In the tradition of SCT’s wildly popular adaptations of Go, Dog, Go! and Goodnight Moon, Busytown uses imaginative music, fantastic movement and puppetry to bring Scarry’s iconic world to life. Huckle Cat takes audiences on a tour of his great neighborhood, where there is so much to see and do, so many wonderful friends to visit. Huckle shows us how Farmer Pig and Grocer Cat work together to bring food to the town, Construction Worker and his crew build new houses and Firechief and the gang keep them safe.
Hartzell says “Richard Scarry’s respect for children is something we value and emulate here at SCT. To honor his vision, we’ve made this a timeless and ageless work, taking these beloved icons from childhood and breathing exciting, and sometimes unexpectedly hilarious, new life into them.”
Busytown playwright Kling is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log. He grew up in Osseo, a Minneapolis suburb, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979, with a BA in theater. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s artistry. Kling is currently performing his critically acclaimed How? How? Why? Why? Why? at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Busytown features a talented ensemble of performers, all tasked with taking on myriad roles. The cast includes Khanh Doan (seen earlier this season in SCT’s production of Disney’s High School Musical), Lisa Estridge (The Neverending Story), Allen Galli (veteran of 20 SCT productions, most recently Sleeping Beauty), Auston James (Goodnight Moon in the 2006-07 season), Don Darryl Rivera (High School Musical), and Matt Wolfe (Goodnight Moon). Alyssa Keene and MJ Seiber understudy.
Music for Busytown was composed by Michael Koerner, with lyrics by Koerner and Kling. Other members of the production’s artistic staff include Costumer Designer Cathy Hunt, Lighting Designer Andrew Duff, Scenic Designer Jennifer Lupton, Sound Designer Chris Walker, Choreographer Marianne Roberts, Music Director and Pianist Mark Rabe, and Puppet Master Douglas N. Paasch.
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