In July 2013, when we approached Evam Entertainment with the idea of a play based on our much-loved Karadi Rhymes, they lapped it up straight away. In order to build a narrative around the rhymes, they read all our picturebooks and listened to all our audiobooks and a month later, we had a team of four playwrights - internet celebrity The Local Tea Party, stand-up comic Balakumaran, Jagadeesh Kanna and Cinthoorika Dinesh - working on the script of Once Upon A Bak-Bak Tree. Once the scripting was complete, the actor hunt began. Five actors and two musicians were shortlisted, and the rehearsals commenced in September.
By November, Director Bhargav Ramakrishnan had put together a fabulous (if we may) production that was ready to reach out to its audience.
Two days prior to the premiere of Karadi Rhymes - Once Upon A Bak-Bak Tree in Chennai, all the tickets for the show were sold out. On Children's Day, the musical premiered to a packed hall. Usha Uthup, Kunyu, Loki, Shooshaa, Venky, Drums Murali and Nishant took the crowd by a storm and the show was a stupendous success.
After receiving numerous rave reviews, we proceeded to Coimbatore in December only to witness yet another packed hall and earn more marvellous reviews.
On popular demand, Bak-Bak Tree returned to Chennai on January 14 and the city folk were treated to two shows in the same evening. For one last time this season, Usha aunty, Shooshaa, Loki and Kunyu painted smiles on faces - both young and old. They did not bid goodbye though, for they do plan to return in September.