'Dr. Dolittle' comes to life in La Habra

LA HABRA - Hugh Lofton's timeless story of the doctor who shuns human patients in favor of animals, with whom he can speak their language, comes to life in the La Habra Depot Theatre's production of "Dr. Dolittle."The children's play runs June 5-28. Tea parties with the cast are held before Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. Ticket prices have been lowered from $18 to $12 for adults and $10 for children, students and seniors. Tea party tickets are $10 or $18 for show and tea party. Dr. Dolittle's love of animals grows and his household menagerie scares off his human clientele. After learning the secret of speaking to animals from his parrot, he takes up a veterinary practice. He uses his extraordinary abilities to help animals and better understand their world. "The play invites young audiences to rely on their imaginations to join the cast in an enchanting world that results form the unique communication between the colorful animals and their wonderful friend, Dr. Dolittle," said director Ernest Lee. "It plays well in the intimate setting of the Depot Theatre." The cast is hosting tea parties for young children and their parents before Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. The characters of the show serve cookies, lemonade and tea. "The animal costumes for the play are spectacular," said producer Dookie Hillman. The theatres' last two productions, Sondheim's "Assassins" and "Ticket to Ride," earned prestigious Roar of the Crowd awards, which means the productions received the highest ratings by audiences voting online of all shows playing in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Reservations for "Dr. Dolittle" can be made by calling (562) 905-9625 or online at www.lhdepottheatre.org.

********** Published: June 5, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 7

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