – but when Milo, a rambunctious boy with diabetes, comes barreling into her life, Nicky’s peace and quiet turns to chaos! At first, these polar opposites’ worlds collide, but as time goes on, cautious Nicky and adventurous Milo both come to discover they may have more to learn from each other than they think.

Recent Comments
December 18, 2018

Hi Green Thumb! Im Just Asking How Does The Show Go?

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Matthew. Thanks for writing! In What If, Nicky spends most of her lunch hours in her school's sick room, because she likes to be somewhere quiet, all by herself. One day, a boy named Milo shows up in the school's sick room to take his insulin, and Nicky meets someone that's completely different from her. While Nicky is quiet, shy and careful, Milo is adventurous and loud. In the play, the two get to know each other, and find out they have a lot to learn from each other.

December 17, 2018

Hi Green Thumb! I'm Just Asking, Does One Of The Actors Have A Stomachache?

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Matthew! Thanks for writing. In the play, the character Nicky has a stomachache, but the actor, Amber is just pretending. In real life her stomach doesn't hurt.

Sophia Janus
December 10, 2018

Hi green thumb. You came to my school today, Hillside Traditional Acadamy. in Mission. I would like to ask if the tape hurt when she took it off? Thanks Sophia

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Sophia - Thanks for writing! We use a special kind of medical tape so that it doesn't hurt to take off. The actor playing Milo just pretends it hurts.

December 7, 2018

thanks for performing at our school today

December 7, 2018

I liked your play at Elsie Roy. it was very funny the pengiun costume was very fat and cute the person who wrote this is a kid


Thanks Liam! We're so glad you liked the show!

November 21, 2018

loved your play you put up today

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Thanks Jalisa! Glad you enjoyed!

November 15, 2018

How much places do you go to do shows

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Chanpreet! Thanks for writing. Green Thumb goes all over the world with our shows. We do most of our touring throughout Canada, but we've also been to 36 states in the US, an 11 countries overseas. The show you saw is touring all over British Columbia and also had a couple of stops in Alberta too.

November 14, 2018

Is myloa in the play really diabetic type 1 when he's not acting

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Collin! When he's not acting, Teo, who plays Milo does not really have Type 1 diabetes. There are many actors who do though!

November 14, 2018

Hi! I watched this at my school and it was AWESOME. I really liked the characters and the story's meaning. I think you should keep on doing this show. I love you and Bye! :)

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Emily. Thank you so much for writing! We're so glad you enjoyed the show.

November 13, 2018

When you guys were little did you get nervous like Nicki in the play? sometimes I get nervouse too.

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Madilynn! Thanks for writing. Yes, many of us at Green Thumb got nervous when we were little, and some of us still do! Getting nervous is something that happens to a lot of people, no matter how old they are. At Green Thumb we find it really helps to talk to people we trust when we're feeling nervous, so we can work through some of the "what ifs" that might be running through our minds that day.

November 13, 2018

Did your Grandma really see that special bird and did your stomach really hurt or were you just faking it? Why did the pen cross the road? Because he needed to draw a picture (hahhahaha)

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Dane - Thanks for writing! WHAT IF is a fictional story, so Milo's Grandma is an imaginary character, not a real person. In the story though, she really does see the special bird, the Orange Crowned Warbler. In the story, Nicky's stomach hurts because she's so worked up worrying about all of her 'what ifs', so she's not faking it, but it's not happening because she is physically sick. And thank you for your funny joke! Why did the whale cross the ocean? To get to the other tide!

Iliya Wong
October 27, 2018

Why did you name the play What If?

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

Hi Iliya! Our playwright, Katey Hoffman, named the show WHAT IF because in the play Nicky talks about all the 'what ifs' that float around in her brain when she's feeling anxious.

Iliya Wong
October 24, 2018


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We’re so glad you enjoyed WHAT IF. We felt really happy making the show! We had a lot of fun in rehearsals, and it’s very fun for our actors to come and do the show for kids like you all over British Columbia.

October 18, 2018

Hey Green Thumb! I watched this show on Monday at Van Horne Elementary as a grade seven and let me say I loved it! I was always interested in theatre but when I saw your performance I was mind blown. I would love to work in the showbiz one day! Do you have any idea or suggestion I can do right now to help me succeed my dream in the future? By the way, I was one of those girls who helped with carrying the stuff from the van to the gym!

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

We’re so glad you enjoyed WHAT IF. Our company really enjoyed performing for your school. If you’re interested in becoming involved with acting, I suggest you talk to your parents about whether there are any drama classes you can get involved in in your community, whether that’s through your school, community centre, or a local arts centre. It’s a great way to get involved and start getting some experience performing.

October 10, 2018

hey i just watched a show today in captain cook elementary school and i just want to know the names (or instagram) of the young amazing actors who played nicky and milo. i loved milo's little puppet too.

Reply: Green Thumb Theatre

The two actors you saw are named Teo Saefkow and Amber Landry. I’m not sure if they’re on Instagram, but you can definitely follow Green Thumb on Instagram at @greenthumbtheatre – we hope you do!

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