SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird and a little boy with a big imagination — Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre presents SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL in the Hirt Theater at 205 Maple Street, Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 26, and Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2 at 2:30 p.m. BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15 in any school system. It is sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling and Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many ‘thinks.’ Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie LaBird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
The cast includes Simon Arnold, Clyde, as The Cat in the Hat; Jackson Smith, Fremont, as Thing 1; Samuel Colvin, Bellevue, as Thing 2; Samuel Coffelt, Bellevue, as Jojo; Paul Coffelt, Bellevue, as Horton; Lily Arnold, Clyde, as Gertrude McFuzz; and Amber Bowering, Bellevue, as Mayzie LaBird.
Bird Girls: Lottie Arnold, Clyde; Alexis Burns, Bellevue; Alexa Hammer, Flat Rock; and Maren Coffelt, Bellevue.
Sydney Harrison, Gibsonburg, as Sour Kangaroo; Eva Hancock, Flat Rock, as Young Kangaroo; Joshua Higgins, Bellevue, as The Mayor; and Jenna Yost, Bellevue, as Mrs. Mayor.
Sharing the role of General Schmitz is Xavier Walker, Republic, and Aaron Brubaker, Bellevue.
The Whos: Olivia Strausbaugh, Clyde; Bella Paulsen, Fremont; Madalyn Espinosa, Bellevue; Carly Miller, Green Springs; and Kenzie Franks, Lakeside-Marblehead.
Who Cadets: Addison Foreman, Whites Landing; Zoë Holland, Lindsey; Parker Folds, Bellevue; Ada Vandergoot, Huron; and Matthew Higgins, Bellevue.
Brooke Childers, Bellevue, as Cindy Lou Who; Derek Horvath, Bellevue, as The Grinch; Delinda Gore, Bellevue, as Max the Dog; and Analiese O. King, Norwalk, as The Lorax.
The Wickershams: Grace Cooper, Castalia; Clayton Sooy, Old Fort; Owen Strausbaugh, Clyde; Katherine Jarrett, Bellevue; AJ Reineck, Clyde; Xavier Walker and Aaron Brubaker.
Clayton Sooy pulls double duty as Vlad Vladikoff.
Jungle Creatures: MacKenna Hoover, Bellevue; Michaela Broadbent, Bellevue; and Autumn Lindstrom, Clyde.
Joshua Ryan Fowler, Castalia, as Yertle the Turtle.
Circus McGurkus/Fish/Hunters/Hunches: Eden Sheidler, Fremont; Gabby Russell, Bellevue; Cass Biedrzycki, Bellevue; Anna Faye Cooper, Castalia; and MacKenzie Jarrett, Bellevue.
SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL is directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold, Clyde. Producer is Cathy Schaffer, Bellevue, who also serves as Stage Manager. Music Directors are Casey Cooper, Castalia; Faline Coffelt, Bellevue; and Michael Sooy, Old Fort.
SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL features a book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. It is co-conceived by Eric Idle, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+ and children and students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations.
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