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Northwest Children's Theater and School
at NW 19th Ave 1819 NW Everett St Portland, OR 97209
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Busytown is buzzing with activity. But what do people do all day? Take a tour of Huckle Cat’s lively neighborhood to see! Meet Sergeant Murphy, Farmer Alfalfa, Dr. Lion, Grocer Cat and more as Richard Scarry’s intricate Busytown books come to life!

Huckle Cat (Henry Martin in his third NWCT Mainstage performance) is on a mission to help his friend Betsy Bear (Kate Thresher in her first leading role) plan the perfect birthday for her Grandma. Together, with best friend Lowly Worm (a delightful, flexible puppet created and operated by John Ellingson) they set about exploring their Busytown in search of experts who can help them on their way. Birthday cake? That would be Able-Baker Charlie. Writing a letter to Grandma? Time to meet Postman! Favorite automobile? A pickle-car of course!

Richard Scarry’s Busytown picture books have been delighting children the world round for over three decades. This exciting, upbeat script, adapted by Kevin Kling, draws heavily on the book “What Do People Do All Day?” Pulling characters and locations from multiple Busytown stories, and adding a sunny set of 50’s doo-wop songs (by Michael Koerner with lyrics by Kling), Busytown creates a birthday adventure that takes us from Farmer Alfalfa’s farm to the deck of Captain Salty’s pirate ship!


This production is most enjoyed by those ages four and older and runs 1 hour and 45 minutes, including one intermission. _

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