Harrisburg Symphony to Present “Green Eggs and Ham”

“Sam I Am” comes to the Harrisburg Symphony at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center in a skillfully staged and delightfully designed musical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham. Performances will take place at 2:00 and again at 3:30 on Sunday afternoon, April 1.

Michael Boudewyns performs as Sam I Am along with members of the HSO led by the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Tara Simoncic, to delight families in this classic story. With music by Robert Kapilow (composer of The Polar Express), Green Eggs and Ham celebrates rhyme and reason and introduces young people to the beauty and versatility of the human voice and the wonders of the orchestra.

A performance of Leopold Mozart’s clever Toy Symphony rounds out this fun afternoon. This delightful piece will grab the audience’s attention right from the start with an incredible one-man “symphony” machine/instrument “played” by Mr. Boudewyns. Audience participation is encouraged. Suggested age range for this program is 3-8 years.

There will be free activities in the lobby before and between the two performances, including opportunities for kids to make and color a Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat hat and fun face painting, as well as themed word searches and coloring sheets.  These performances involve noted actor Michael Boudewyns, as well as the delightful soprano Kimberly Schroeder, who sings about how she would not, could not, eat green eggs and ham.  Don’t miss this fantastic way to introduce small children to the symphonic concert! 

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor Tara Simoncic present Green Eggs and Ham at 2 p.m. and 3:30 pm on Sunday, April 1, at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center, located on the Harrisburg campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults and available at http://www.harrisburgsymphony.org/ or by calling the HSO office (717) 545-5527.

Michael Boudewyns made his solo orchestra debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004, and has since been a frequent guest artist with the Orchestra’s popular Family Concerts, presenting vaudeville-inspired performances of works such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Poulenc’s The Story of Babar, George Kleinsinger’s Tubby the Tuba and Robert Kapilow’s adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s “Beyond the Score” presentations of Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Michael has performed with orchestras in Annapolis, Des Moines, Charlotte, Kennett, Lincoln, Newark, New Haven, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Princeton, Richmond, Saint Louis, Texarkana, New Jersey’s Symphony in C, and the Westchester Philharmonic. 

He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.

Sara Valentine made her solo orchestra debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007, and continues presenting vaudeville-inspired performances of Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Poulenc’s The Story of Babar, and compositions by composer Daniel Dorff. Additionally, she has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra in the “Beyond the Score” presentation of Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

She has appeared with orchestras in Annapolis, Charlotte, Newark, New Haven, Philadelphia, Princeton, Richmond, Saint Louis, and New Jersey’s Symphony in C.

Sara is a graduate of Ithaca College with a BA in Theatre Arts, and has an MFA in Acting from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.

Kimberly Schroeder made her orchestra debut with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2010 in Green Eggs and Ham. She has performed with orchestras in Annapolis, Charlotte, Kennett, Lincoln, Milwaukee and Richmond. Kimberly is a graduate of the dance and vocal music programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.