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Every spring, the drama department performs a musical. Last year it was “My Fair Lady,” the year before that it was “Music Man.” This year they will be performing Seussical, a musical consisting almost entirely of singing and rhymes. The performances start Thursday, March 30th and continue until Sunday, April 2nd. There will be three performances at 7:00 p.m. on the first three nights, a children’s breakfast and meet and greet Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., and a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“If we aren’t singing there’s music behind us when we speak,” junior Sydney Reichert said. “There are a few monologues, but it’s made up of almost entirely singing. Which is good since I think it’s easier to sing than remember lines.”

The story involves an unusual Who named Jojo. The Cat in the Hat takes him on a journey through different Dr. Seuss tales, and teaches him to expand his horizons. Jojo is played by two people: Brody Duncan on Thursday and Saturday, and Emily Emanuel on Friday and Sunday.

“I play The Cat in the Hat,” senior Hurst Templeton said. “He plays the role of the narrator throughout the story. The [Cat] has some role in the story, but he mostly just stays on the sidelines.”

Dr. Seuss books are known for their extravagant locales, and crazy stories. Freshman Hunter Bowles assures that this theme will continue with this production.

“Seussical is very over the top,” Bowles said. “Everything has to be insanely huge. I mean, you want to keep the people’s attention”

Bowles plays the mayor of Whoville, and this is his second speaking part this year.

“I had speaking parts in Hairspray and Seussical, which doesn’t happen all that often. It makes me feel special.” the freshman said. 

The main character in this story however, is Horton the Elephant. He is the primary focus for a large part of Seussical, and it will be based off of the story “Horton Hears a Who.”

“I really enjoy playing him (Horton),” senior Riley Porter said. “He’s like a big lovable teddy bear. He’s huge but he cares about even the smallest things, but I still haven’t figured out how I should move around the stage as him.”

The production is far along, but it still isn’t completed.  Certain things have yet to be finalized, and it can be hard to maneuver around the stage like the respective animal assigned. Everyone in the cast plays a different animal, and has to act like that animal.

“It’s fun and stressful, and the stress is what makes it fun,” Bowles said. “It’s the excitement of knowing this is gonna be awesome, if we get this done and do it right.”

 

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