PORTLAND – Shakespeare’s tragic heroes as Thing 1 and Thing 2? The feuding families as the Star-Bellied Sneeches?

These are just two of the oddities in “The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet,” the wacky re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic story to be performed Feb. 27 to March 8 by the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine company of young actors.

Filled with rhymes, creative wordplay and fantastic machines, this whimsical telling of the famous romantic tale is suitable for all ages.

The play, by Peter Bloedel, is directed by CMTM Artistic Director Reba Short, with music by Annegret Bauer of bands Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, The Zulu Leprechauns and Loopin’.

Performances will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and March 6; at 11 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 7; and at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1 and 8.

The production will take place in The Dress-Up Theater of the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St. Tickets are $7 each, $6 for CMTM members. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. For tickets, call (207) 828-1234, ext. 231.

For more information, visit www.childrenstheatremaine.org or www.kitetails.com.


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