Yesterday we headed into to Old Town Salinas and watched Ariel Theatrical’s production of Seussical. Here’s what the website writes about the show:
Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that lovingly brings to life our favorite Dr. Seuss characters – including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and Jojo – a little boy with a big imagination! The show’s spirit of imagination and colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos. The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge–not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you tap your toes, snap your fingers and lets your imagination run wild!
We especially liked the costumes and set. Horton does sit on that egg and does so up in a nest approximately 6 feet up in the air [just like a real elephant bird!]. The songs were catchy and the themes of acceptance and being different = being okay were well received. The show closes next week so get your tickets ASAP. An added benefit: calling their box office [no place online to get tix] the day of the show gives you a real, live person. How cool is that?!
In addition, we love the mission of Ariel Theatrical: ARIEL seeks to use the art and discipline of theatre to inspire young people to understand that personal integrity, respect for others and an acceptance of responsibility for choices made are the keys to building a principled and productive life.
Parable of the Pencil Maker
The curtain speech preceding the show discussed the parable of the pencil maker:The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. “There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”
- One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.
- Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.
- Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
- Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.
- Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.
- The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
As we get our show, The Love of Three Oranges, ready for an audience this week, I am mindful of the pencil maker’s lessons. How about you? Which of these lessons do you need to remember?