High school students go back to preschool

April 14, 2015

Deep within Skyline High School, there’s a room that serves as a quasi-laboratory for preschool students trying to learn vital social and academic skills, and high-school students looking to take the first steps on a possible career path.

The Skyline preschool has been around for many years, but some parents might not be aware of its existence, said Michelle Campbell, the program’s lead teacher.

The upcoming closure of the Sammamish Learning Center, a popular preschool that has been operating for 20 years, is forcing families to look elsewhere to fulfill their children’s early-learning opportunities.

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Horton hears a cue in Village Theatre’s ‘Seussical Jr.’

April 17, 2012

Rachel Donka (left), as JoJo, and Sarah Dennis, as The Cat in the Hat, enact ‘Oh the Thinks You Can Think’ from the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of ‘Seussical Jr.’ By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre

In the can-do universe of Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!” is the mantra.

The latest “think” from the KIDSTAGE program at Village Theatre is “Seussical Jr.” — a musical based on the poetic pulses and colorful characters of Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel.

The musical debuts at First Stage Theatre a little more than a month after students in Issaquah and around the globe celebrated 100 years since Geisel’s birth March 2. The film adaptation of the seminal Dr. Seuss tale “The Lorax” opened the same day.

So, as Dr. Seuss re-enters pop culture in grand fashion, young performers at Village Theatre started rehearsals on Geisel’s birthday.

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‘Seussical Jr.’ to riddle Village Theatre audiences

April 10, 2012

The young performers in the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE program look to Dr. Seuss for inspiration in “Seussical Jr.”

The musical runs April 13-29 at the First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N. Tickets cost $14 to $16. Call 392-2202 or go to www.villagetheatre.org.

The writers behind the landmark musical “Ragtime” created “Seussical Jr.” — a shorter version of “Seussical,” a onetime Broadway show based on the characters created by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

“Seussical Jr.” features cherished characters, such as the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird and Whos aplenty. The musical styles in the show include a cornucopia — funk, gospel, Latin, pop, R&B and swing.

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Dr. Seuss helps make reading fun for students

March 16, 2010

Liberty High School senior Alexis Court and Alexander Munson (above) enjoy the annual Read Across America Read Aloud, held March 4 to coincide with the birthday of ‘The Cat in the Hat’ author Dr. Seuss. Below, elementary students and their families from Apollo, Briarwood, Maple Hills and Newcastle attended the event. Contributed

With more than 300 students reading, March 4 was a night at Liberty High School to do Dr. Seuss proud — after all, it was the famed author’s birthday

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