A 9-year-old girl, some beans, and a dream. A vacant lot that has no purpose. Beauty in the acting of Sonja Parks playing a plethora of characters. Seedfolks is a journey to unity and togetherness, culminating in the transformation of a dirty lot into a bark-iful garden. This show demonstrates how people with different bark-grounds and ideals can become one, simply by growing seeds and loving one another. From a puppy’s point of view, this show is truly a metaphor for today’s troubles and what we as a community need to do to spread growth and peace!
The Children’s Theater of Minneapolis’ production of Seedfolks, adapted from the book by Paul Fleischman and directed by Peter C. Brosius, present this larger-than-life story by letting Parks portray each and every character. She does a marvelous job fluidly transitioning from role to role. At any moment, she could be a shy Vietnamese child, an elderly Romanian woman or… well, I guess you will just have to come find out!
The production “treats” us with vivid projections designed by Jorge Cousineau, giving us the ability to meet new people and live these experiences with each character that comes to light. The recorded music of Victor Zupanc also helps set the mood of a struggling community and blossoming friendships resulting from that struggle.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and this performance of Seedfolks at The Rose Theater really helped me understand that it is possible to love each other and become unified in an attempt to grow as one race, the HUMAN race.
For tickets to Seedfolks, call The Box Office at 402-345-4849 or visit www.rosetheater.org! I swear on my favorite toy that you will leave the theater feeling inspired and captivated. You might even want to go plant your own garden!
This dog is ready to go dig and plant some seeds of my own.
Can you plant a chew toy tree? I hope so.
Until next time,