Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
"Oh, the places you'll go"
Theodor Geisel was an American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher and artist. His political cartoons during the Second World War were greatly admired, but his chief claim to our admiration is his series of children's books writer as 'Dr Seuss'.
Theodor Seuss Geisel honoured on a USA stamp in 2004
Since the first, Horton Hears a Who!, was published in 1954 they have never been out of print and the clever wordplay, careful use of languange and uncommon rhyme scheme (anapest) as well as the humanist themes make his work immortal.
Incidentally he didn't pronounce is as 'sue-ce' but 'soice' to rhyme with 'voice'.
Not very long after his death in 1991 aged 87, his work was made into a movie with Jim Carrey and a Broadway musical called Seussical - adapted and put to music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Very well recieved the musical has now become a staple of professional and amateur groups alike.
The cast of Seussical the Musical hard at work in rehearsal. (Photograph courtesy of Stirling Players)
Stirling Players are putting on this charming fantasy early in the new year, directed by Fran Gordon, musically directed by June Clark and choreographed by Peta Flanigan as part of the City of Stirling's Summerset Festival.
The plot is a rather complex re-telling of several of Dr Seuss's books inter-woven but centred on Horton and protecting the people of Who-ville.
Director Fran Gordon says: "Seussical explores universal themes of love, loyalty, perseverance and the keeping of promises, in a fun way through a range of musical genres. It is a wonderful show that will appeal to people of all ages.'
Seussical opens on January the 16th at Stirling Theatre 25 Morris Place, Innaloo and runs until the 31st with performances at 8:00pm and 2:00pm for matineÚs.
Tickets cost $25 (Concession $22) and $15 for children under 16. Bookings may be made on the Trybooking website here.