On January 26, 2013 Emerald City opens two hot new titles at their Lincoln Park home, The Apollo Theater. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (a Chicago premiere) and The Frog Prince, Continued (a world premiere) open on the same day and will run in repertory with each other during the winter and spring of 2013.
After a critically acclaimed premiere at The National Theatre in London, Katie Mitchell’s stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat is crossing the pond for its Chicago premiere at Emerald City Theatre. The Cat, Fish, and Things One and Two all come to life on stage in this script that the Evening Standard calls “faithful to the chaotic exuberance of the original, yet also winningly fresh.”
Running concurrently is the world premiere of the musical adaption of The Frog Prince, Continued with music and lyrics by the acclaimed Ryan Scott Oliver. Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2008 Richard Rodgers Award Winner and a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient. In addition to this commission from Emerald City, Oliver is currently writing the score for Disney Theatricals’ Freaky Friday. This adaptation of the favorite John Sciezka (The Stinky Cheese Man, True Story of the Three Little Pigs) brings Ryan Scott Oliver to a Chicago theatre for development of a new script for the first time.
About Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day--but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this adaptation from the National Theatre in London. As the day moves from dull to daring with the help of The Cat in the Hat, Sally and her brother share a story about Learning Responsibility. The story’s theme is the main educational focus for each Emerald City Theatre show. Each production seeks to access a life skill that is relevant to early learners and their grownups. A preshow activity in the lobby and the unique Grown-up Guide in every production’s Playbill let families connect with the show and the story’s Theme throughout their experience. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat will explore what it means to be responsible when others are making poor decisions.
About The Frog Prince, Continued
When "happily ever after" isn’t what he expected, The Frog Prince heads out for a new adventure. While searching for his true amphibian self, he meets witches from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. This musical tour through the enchanted forest is an Emerald City world premiere. While adventuring through the fairy tale kingdom, the royal family will share a story about Building Self-Esteem. The story’s theme is the main educational focus for each Emerald City Theatre show. Each production seeks to access a life skill that is relevant to early learners and their grownups. A preshow activity in the lobby and the unique Grown-up Guide in every production’s Playbill let families connect with the show and the story’s Theme throughout their experience. The Frog Prince, Continued will explore what it is like to find out what it truly means to “be yourself” and be unafraid of who you are meant to be.
The Frog Prince, Continued! runs January 26-June 2, 2013
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat runs January 26-May 19, 2013
Tickets: Starting at $13 for kids and $16 for adults
Location: Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.
Schedule: Performance times vary. Please visit EmeraldCityTheatre.com
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