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Dot & Ziggy

Created by Linda Hartzell, Mark Perry, and Seattle Children’s Theatre
Music by Chris Walker

Dot & Ziggy may be neighbors, but they aren’t yet friends. After all, what could a ladybug and a skunk possibly have in common? One likes up, one likes down. One flies, one runs. But neither of them knows how to share. With the help of a wise spider, and the encouragement of the audience, they just might find their way.

ASL Interpreted Dates:
Public - February 9 @ 2pm
Schools - February 5 @ 10:30am

Age Recommendation:
Newborns through Age 4 - We recommend parents bring infants, toddlers and preschoolers to this interactive theatre experience. Infants will gain sensory benefits while older preschoolers will benefit from engaging in communal activities and exploring opposing concepts.

Curriculum Connections: Sharing, Opposites, Friendships, Animals, Creative Play, Puppetry

Running Time: 45 minutes

Press Release: Dot & Ziggy

SCT Educator Resource Guide: Dot & Ziggy

Kids are immediately drawn into this interactive theatre piece which alternately has guests sitting on the floor and moving about the theatre space as two very different animals become friends.

First our ladybug, Dot, meets Ziggy the skunk and invites the audience to join in the action as they compare differences. After examining circles and stripes on and around them, Ziggy encourages Dot to run, jump, wiggle, roll and leap to the warm, dark and dry den he calls home. Playing tug-of-war with a flower, the two explore the idea of sharing. They play a game of putting things in and out, then encourage the audience to participate by placing scarves in a box. Next it’s all about a toddler’s favorite game, the Hokey Pokey.

The audience is invited to clap as the two friends climb over many obstacles on their way to the cool, light and wet home of Dot. The friends investigate and demonstrate the concept of up and down, which naturally transitions to actors and audience members acting out the Itsy Bitsy Spider hand rhyme.

The sun emerges, Spider notices the two friends have learned to share and the audience exits under a cloud of blissful bubbles.

Molli  Corcoran  Small

Molli Corcoran (Dot) feels incredibly lucky to be back performing at SCT. Recently, you may have seen her The Wizard of Oz and in last seasons A Year with Frog and Toad. She recently graduated from Western Washington University where she earned a degree in Theatre Arts focusing in Acting. Most recently she toured the country with Let's Pretend Entertainment performing as Wild Jill Hiccup. Other credits include: SMT's production of  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Jennifer) and Mt. Baker Theatre's productions of Into the Woods (Cinderella), The Musical, of Musicals, The Musical! (June) and Hot n' Cole (Anne). Hope you all have as jolly a time as I!

 

 Ian Lindsay  Small

Ian Lindsay (Ziggy) is thrilled to be a part of Dot & Ziggy after recently performing in SCT's The Wizard of Oz. An SCT drama school teacher previously seen in A Year with Frog and Toad, Lyle the Crocodile, and Seussical here at SCT, Ian played Leslie in Taproot's CHAPS! earlier this year. Other favorite roles include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, and Teddy Roosevelt in Stunt Girl, both at Village Theatre, and lit-torch bearer in Seattle Opera's Gotterdammerung. Ian is a proud graduate of Seattle University and a board member of Shunpike.  He thanks you for being a patron of the Arts; the Arts are integral to life here in the Puget Sound region, and your continued support of the Arts is much appreciated.


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Vickielee Wohlbach (Understudy) is delighted to be back at SCT. Some favorites: Stellaluna (Bat), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Mouse), Goodnight Moon (Menagerie) and Go, Dog. Go! (Dog).  She has also performed with The 5th Avenue, TAG, Empty Space, Cabaret de Paris, Village Theatre, ACT, and Showtunes! Highlights include: The Taming of the Shrew (Katarina), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta), The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), Das Barbecu (Brunnhilde – Footlight Award), Menopause the Musical  (Iowa Housewife), and many merry seasons with Forbidden Christmas. Vickielee has toured throughout the US, Japan, and Europe and can be heard on commercial radio, with vocal ensemble Modern Angels, and on numerous original cast albums.

 


Linda Hartzell (Director) has been the Artistic Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre and its Education Programs since 1984. She received her BA in Education from the University of Washington, and was a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from UW College of Arts and Sciences in 1994. Hartzell has directed 61 plays for SCT, 44 of which were world premieres. In addition to SCT productions, Linda directed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Syracuse Stage and developed Dot & Ziggy, which premiered at Chicago Children’s Theatre in 2011. Previously, she directed The Grapes of Wrath at Intiman Theatre, and the Australian premiere of Afternoon of the Elves. Hartzell serves on the Board of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, was formerly on the board of Theatre Communications Group, and served on the board and is a former vice president of the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (TYA/ USA). Among her honors are ArtsFund’s Outstanding Achievement in the Arts award, the Mayor’s Arts Award, and the prestigious Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award from Theatre Puget

  


Rob Jones (Musician) was last seen at SCT as the accompanist for Prince Brat...As a composer he's been commissioned by 5th Avenue and Oregon Cabaret. He and playwright D.R. Davidson received a "Poncho Artistic Pick" award at the 2002 Fringe Festival for Claudia Kelly's 500 Hats, a musical comedy that was presented at Bathhouse Theatre in June 2003.


 

Chris R. Walker (Composer) is SCT's resident sound designer, and is so ecstatic that his two daughters are able to see so many great plays right where he works. In Seattle, he has designed at Seattle Rep, ACT, the 5th Avenue and Intiman. Nationally he’s designed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Boston, Chicago and New York. Chris holds a BA in Classical Piano Performance from Cornish College.


 

Scott R. Gray (Costume Designer) Okay, here is how costumes are made: Take 1/3 C butter, 1/3 C sugar, and 1 C flour: combine, and place in 9" sq. pan. Bake @ 350 for 15-17 minutes, till edges are slightly browned. Meanwhile, mix together: 3/4 C sugar, 3T flour, 1/2 t baking powder, 1/8 t salt, 2T lemon juice, 1T lemon peel, and 2 lg. eggs. Pour over partially baked crust, and continue baking for 17-20 minutes. Top should be lightly brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cool, cut, and bring them to the costume shop, and tell them what you want.


   

Jennifer Lupton (Set Designer) Some favorite previous designs include  Getting Near to Baby, Pharaoh Serket and the Lost Stone of Fire, Goodnight Moon, Busytown, Peter and the Wolf, Red Badge of Courage, Bunnicula, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Our Only May Amelia, The Boxcar Children, The Tempest, Frog and Toad Are Friends and Afternoon of the Elves. Jennifer has designed for many Northwest theaters including ACT, Empty Space, Intiman, The Group, New City Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild and Seattle Shakespeare Company. She received her MFA in Set and Lighting Design from the University of Washington, and is on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts.


   

Annett Mateo (Puppet Designer) believes just about anything can be a puppet! She builds all kinds of puppets large and small out of all kinds of materials. Besides Seattle Children's Theatre, her puppets have recently been at Chicago Children's Theatre, Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis and Freehold Theatre. It was much fun to have built the puppets for the Mudgarden Experience at the Experience Music Project as part of the visiting Jim Henson Exhibit, and for various other theatres and festivals in the region. Annett is thrilled to be in her eleventh season designing and building puppets at the Seattle Children's Theater after having built puppets with our beloved Douglas Paasch, who originally designed many of the puppets at SCT.















Show Summary

“This play is for young children who learn by doing, and their adult caregivers who want to engage children in creative play. Thanks to the SCT Drama School and local families who helped us develop this script; it was a big hit in Chicago and I’m thrilled to share the finished production here in Seattle. - SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell

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