Oh, the plays you can play! Seussical debuts in Calgary

by Caralyn Macdonald · 0 comments

Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss - REALLY.  I jumped at my chance to take my family to this great performance by Alberta Theatre Projects.  Having grown up with the Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and of course my favourite Horton.  Although my daughter loves Dr. Seuss, at first I was a little concerned that at 4 years old she would be too young, but once again she proved me wrong!

The setup is perfect for families with two 40 minute acts and a 15 minute intermission to allow for bathroom breaks and a little run around time. At intermission “A” even noticed the people skating at Olympic Plaza.   That will be our next downtown adventure.

“A” could not contain her excitement when we got to our seats, but once the musical started she was glued and wide eyed.  I don’t think I have seen her sit still for so long, unless asleep.    Everyone in my family had their favourites of the show.  My husband’s was the tattooed and rebel Wickersham (monkeys), mine was still the loveable and huggable Horton and believe it or not, for “A”,  it became a tie between the Cat in the Hat and Mayzie the orange self-centered bird.  The great costume with the amazing tail feathers and sparkles gave her the edge.  The only part that she was slightly disappointed at was that there was no Thing 1 or Thing 2.  But it was soon forgotten as all the characters were spot on and very engaging.   Who knew that Dave Kelly had such a great singing voice!

The performers took full advantage of the theatre layout and were coming on stage from all directions - left aisle, right aisle, back stage.  There  was constant action and excitement that made the time fly by.

I would encourage all Calgarians, regardless of whether you have kids, to take advantage of this high intensity performance playing until December 30th.  Tickets are available online at Alberta Theatre Projects.  Oh, the thinks you can think, if only you try!

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