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PREVIEW: Those Darn Sneetches – A Look at CTC’s Dr. Seuss Adaptation

Standleen (Natalie Tran) meets a crustacean in CTC’s production of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches: A Musical. Photo by Dan Norman.

Way back in 1953, Dr. Seuss wrote a collection called The Sneetches and Other Stories. Fifty-four years later, a poll by the National Education Association ranked it as #1 on their Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children list. Sixty-four years after its publication, the Children’s Theatre Company has turned the beloved story for which the collection is named into a musical with a book and lyrics by Philip Dawkins and a score by David Mallamud. Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches: A Musical also features eye-catching costumes by Alex Jaeger and scenic designs by William Boles that evoke the original illustrations.

Here’s a sneak peek at what the show opening Friday looks like (all photos by Dan Norman):

The Star Belly Cast.
Plain belly turned star belly cast.
Maia Hernandez as a Star Belly.
Bradley Greenwald as Sylvester McMonkey McBean.
Reed Sigmund as Diggitch.
The Plain Belly Ensemble heads off to work.
Reed Sigmund as Diggitch and Natalie Tran as Standlee.
Natalie Tran as Standlee.
The Plain Belly Ensemble.
The Plain Belly Ensemble at the factory.
The Star Bellies and Plain Bellies meet.
Reed Sigmund and Natalie Tran share a moment in the spotlight.

Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches: The Musical opens Friday, Feb. 10 at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN, and plays through Mar. 26.

Twin Cities Arts Reader