“I would not eat them in a box. I would not eat them with a fox.” This and many other rhymes are instantly recognized by adults and children worldwide as the words of Theodor Geisel, the incomparable Dr. Seuss. His playful lines and phantasmagoric art style brought many of us into the world of reading for the first time. “Let me read this time, Dad!” Today, many writers or painters would tell you that their careers stem in part from Dr. Suess’ works setting their imaginations on fire. And some, Portlanders included, are passing down their favorites to another generation.
Fans of Seuss can see the author’s characters come to life in the musical “Seussical,” in its final weekend at the Freeport Performing Arts Center (30 Holbrook St). The remaining shows are Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for students under 18 and $10.00 for adults. Buy them at http://www.fcponline.org/ or at Maine Wicked Goods Mercantile (304 US Rte 1 S).
The musical, featuring Jesse Reich as Horton and an energetic Tara Golson as The Cat in the Hat, examines a child’s desire to find his or her place in the world. In the story, Horton happens to pass by a clover in the grass, and he hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on the flower. The sound is coming, of course, from a tiny Who. Horton is presently caught up in the Whos’ dramas of love, loneliness and loyalty. Kids will be, as well.
Freeport Players: (207) 865-2220
The Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum wrote us on Facebook to correct our erroneous understanding of their future on the Eastern Prom (“Last Chance Railroad,” July 20). With our apologies, we present their post here:
“This story is a bit misleading on a few points. We certainly appreciate the Ice Cream Train promotions and the local support - we love our neighborhood - however we'd like to clarify a few things. We will be remaining in full operation here in Portland through the end of October and we will also be holding our Polar Express event at Christmastime in the same manner we have for the past ten years. Furthermore, we hold a lease for the right-of-way where our tracks are until at least 2024 (perhaps longer) and will continue to provide a train ride here on the Eastern Prom through that time. We do plan to move to Gray in 2018 but will continue to be a presence (albeit in a smaller capacity) on Portland's waterfront. We are still determining the logistics of that operation right now.”