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Friday, June 1, 2012

This Weekend: Dr. Seuss Live at Raymond Park

Up in the Tufts of a Truffula Tree: An Outdoor Dr. Seuss Spectacular!

Join us for this free family event to celebrate sunshine, nature, and community through some of Dr. Seuss's greatest stories, including Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches, and The Lorax! An ensemble of Northwestern University students has been working all spring to bring these stories to life through original music, movement, and storytelling. Following the show, stay for some kid friendly activities including bubbles, planting seeds, and more!

The show promotes working together and being environmentally conscious. A group of kids get together and hear about the time when the Truffula trees existed, and that the Onceler may have the last seed. When the kids get to his house and ask for the last seed, he says no. In response, the kids tell him the “Yertle the Turtle” story (as a warning about power and treating people with respect).

In response to that, the Onceler tells the kids the “Lorax” story, and tells the kids that he has the last of the seed, which is the last hope for the trees, and says that he doesn't trust that the world is ready for a second chance. This is why he has to keep the seed, because he knows the destruction that people can cause.

The kids then tell the Onceler the story of the “Sneetches,” proving to the Onceler that people CAN change. The Onceler still isn't totally convinced that the kids are the ones who are ready to have the seed. The kids then begin to argue amongst themselves.

This continues on until one kid steps up and says that by arguing like that, they are proving the Onceler's point. “If we can't even take of each other, then we can't take care of the seed.” The kids realize their mistake and band together. The Onceler sees that the kids are ready and give them the seed. Together, the kids plant the truffula seed.

Presented by Spectrum Theatre Company in collaboration with Purple Crayon Players. June 1-3, 2012 at Raymond Park (On Chicago Ave between Grove St and Lake St in Evanston). All ages are welcome. Bring your own blankets, camping chairs, picnics, etc.

Show Times:
Friday, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturday, Noon, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, 3 p.m.

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