I’ve had a hankering lately to get into the fancy world of children’s literary adaptations. Who can resist the siren call of the theater? Not I! With that in mind, I’m beginning a new spot on this blog: Theater Watch. Or should it be "Theatre" Watch? Hm. I’ll have to check this with my acting friends on this one.
Whatever the case, this week we take an up close and personal look at the Chicago Lifeline Theater and their current production of everyone’s favorite crocodile, Lyle. Observe these natty pics:
Is that a gold belt? Could I be any happier if it was?
Oh. No, I see. It’s just his shiny gold tummy. Still, check out that soft felt hat. Rowr!
Awww. So cute.
And here’s the press release:
Lifeline Theatre KidSeries presents the world premiere musical adaptation of “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” by Bernard Waber, adapted by ensemble member Christina Calvit, music and lyrics by George Howe , and directed by ensemble member Shole Milos. The Primm family is busily moving into their new house on East 88 th Street , when suddenly they hear SWISH, SWASH, SPLASH, SWOOSH. A search reveals a crocodile in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he only eats Turkish caviar, and he quickly becomes a treasured member of the family. This story has been read by loyal fans since 1962, and is now a new musical by the composer of Lifeline’s “Click, Clack, Moo” and the adaptor of “Rikki Tikki Tavi.” This production is appropriate for children ages five to ten, and runs about one hour with no intermission.
No word on how many of the Lyle books the staged production incorporates.
If you’ve knowledge of an upcoming theatrical presentation of a children’s book, be it picture, novel, graphic novel, or what have you, feel free to drop me a line. The weirder the better, I always say. I’m planning on making this a regular thing.