Musical brings kids classics to the stage |

Musical brings kids classics to the stage

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado
Theatreworks USA - Seussical

BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO The timeless tales and beloved characters of Dr. Seuss books will come to life onstage in Beaver Creek Wednesday as the Vilar Performing Arts Center presents Seussical: The Musical. Adapted from the Broadway show of the same name, this production is suitable for children of all ages. And with tickets priced at only $14 for children and $18 for adults, its certainly a show not to be missed.

The Cat in the Hat leads Dr. Seuss characters from the page to the stage. The themes presented throughout the show (kindness, acceptance, self-esteem, the value of imagination, human rights and faithfulness) are simple enough to be understood by children, yet universal enough to touch the hearts of every adult. There is a profound importance to lyrics such as a persons a person no matter how small and the plight of the planet of Who has an eerie timeliness: Here on Who we live in fear/Were drifting through space and cannot steer/A troubled and tiny land/Our futures in your hand.Adapted from the runaway Broadway hit, Seussical was written by Broadway veterans Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. After playing on Broadway in 2000-2001, Ahrens and Flaherty condensed their musical into a one-act version appropriate for young audiences. Theatreworks USAs production of Seussical has toured nationally since September 2006.Since 1961, Theatreworks has enlightened, entertained and instructed young audiences through creative and diverse programming. The company is also one of the most honored theatres of its kind, as the only children’s theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, Theatreworks has been awarded a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, and a Medal of Honor by The Actors Fund of America. Tickets are $14 for children and $18 for adults, and are available by calling the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS or by visiting The Vilar Performing Arts Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.

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