Seattle Children’s Theatre is very excited to welcome the return of Goodnight Moon, Chad Henry’s uproarious adaptation of the classic children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. The entire cast of the 2007 hit returns for this production, which will once again be directed by SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell.
“The response to this show was so overwhelmingly positive we just had to bring it back to share again. The joy of everything on the pages of this beloved book stepping out onto the stage and playing with us is something the kid in all of us should get to experience.” - SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell
Goodnight Moon is an example of what Hartzell calls the “New Vaudeville” style that SCT has successfully developed in recent years with productions like Busytown and Go, Dog, Go!: visually-rich stories brought to life with an infusion of music, singing, dance and puppetry. Here we have the charming story of a young Bunny struggling to stay awake to enjoy all the wonders that his great green room has to offer. Bunny’s imagination makes this a wondrous place while he says his goodnights - a place where toys come to life and pictures are filled with real, talking, breathing people. After the pandemonium of getting ready for bed, Bunny finally closes his eyes and drifts off to sleep.
The returning cast is made up of many SCT stalwarts, with numerous years of performance and teaching credits among them. Matt Wolfe, last seen at SCT in The Wizard of Oz and Busytown, reprises the role of Bunny; Wolfe is also an instructor in SCT’s Drama School’s Young Actor Institute (YAI). Auston James (also in Oz and Busytown), Sharva Maynard (The Wizard of Oz) and Jayne Muirhead (High School Musical) return as the host of characters, ranging from dancing bears to fiddle-playing cats, determined to keep Bunny from getting to sleep. Live piano accompaniment is provided by Music Director Mark Rabe (Oz, High School Musical, SCT Drama School Summer Season). Timothy Wilson (High School Musical) and Vickielee Wohlbach are understudies.
Hartzell and cast are joined by a strong production team, most of whom worked on the previous production, including Lighting Designer Andrew Duff, Scenic Designer Jennifer Lupton, Music Director Mark Rabe (also a YAI instructor), Choreographer Marianne Roberts, and SCT Resident Sound Designer Chris R. Walker, now joined by Costume Designer Cathy Hunt. Puppet design and direction was provided by the late Douglas N. Paasch, with puppet coaching now being undertaken by Don Darryl Rivera.