PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Children's Theater Company of Peekskill gives every child a chance to perform.
It will be performing a musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' Yertle the Turtle along with a musical called Change Reaction on Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb 8. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m at the Ford Theater at 1031 Elm Street in Peekskill.
Yertle the Turtle features a ferocious dictator who commands the other turtles to climb back-on-back to build him a throne, higher and higher. One little turtle named Mac, the first brick at the bottom of the throne, pleads with the majesties to let the turtles free.
Change Reaction is an environmental musical written by Westchester artists Lin Snider and Bobbe Bramson. Through an encounter with a sick fish (Fred) and his friends, three children discover a group of corporate executives who are callously insensitive to the fact that their company is polluting the river. Incensed, the kids decide to do something about it. The story grapples with important contemporary issues, yet is told with a unique blend of humorous and fanciful elements.
"The main purpose of the theater company is to build character on stage," director Ridvan Foxhall said. "We don't put on an ordinary show. We look for shows that have a moral lesson and theme."
Foxhall said kids learn to work together and be part of an ensemble.
"No person stands out as the star," Foxhall said. "We really focus on the process of working together and confidence and teamwork. We build character through music, drama and dance."
Foxhall said he has enjoyed putting together the show together and he hopes the community comes out and show their support.
During the play, each child is given an inspiring quote that relates to the play and at the end, each child comes on stage and says the quote.
"It's really empowering," Foxhall said. "We promote positive change."
Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased prior to each performance at www.necspace.com. For more information about The Children's Theatre (CTC), contact Ridvan Foxhall at 914-325-1053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.