A review of the SCT staging of “Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We are in a Play!’ ” It’s adapted by Mo Willems from his popular series of storybooks. It’s at the theater through Dec. 6.
A great strength of the Seattle Children’s Theatre is its ability to produce plays of enormous appeal to children and include within them amusing elements designed especially for their accompanying parents and grandparents. So it is with “Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We are in a Play!’ ” directed by Rita Giomi.
This is a play about friendship designed for children 4 and older. And it is adapted by Mo Willems from his popular series of storybooks featuring cartoon animal characters.
When Gerald (the elephant) and Piggie enter the SCT stage from opposite sides, they are so silly they can’t even find each other. All they have to do is turn around, and when given that good advice by some enthusiastic audience members, the players grasp each other warmly and proclaim that they are best friends.
‘Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” ’
Through Dec. 6 at Seattle Children’s Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; $22-$40 (206-441-3322 or sct.org).
Neither is dressed like an animal. Their costumes are brightly colored everyday human clothes. Jon Lutyens as Gerald and Cassi Q Kohl as Piggie do a high-energy bounce around the stage. They have songs to sing, dances to dance, and even some acrobatics to perform. All are accompanied by lively piano music played with verve by Colleen Carpenter .
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When Piggie is invited to a party by three squirrels, of course she makes sure that Elephant can join her. And, do note that the squirrels, with their bouffant hairdos and short skirts, sing songs with an early ‘60s beat, and they are not called squirrels. They are the “Squirelles.”
It’s quite a party with pool fun, magic, very loud elephant noises, and silly dances. Of course parties offer opportunities for learning. For instance, Gerald gets an ice cream cone and wants it for himself, but he winds up sharing it with Piggie. And when Piggie gets a marvelous new toy and her pal breaks it, she has to consider which is more important, her toy or her friendship.
These and other lessons are embedded in the charming songs and physical humor. Children who have enjoyed the Elephant and Piggie books should love this, but it’s also accessible to youngsters newly introduced to the characters.
Information in this article, originally published Oct. 30, 2015, was corrected Nov. 3, 2015. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated who performed the music.