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July 3 – August 12, 2018
(Opening Night: Friday, July 6, 2018)
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center
Based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Adapted for the stage by David Greig
Music and lyrics by Charlie Fink
Directed by Max Webster
Puppet design by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes
Puppetry direction for Gyre & Gimble by Finn Caldwell
Choreography by Drew McOnie
Scenic and costume design by Rob Howell
Lighting design by Jon Clark
Sound design by Tom Gibbons
Musical direction and arrangements by Phil Bateman
Presented by The Old Globe and Children’s Theatre Company, in partnership with The Old Vic
Originally produced at The Old Vic in London
Direct from London’s West End comes the critically acclaimed and Olivier Award-nominated musical event of the summer. Silky soft Truffula trees provide the perfect ingredient for a nifty new garment. But when demand skyrockets, who will speak for all the trees in the Truffula forest? Enter the Lorax. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax has been enchanting adults and children alike for generations, and this summer his irresistible, big-hearted, mustachioed hero will be brought to inventive life in what critics call a “mad, uproarious delight” (The Independent). Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by the brilliant, eye-popping colors, infectious music, and beloved story that the Financial Times called “joyous and all-too-timely.”
David Greig (Adaptation) is an award-winning playwright and, since 2016, Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh. His plays have been staged in the U.K. and around the world. His recent work includes Cover My Tracks (The Old Vic, Latitude Festival, U.K. tour), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End), Lanark (Citizens Theatre, Edinburgh), The Events (Traverse Theatre, Young Vic), Midsummer (Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre, Tricycle Theatre), Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National Theatre of Scotland), and Monster in the Hall and Yellow Moon (TAG Theatre Company, Glasgow).
Charlie Fink (Music and Lyrics) was front man and songwriter for Noah and the Whale from 2007 to 2015. The band released four albums, which collectively sold over a million copies, and performed worldwide. He produced Laura Marling’s Mercury Prize-nominated album Alas, I Cannot Swim, and wrote and produced music for Charlotte Gainsbourg, Foxes, and Eliot Sumner among others. He has also directed music videos and two extended short films, and he wrote the music for and performed in Cover My Tracks (The Old Vic, Latitude Festival, U.K. tour).
Max Webster (Director) has theatre credits including Queers and Cover My Tracks (The Old Vic, Latitude Festival, U.K. tour), The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh), King Lear (Royal & Derngate, U.K. tour), Mary Stuart (Tokyo), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe, international tour), Orlando, To Kill a Mockingbird, and My Young and Foolish Heart (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Opera Highlights (Scottish Opera, tour), James and the Giant Peach and My Generation (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Skewered Snails (Southbank Centre), Anna Karenina (Arcola Theatre), The Chalk Circle (Aarohan Theatre, Nepal), and Carnival Under the Rainbow and Feast Kakulu (Hilton Arts Festival, South Africa). Mr. Webster is an Associate Director at The Old Vic.
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for multigenerational audiences. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for more than 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to producing world-class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences. CTC’s engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 students ages 2 to 18 through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs that bring students to the theatre and bring teaching artists into the classroom. The ACT One program is CTC’s comprehensive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in their audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of their community. www.childrenstheatre.org.
The Old Vic is London’s independent not-for-profit theatre, creating world-class entertainment on an international scale—through their work on stage, whether it be a comedy or a new musical, a dramatic work or a show for all the family; their projects with young people; their employability programs; their social media channels; or their late-night cocktail bar. They are almost 200 years old, and today, as they enter their third century under the leadership of Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, their goal is to be full. Full of life, full of creativity, full of people, full of opportunity, full of fun, full of hope. A collective passion, belief in the power of theatre, inclusion, and sense of adventure are the long-held values that still drive The Old Vic forward today. As they look to the future, they do so with optimism, courage, and an irrepressible spirit. And a knowledge that the commodity that will be most prized tomorrow is creative imagination. It is what they make, share, trade in, uphold; and it is why The Old Vic is as vital today as it was in 1818 when it first opened its doors.
Theodor Seuss Geisel is quite simply one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Academy Awards, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and a Peabody Award. Mr. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Mr. Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit www.Seussville.com.
The primary focus of the Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Susan Brandt heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as President.