Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST) Producers’ Guild recently announced CST’s inaugural Family Gala, Seussapalooza. The event will take place on July 12, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the theater’s home on Navy Pier and invites guests to enjoy the summer musical production of Seussicle in CST’s Courtyard Theater, followed by a reception with hands-on activities and crafts for all ages.

The Family Gala is co-chaired by Karen and Tuey Connell and Robin and Timothy Sheehan. In keeping with the Producers’ Guild’s mission to support access to Shakespeare for all, funds raised for Seussapalooza will benefit will fully fund a designated park on this summer’s Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour of the wildly popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will travel to 18 neighborhood parks across the city. Performances take place July 18–August 17, 2014. Since its inception in July 2012, this annual summer tradition has reached over 27,000 audience members on the north, south and west sides of the city. At each stop on the citywide tour, families and neighbors gather to share in the enjoyment of a polished, professional Shakespearean production.

Seussapalooza guests will first be treated to a performance of the 75-minue Broadway musical comedy, Seussical, in CST’s Courtyard Theater, bringing the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage. Following the performance, attendees will proceed to a whimsical reception taking place throughout the theater’s 6th floor lobbies and performance spaces, featuring a luncheon amid vivid décor and soaring views of the city’s skyline. Hands-on activities for children of all ages are planned and  include stage combat demonstrations by professional fight choreographers, a photo booth with theatrical props and artful face painting, as well as crafts and other games. A silent auction with exclusive family fun packages will further support Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks.

For tickets or for more information about Seussapalooza, contact CST’s Margaret Reeder at 312.667.4951 or email

Alex Goodrich as The Cat in the Hat and Emily Chang as Jojo in the upcoming Chicago Shakespeare Theater production of Seussical, directed by Scott Weinstein (photo courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater).

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Announce First Annual Seussapalooza