The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents an hour-long version of Seussical, a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss July 9, 11, 12 and 13 at 2:00 pm. All tickets for Magic Owl shows are only $6.00 and partially sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Each year, these subsidized Magic Owl shows introduce thousands of young people to the joy and magic of live theatre.
Seussical tells the stories of Horton, the elephant, who finds an entire planet of Whos on a small speck of dust, Gertrude McFuzz who longs for Horton and a bigger tail, Mayzie La Bird who convinces Horton to sit on her egg and The Cat in The Hat, who plays tricks as these stories intertwine into one adventure for the characters and the audience. The show also includes references to such Dr. Seuss classics as How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Butter Battle Book, McElligot’s Pool, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, The Sneetches and The Lorax.
In April, with the help of the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District, TLP gave away 1000 small trees at the Sauk Valley Children’s Fair as part of the company Do Something Spectacular campaign. Kids who planted the trees, like the main character in The Lorax, and sent in pictures received free tickets to the show. The Do Something Spectacular Campaign is designed to use the stories happening on stage at TLP to inspire creativity and community involvement in the region.
The cast of Seussical includes members of TLP’s professional resident company from all over the country. Will Boze of Sterling, Illinois also stars as Jojo, the young thinker who thinks up the entire adventure.
Seussical has additional performances August 6, 8, 9 and 10 at 11:00 a.m. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $6.00 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. The show is appropriate for all ages. Early reservations are suggested, as many Magic Owl shows sell out.