Performance Riverside and Riverside Public Library are teaming up to double the fun of any child who loves reading. With Performance Riverside's production of Seussicaltm, the musical based on the well loved books of Dr. Seuss, running at Riverside City College Campus' Landis Performing Arts Center November 9th through 18th, two of the cultural mainstays of the burgeoning Riverside Arts Scene have worked together to create an innovative approach to promote literacy and the performing arts.
Based on the books of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, Seussicaltm is a montage of Seuss' most whimsical and wonderful characters, brought to the stage by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the award-winning creators of Broadway hits Ragtime, Once on this Island, and My Favorite Year. The Cat in the Hat, an outside observer, acts as the narrator who leaps into the action to create fun, as heroic Horton the Elephant endeavors to protect the people of Who-ville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. Characters and settings from seventeen Seuss masterpieces are woven into the action, including Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle; The Lorax, Horton Hatches the Egg, The Sneetches, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
As Rey O'Day, Performance Riverside's Producing Artistic Director, observes, "Young people's lives are enriched by reading and attending live theatre. Dr. Seuss has authored many favorite stories with characters such as Horton, Cat in the Hat, Gertrude Mc Fuzz, the Grinch, and countless others that lend themselves perfectly to a musical production."
Performance Riverside is a professional theatrical production company operating in the Landis Performing Arts Center under the authority of the Riverside Community College District, providing top-quality performing arts for the people of Riverside, California, and its environs. While concentrating on the American musical, Performance Riverside seeks to engage, inspire, educate, entertain, bring together, and enlighten this diverse community with the magic of live performance.
Riverside Public Library serves a fast growing community of approximately 300,000 covering 85 square miles. With a collection of approximately 600,000 books and other library materials, as well as 125 public access computers and an annual circulation of 1.2 million, RPL is a major provider of information services and cultural programs in California's Inland Empire.
"What could be more fun than Dr. Seuss characters coming to life?" says Sue Struthers, Youth Services Librarian for Riverside Public Library. "RPL is thrilled to help families share the magic of Dr. Seuss on paper and on stage."
For more information contact the Riverside Public Library at (951) 826-5369, or the Landis Performing Arts Center Box Office at (951) 222-8100.
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