Spotlight On … Seattle Children’s Theatre

Seattle Children's Theatre's Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" opens this week.

Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” opens this week.

Jim has written about how important it is to make great work for children and “get ‘em when they’re young.” Seattle Children’s Theatre, under the leadership of artistic director Linda Hartzell since 1984, is a great example of an organization that’s doing both.

According to this Seattle Times article, Seattle Children’s Theatre is “one of Seattle’s theatrical jewels,” which has “become a major force and innovator, introducing generations of children to the wonders of professional theater.”

Hartzell told Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson: “For years it was a struggle just to be taken seriously for doing professional work for young people. I wanted to prove you don’t have to do pratfalls and butt jokes to get children’s attention. … Children understand so much more than we think. They get betrayal, they get exclusion, love, loyalty, success, failure. And they’re not cynical. You can’t promise them everything is perfect because they’ve got to be resilient. But you also can’t tell them the world is ruined.”

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! opens this Thursday, and it’s the first show of the 2015-16 season, which will be Hartzell’s last.

Here’s wishing Hartzell lots of luck in her future endeavors!

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