Aronzo Traylor is having a great time on stage as a cast member of "Sesame Street Live!"
Traylor, a native of Chicago's Beverly neighborhood, is performing for the first time in this season's touring show "Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!." The production runs through Oct. 14 at Rosemont Theatre.
"I'm happy to be with the show," Traylor said, during a recent telephone interview.
"Let's Party!" revolves around the characters attempting to plan a big party as a team in this interactive show featuring the beloved characters on everyone's favorite street. Everyone from Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch to Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and more will join in the fun of throwing a shindig.
Traylor said being a part of the production is a dream realized.
"I grew up watching 'Sesame Street' and 'Barney & Friends,' " he said, adding he was always attracted to the memorable characters and the catchy songs.
Seeing the children in the audience enjoy the characters and lively sets, songs and other stagecraft is a highlight for Traylor and other cast members.
Traylor said it's exciting to work with Feld Entertainment, which is presenting "Sesame Street Live!"
The actor/dancer/singer said he was bitten by the entertainment bug as a child.
"When I was 12 years old, I was a little shy in school and wouldn't talk a lot," he said. However, he ended up getting a role in his elementary school's production of "The Wizard of Oz."
"My teachers were so surprised that I could talk," he said with a laugh. That show sparked his interest in other entertainment projects. Later, Traylor secured a job performing at Walt Disney World.
The actor said all of the "Sesame Street Live!" shows have such relevant messages.
"One of the messages of this show is that we all have differences and if we learn to accept one another's differences, we can all grow kinder as a community," Traylor said.
The entertainer said audience members will recognize a variety of songs from the "Sesame Street" TV show in the live production. Among songs featured will be "C is for Cookie" and "I Love Trash," among others.