The Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) Producers’ Guild hosted the first annual Family Gala on July 12, 2014. Seussapalooza, the Dr. Seuss themed event, treated families to a performance of CST’s summer musical production, Seussical, followed by lunch and a whole lot of fun for everyone! Proceeds from the afternoon will go to fully funding a designated park on this summer’s Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour.
Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, now in its third season, will travel to 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago this summer. William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the featured production this year and will bring one of the bard’s most beloved tales to life, for free, to audiences all over the city—North Side, South Side, and West Side.
Guests of all ages entered into the Courtyard Theater for the 11 a.m. performance of Seussical. Based on the stories created by children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) and narrated by his best-known character, The Cat in the Hat, Seussical seamlessly intertwines the characters, stories and themes from fourteen cherished Dr. Seuss classics, including Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, Horton Hears a Who!, and The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz.
Seussical brings to life stories that today’s youth are just getting to know and brings nostalgia to adults who grew up with Dr. Seuss tales years ago. Families watched together in delight as character favorites like The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Daisy-Head Mayzie, and Gertrude McFuzz graced the stage. Wonderfully casted characters, harmonic tunes, dancing, and vivid colors –from the set to the costumes—made for an exciting show to watch (and hum along to). Seussical effortlessly proves that Dr. Seuss’ themes and life lessons are timeless and continue to resonate for anyone at any age.
The amusements continued after the show with a Seussapalooza party. An imaginative buffet lunch was served, which included green eggs and ham (avocado topped hard-boiled eggs with ham) and macaroni and cheese made with colorful, fun-shaped pasta. Families also sipped on specialty drinks, fused with cotton candy and soda. Afterwards, guests could savor sweetness at the ice cream sundae bar or munch on freshly popped popcorn—or both!
Hands on activities were also a part of the party. Face painting, crafts, and an amusing juggler were just the start. Stage combat demonstrations, a costume museum, and a photo booth were also a part of the entertainment.
Additionally, there was a silent auction to aid in the day’s fundraising, where adult guests could bid on family-friendly experiences. Tickets to CST productions, backstage access to shows, admission and tours of museums, and more were items up for grabs.
Seussical runs through August 17, 2014 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater located at Navy Pier.
Shakespeare in the Parks runs July 18, 2014 through August 17, 2014. Check here for the complete schedule.
To learn more visit www.chicagoshakes.com.