Seuss on the Loose
Springing from the page to the stage, Seussical the Musical has more star power than a beach full of Sneetches stamped by Sylvester McMonkey McBean's tattooing machine. "Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches/Had bellies with stars./The Plain-Belly Sneetches/Had none upon thars," wrote Dr. Seuss in his story about the hypercritical creatures' quest for sameness. Sparkling with the famed author's lessons about equality and tolerance, Seussical comes to ASU's Gammage Auditorium on Tuesday, June 3. Starring Tony nominee and Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby as the Cat in the Hat, Seussical reimagines the good Doctor's works and unites his most famous characters, as Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and crews of Whos join forces to bring harmony to the topsy-turvy Jungle of Nool. Appropriate for ages 4 and up, the musical explores themes of creativity, jealousy, responsibility and the importance of following one's heart. Thespians ages 6 to 18 can hop on an opening-night special: "Kids' Night on Broadway" pairs $15 tickets (with the purchase of an adult ticket) with crafty preshow activities.
Seussical goes kablam-age at Gammage, Mill and Apache in Tempe, through Sunday, June 8. Tickets, $21.75 to $59.50, are available through 480-965-3434 and www. ticketmaster.com. See www.seussical.com for more on the show. -- Jill Koch
Hit the greens for no green
"Be the ball, Danny." Now your son or daughter doesn't have to caddie at Bushwood to get free advice from a pro: 8- to 17-year-olds can enroll in free golf lessons, thanks to a year-round program sponsored by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Choose from beginning, intermediate or advanced classes at these courses: Aguila, Papago, Encanto, Palo Verde, Maryvale or Cave Creek. Classes are small, with roughly 10 students per PGA instructor, and most sessions meet twice a week for three weeks. See www.phoenix.gov/GOLF for a schedule, and then call the course to register. Clubs and balls are provided. If you need a hobby for the kids this summer, it's in the hole. -- Kim Toms
See theater times three at MCC
The original Snoop dog is bringing down the hizzouse at Mesa Community College, where the Community Music Center presents Snoopy!! -- a musical tribute to the regal beagle -- at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, and Saturday, May 31. One of three plays running in repertory through the end of May, Snoopy!! is the sequel to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, also part of the CMC lineup. The adventures of Charles Schulz's beloved blockhead take the stage at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31.
A non-Peanuts production, Songs for a New World, rounds out the schedule with a 7:30 p.m. show on Friday, May 30. The musical by Jason Robert Brown (Parade composer and lyricist) gives voice to characters in settings ranging from a 1492 sea voyage to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue.
MCC's Community Music Center is located in the Music Department Building, 1833 West Southern in Mesa. Tickets are $10, with discounts for seniors, students, alumni and faculty. Call 480-461-7575. -- Jill Koch
Kids ponder games people played
So your kids think opposable thumbs sprouted so folks could play Nintendo. Sounds like somebody could stand to gain a little historical perspective. Cultivate some at the Desert Botanical Garden, where, on Tuesday, June 3, the Sensational Summer Sampler series focuses on "Ancient Games of the Southwest." Little ones experience the good old days via hands-on demos of games played by the Sonoran Desert's native cultures; then, the kids get crafty and create take-home trinkets. The fun and games begin at 6:30 p.m. at the garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. The one-hour program is free with regular admission: $3.50 for ages 3 to 12, $7.50 for adults (advance registration not required). Call 480-941-1225 or see www.desertbotanical.org for details. -- Jill Koch
Name That 'Toon
Library screens anime classics
Glendale Public Library's Foothills Branch youth activity director Kristen Fletcher-Spear isn't giving up what movies she'll present at the library's All-Day Anime Festival on Saturday, May 31, but she does promise a selection of brand-new and prerelease features suitable for ages 12 to 19.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Japanimation festival will be complemented by a smattering of Japanese cultural education like food tasting and trivia contests. Enthusiastic fans are encouraged to wear costumes to the event, where the attendees will choose the featured movies from a collection donated by anime companies. "It's all subtitled," Fletcher-Spear says. "If I ever show dubbed videos, they all boo me." Admission is free; the Foothills Branch is located at 19055 North 57th Avenue in Glendale. For details call 623-930-3837. -- Brendan Joel Kelley
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