The Old Globe to 'Speak for the Trees' with DR. SEUSS'S THE LORAX in 2018
Just announced, The Old Globe and Children's Theatre Company, in partnership with The Old Vic, will present Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, adapted for the stage by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, directed by Max Webster.
Originally produced at The Old Vic Theatre in London, where it was directed by Webster, Dr. Seuss's The Lorax includes puppet design by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, famous for their Tony Award-winning War Horse puppetry design, and choreography by Drew McOnie.
Performances run July 3 - August 12, part of the Globe's 2018 Summer Season, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Children's Theatre Company, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will present Dr. Seuss's The Lorax as part of their 2017-2018 season, with performances April 17 - June 10, 2018.
The silky soft tufts of the Truffula trees are the perfect stuffs to knit the perfect Thneeds. But the first chop, chop of the perilous ax begins the powerful tale of The Lorax. When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhymes!
"It is wonderful that just after the recent world premiere of Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches The Musical at Children's Theatre Company, we are announcing that our other most recent work, The Lorax, will make its U.S. debut in a co-production by The Old Globe and Children's Theatre Company," stated Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. "San Diego's The Old Globe initiated its hugely popular holiday production of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in 1998-this year marks its 20th annual foray into delighting local family audiences, including sensory-friendly performances for children on the autism spectrum and their families as well as other families with special needs. Dr. Seuss Enterprises places a high value on these long-standing relationships with the Globe and CTC to bring works to the stage that respect and honor our young people's intelligence. This work is important, and we are thrilled to have great partnerships with The Old Globe, CTC, and The Old Vic in London, who share this vision."
"Having Dr. Seuss's The Lorax at The Old Globe is exciting in a slew of ways, but two stand out," said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "First, the story itself is charming, fun, and timely, and this theatrical adaptation of it is just a thrill to watch. It's a sophisticated, grown-up telling of a masterful tale for young people, a charming and winning piece of theatre that truly offers something for everyone. The second wonderful thing about The Lorax in our season is that it continues our relationship with San Diego's own Dr. Seuss. This relationship spans two decades in which the Grinch has brought his unique wit and heart to our audiences. Now The Lorax joins him as a member of the Globe family. I can't wait."
The creative team also includes Rob Howell (Scenic and Costume Design), Jon Clark (Lighting Design), Tom Gibbons (Sound Design), Phil Bateman (Musical Director, Arranger), and Finn Caldwell (Puppetry Director for Gyre & Gimble). The cast and additional creative staff for the U.S. premiere will be announced at a later time.
Tickets to The Lorax will initially be available only as part of a Season Package. Subscriptions for the 2018 Summer Season range in price from $107 to $674 (subject to change) and may be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre's artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.
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 2-18 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 our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community. www.childrenstheatre.org.
The Old Vic is London's independent not-for-profit theatre, creating world class entertainment on an international scale - through our work on stage, whether it be a comedy or new musical, a dramatic work or a show for all the family; our projects with young people; our employability programmes; our social media channels; or our late night cocktail bar.
We are almost 200 years old, and today, as we enter our third century under the leadership of Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, our 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 we look to the future, we 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 we 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 Oscars, 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 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.