by Alana J. Mauger
Theatre Works USA — Seussical
Theatreworks USA will present the musical “Seussical” as part of Montgomery County Community College’s Young Arts Explorers Series on Friday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the Science Center Theatre, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets are $5. For information and to order tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.
In Susssical, Dr. Seuss’s most-beloved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper. Adapted from the Broadway version, The Cat in the Hat serves as the host and emcee. Dr. Seuss’s classic characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure.
The Capitol Steps return to the College on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theatre, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $28 general admission. For information and to order tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.
Comprised of a troupe of former congressional staffers, the Capitol Steps travel the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. The troupe has been featured on three national PBS specials, “Good Morning America,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Nightline,” “The Today Show,” “20/20” and CNN’s “Inside Politics,” to name a few.
The Capitol Steps were formed in 1981 when three staffers for Senator Charles Percy were asked to provide entertainment for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holiday party. They dug into the headlines and hot topics of the day to create new lyrics for familiar tunes. What emerged was a special brand of satirical humor that is enthusiastically received by audiences nationwide.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Montgomery County Community College will present the Lula Washington Dance Theatre for a Young Arts Explorers performance on Friday, Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m. and for a mainstage performance on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets for the children’s show cost $5; tickets for the MainStage performance cost $28 general admission and $12 for children under age 12. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for tickets and info.
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre will bring its innovative choreography to Blue Bell as part of its nine city mid-Atlantic tour. Washington uses dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including various aspects of African-American history and culture. She won an Academy Award for her choreography in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for “Under the Sea.” She was also featured in a PBS special for her choreography for “Gospel Kwanzaa.” NASA selected her to choreograph its “Mars Millennium Project” educational video that depicts dance in the first human colony on Mars. Most recently, she was instrumental in developing some of the conceptual moves in the mega-hit movie “Avatar.”
This tour of Lula Washington Dance Theatre is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.
The Acting Company — As You Like It, Of Mice And Men
The College will host The Acting Company for a Young Arts Explorers performance of “As You Like It” on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. and for a mainstage performance of “Of Mice and Men” at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets for the children’s show cost $5; tickets for the MainStage performance cost $28 general admission and $12 for children under age 12. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for tickets and info.
Founded in 1972 by legendary producer, director and actor John Houseman, along with Margot Harley and members of the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 136 productions for over three million people in 48 states and 10 countries. The Company has given a generation of actors the opportunity to master their craft. Alumni include Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jeffrey Wright and Keith David.
This tour of The Acting Company is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Program.