Green Eggs and Ham added to Percival the Performing Pig playbill

Dave Mathieson
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Emily Crocket (right) wasn’t overly excited about being offered green eggs and ham from Samuel Clark during a rehearsal for the Dr. Seuss classic. Also part of the rehearsal was Spencer Sutton (left) holding Clark back, and play directors Madelynn Carter, adjusting Clark’s hat, and Gillian Moore. Green Eggs and Ham is the pre-show performance staged by the March Break Drama Workshop. The main performance is Percival the Performing Pig and involves all 15 young budding actors taking part in the workshop. The production will be staged Friday at 7 p.m., at the Tantramar Theatre. Dave Mathieson – Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - The production of Percival the Performing Pig is going so smooth that a pre-show production of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham is being thrown into the mix.

"It's a short, poetic story that has a definite meaning about prejudice," said 14-year-old March Break Drama Workshop director Madelynn Carter. "It's a great message. It pushes kids to try new things that they might not usually try."

"It's about not judging things until you fully understand them," added 16-year-old Gillian Moore, who is also a director at the workshop.

Tantramar Theatre's Bette Douglas said the two girls are doing a great job directing the plays.

"Both girls have a long history at the Tantramar Theatre," said Douglas.

"It's so interesting to sit in my office and listen to these two young directors," she added. "It warms my heart hearing them teach what they have learned over the years at the theatre."

The workshop began Monday and ends with the 15 participants, aged seven to 12, performing Green Eggs and Ham and Percival the Performing Pig at 7 p.m. at the Tantramar Theatre.

Percival the Performing Pig is a British play about a barnyard beast with an amazing singing voice. A promoter buys the pig and takes him to London to sing at the Grand Opera. Percival doesn't like London and plans a scheme to get back to the farm.

Moore said putting the play together has gone better than expected.

"The kids are really good and responsive," she said.

The play is open to the public and is free.

Organizations: Tantramar Theatre

Geographic location: AMHERST, London

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