The Lorax, a classic Dr. Seuss story, introduces our responsibility to the environment. In its usual exciting Children’s Theatre Co. fashion, we are transported into the colorful world of Truffula Trees, Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swomee Swans, and Humming Fish. Giant puppets, a dazzling set, eye-popping costumes and props, lively music, and Seusstastical rhyme all convey the message of The Lorax.
FFTC was gifted a pair of tickets by CTC
to review the show. All opinions are my own
This musical is based on Dr. Seuss’s story and expounds on the story of the Onceler. It fills in the details that picture book glosses over.
Surrounded by a family that digs Miff Muffer Moof for a living, they frown on his creativity and ingenuity. “Just keep digging.” But his heart isn’t in it, and his family sends him packing.
The Onceler hits the road in search of his fortune and comes upon a Paradise where the Truffula Trees grow. Everything lives in perfect harmony. That’s just the beginning of the story.
The Lorax and the Onceler start off as friends and work together. But they end up facing off in a war, a battle for their ideals.
Five Things to Know about The Lorax
- CTC entertained its audience before the show began. Strolling minstrels, a fiddler, a guitarist, and a percussionist, shared their instruments. The spotlight operator played with the kids encouraging them to act like cats as they tried to catch the light spot swirling throughout the audience. Also, they played with lights and sound, making our experience completely sensational.
And the play hadn’t even yet begun.
- The puppets were amazing. Swomee Swan puppets were on poles so they could fly across the stage and across the audience. The Humming Fish puppet were carried around in buckets and pails or they swam in the lakes and streams of ribbon. But most amazing was the Lorax. It took three puppeteers to operate him: one for his feet, one for his head,voice, and left arm, and one for his right arm. Whenever we saw the Lorax, he was surrounded by the puppeteers, but instead of distracting, they blended right in. After I got use to it, I stopped looking at the puppeteers, and watched the puppet himself. I was amazed at how the puppeteers who did not speak kept a completely blank face. And H. Adam Harris–the voice of the Lorax–was fantastically animated. When you looked between him and the puppet, you got the whole picture.
- The song right before the intermission is loud. My eight-year-old date (Omri) mentioned more than once. And I had been thinking oh, I don’t like this song. But it’s probably just me. But nope. Since he mentioned it, I thought I would let you know as well.
- Favorite Characters
Omri loved the Lorax. He loved when the Lorax sniffed. And he sniffed a lot. The puppeteers really were magical. They made him come to life in his foot movements, in his hand motions, and with his head.
My favorite character was Small Ed (who was “not small at all.”) In the middle of the family of green Oncelers, he wore blue. He didn’t really have a place to call his own either, but he kept working.
- My favorite scene was when the Onceler and the factory inspectors along with the TV reporter all jump in the lake to experience the changes. It was fascinating to watch them act like they were moving underwater. My least favorite scene was when the Onceler family comes in, takes all his money and runs off leaving him alone again.
Age Recommendation: Age 8+, but there was a five year old there who loved it.
About The Lorax
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 rhyme.
We are thrilled to bring our audiences the U.S. premiere of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, a powerful, witty and important story for all generations. We are excited to welcome the London production’s creative team to Minneapolis, and delighted that after our production the fabulous cast of Minnesota actors will all travel to The Old Globe in San Diego. Our partnership with The Old Globe and The Old Vic further advances our mission of reaching multigenerational audiences both in our state and across this country with extraordinary theatrical productions.
Children’s Theatre Company Artistic Director, Peter C. Brosius
The Lorax runs from April 15-June 10 on the United Health Stage at Children’s Theatre Company.
The Ticket Office is accessible by phone Tuesdays-Friday, 11AM-5PM. These posted hours are subject to change.
Lap passes available for children newborn to three years for $5.
ASL/AD Performance: May 18 at 7pm
ASL Only Performance: May 20 at 5pm
Sensory Friendly Performance: June 8 at 7pm
Approximately 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission