Green Means Go—To the Theater
Celebrate Earth Day by seeing “It’s Not Mean To Be Green—The Musical.” Plus, a foreign film fest shines in Bethany, Newark’s Chapel Street Players tackle Neil Simon, the Delaware Children’s Museum opens its doors on the Riverfront, and Dover Days and its famous Maypole set the capital spinning.
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To a child, the color green is less about recycling, more about monsters and witches. Or so Jamie Kleman discovered when she asked her 5-year-old son what going green meant to him. His answers prompted the Landenberg, Pennsylvania, resident to write “It’s Not Mean To Be Green,” a children’s book in rhyme. To kick off the week of Earth Day, “It’s Not Mean To Be Green—The Musical” hits the DuPont Theatre. Kleman wrote the lyrics, and her husband, Bill, helped write some of the music. Their children, Will and Abby, and their pals contributed moves to the “Go Green Dance,” the play’s finale. Productions will raise funds for outdoor classrooms. “Children need to reconnect with the outdoors and get away from computers and television,” Kleman says. “They need to learn how to care for and nourish nature.” Performances are April 18-20. Call (800) 338-0881, or 656-4401, or visit duponttheatre.com, or itsnotmeantobegreen.com. —Pam George