Seussicalby Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS

Apple Tree Productions’ summer season offers two musicals that aim to create a professional-theater experience for young actors and audiences alike.

Seussical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss and starring youth aged 5-18, is the season’s big offering.

“It’s really bright and fun,” said Apple Tree founder Heidi Fredericks. “I have a 20-month-old who loves the show, and my 70-year-old father, who doesn’t always love to see plays, always comes to see Seussical when I do it.”

The show features professional sets, lighting and costumes and a cast that includes students who’ve been doing theater for years.

Apple Tree is also producing an abridged concert version of Evita, starring students 13-18. The students will prepare the show–and learn about the history behind it–in a single week.

Apple Tree also produces musicals for schools, and it offers a free summer acting class for students with special needs.

What: Seussical and a concert version of Evita

Where: Tumwater High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Israel Rd., Tumwater

When: Seussical 7 p.m. July 28-30 and 2 p.m. July 30 and 31; Evita 7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7

How much: $5 for students, $8 otherwise

Get tickets: at the door

Also: Apple Tree presents a free showcase of skills learned by students with special needs at 6 p.m. July 22 at Family Education and Support Services, 1202 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia.

Learn more: 360-359-6685 /