By Susan Johnson
Popular children’s author Dr. Seuss will get a new incarnation as presented by Children’s Theater Project in Seussical Jr., to be performed Nov. 15-17 at New Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St., Rockford.
Public relations person Paula Broski spoke with The Rock River Times about the upcoming performance.
TRRT: How did Children’s Theater Project get started?
Paula Broski: This project was created in 2002 in Rockford by a group of devoted artists who recognized and promoted involvement and exposure to the performing arts. It focuses on ages 6-18. It is a nonprofit organization. The Children’s Theater Project and the Youth Theater are two different projects. We usually have one show a year. This play that we are doing next is a musical — Seussical Jr. That is a production for first- through sixth-graders. We have three casts; it involves about 100 kids … they practice for about 10 weeks. Each Saturday morning, they come from 9 [a.m.] to noon. They get an hour of music and an hour of dramatic arts and an hour of dancing. Every week, they are doing those three things regarding the play.
TRRT: What are some of the productions you have done?
PB: Recently, we did Flat Stanley, based on a popular kids’ book. We did The Little Mermaid. We did Pirates of Curry Bean. We do a lot of Disney ones, like Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland. We have also done Annie and The Wizard of Oz.
TRRT: Have you ever collaborated with local community groups on any projects?
PB: We actually did in the fall of 2011. We did You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown with the Discovery Center. We did some extra shows there, and they also had some interactive exhibits with us that went along with that.
Seussical Jr. will be presented Nov. 15-17. Times are Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 and 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $11 adults, $9 high school students and senior citizens. A special group price of $8 per person is offered for groups of 15 or more. For this production, a special price of $5 per person is offered to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
For more information, go to www.ctpytp.org.
From the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue