Dot & Ziggy may be neighbors, but they aren’t yet friends. After all, what could a ladybug and a skunk possibly have in common? One likes up, one likes down. One flies, one runs. But neither of them knows how to share. With the help of a wise spider, and the encouragement of the audience, they just might find their way.
“This play is for young children who learn by doing, and their adult caregivers who want to engage children in creative play. Thanks to the SCT Drama School and local families who helped us develop this script; it was a big hit in Chicago and I’m thrilled to share the finished production here in Seattle. – SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell
For Ages Newborn to 4 years
This production has past.
“The show’s magic is in its simplicity”
Emily Hefter (The Seattle Times)
Newborns through Age 4 - We recommend parents bring infants, toddlers and preschoolers to this interactive theatre experience. Infants will gain sensory benefits while older preschoolers will benefit from engaging in communal activities and exploring opposing concepts.
Curriculum Connections: Sharing, Opposites, Friendships, Animals, Creative Play, Puppetry
Running Time: 45 minutes
Cast and Design Team
The cast of Dot & Ziggy includes Molli Corcoran, Ian Lindsay and musician Rob Jones. Vickielee Wohlbach understudies.
Joining the cast is the amazing production crew led by Costume Designer Scott Grey, Set Designer Jennifer Lupton, Puppet Master Annett Mateo and Staging Director Don Darryl Rivera.
Kids are immediately drawn into this interactive theatre piece which alternately has guests sitting on the floor and moving about the theatre space as two very different animals become friends.
First our ladybug, Dot, meets Ziggy the skunk and invites the audience to join in the action as they compare differences. After examining circles and stripes on and around them, Ziggy encourages Dot to run, jump, wiggle, roll and leap to the warm, dark and dry den he calls home. Playing tug-of-war with a flower, the two explore the idea of sharing. They play a game of putting things in and out, then encourage the audience to participate by placing scarves in a box. Next it’s all about a toddler’s favorite game, the Hokey Pokey.
The audience is invited to clap as the two friends climb over many obstacles on their way to the cool, light and wet home of Dot. The friends investigate and demonstrate the concept of up and down, which naturally transitions to actors and audience members acting out the Itsy Bitsy Spider hand rhyme.
The sun emerges, Spider notices the two friends have learned to share and the audience exits under a cloud of blissful bubbles.