Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham!

Last night, Leni and I took in our first show at the Los Alamos Little Theater.  As its name may suggest, this is a community theater that seems to put on a new show every other month or so (on average).  I'd been seeing advertisements for shows ever since we moved here (now 9 months ago!).  Several members of our church are active in the theater and my interest had been piqued just enough that I wanted to see what it was all about.  It's a pretty sweet little deal: $12 a head to see a good show put on by community members.  And when you know they actors personally, it only adds to the experience!

On stage this weekend was Seussical the Musical.  I'd heard about this play a couple years back and had always heard good things.  It had a stint on Broadway about 10 years ago but is doing much better now with touring productions and in regional and community theaters like the Los Alamos Little Theater.

The show was quite entertaining.  We did learn that if you want a decent seat, you need to show up more than 10 minutes ahead of time.  Lesson learned.  As you might imagine, the show is a conglomeration of several of Dr. Seuss' books although the main plot is mostly a combination of Horton Hears a Who and Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.  Narrating the story and playing different roles throughout the show, of course, is the Cat in the Hat.  Although I wasn't completely familiar with all of his works, other great Seuss stories cleverly infused into the plot include:

  • Horton Hatches the Egg
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Hunches in Bunches
  • McElligot's Pool
  • If I Ran the Circus
  • The Lorax
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Oh, The Places You'll Go
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
  • The Sneeches and Other Stories
  • Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!
  • The Butter Battle Book
The actors were great and the songs catchy.  I found the set and costumes to be very creative, especially given the fact that the budget was, no doubt, a fraction of what the Broadway production had to work with.  I'd like to think that Theodor Geisel himself, otherwise known to most as author, Dr. Seuss, would have enjoyed the show and been proud of all done by those who worked to create it after his death in 1991.

Congratulations, Los Alamos Little Theater!  See you at your next show!

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