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Seussical the Musical
a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

COMPANY : ACT1 [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ACT1 Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 4922

SHOWING : July 14, 2016 - August 07, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

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 La Bird. 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. Seussical is fun for the whole family!


CAST & CREW LIST
Assistant Director Michael Glatzer
Director Emily Voller
Stage Manager Savannah Cookson
Assistant Stage Manager Jay Cookson
Set Designer Chris Cookson
Set Designer Bob Cookson
Costume Co-Manager Suzanne Heiser
Sound/Light Designer Murray Mann
Props Manager Elizabeth Neri
Choreographer Pamela Smith
Costume Co-Manager Anne Voller
Standup Bass, Electric Bass Ian Allison
Violin Savannah Cookson
Flute Robyn Guy
Music Effects, Guitar Patrick Kowalski
Primary Keyboard Kelly Lane
Drums Brian Schmidt
Thing 2 Britton Baldy
Scary Wickersham Julius Brooks
Sporty Wickersham Marcus Brooks
Karen the Bird Girl Hailey Carroll
Kady "Copycat" the Bird Girl Brianna Cookson
Thing Why Me Jay Cookson
The Grinch Adam Roderick Darby
Jojo/Girl Amauriah Davis
Quiver Boo Who Allana Gladman
Yertle the Turtle/Vlad Vladikov Michael Glatzer
Horton Jonathan Goff
(General Genghis Khan Schmitz Nikki Greenfield
Cindy Lou Who Elizabeth Guy
Mayzie La Bird Dianna Esdres Johnson
Sour Kangaroo Alicia Luncheon
Posh Wickersham Amanii McCray
The Cat in the Hat Jessica McGuire
Swiper Gru Who Danielle Owens
Mrs. Mayor May Who Lauren Quesnel
Mr. Mayor May Who Marshall Lee Smith
Gertrude McFuzz Emma Rose Wagner
Gretchen the Bird Girl, Solla Sollew Dan Lauren Rachel Wall
Baby Wickersham "Shorty" Gabriel Welch
Sugar Tru Who Hannah Welch
The Lorax, Gladman Woo Who Cedric Wesley
Whomander in Chief, Jannie Bea Who Winifred Wesley
Thing 1 Tristan Williams
Regina the Bird Girl Alyssa Wright
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REVIEWS

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Whoville Express
by playgoer
Monday, July 18, 2016
3.5
ACT1’s production of "Seussical The Musical" combines colorful costumes, colorful scenery, and colorful characters in a mélange of crayon-colored theatricality. The energy quotient is high, with stage presence trumping vocal beauty in most of the performances. Aside from sour violin notes from the band, this is a relatively good-sounding show.

The show looks good too. Set design by Bob Cookson and Chris Cookson makes use of a Cat in the Hat-themed book stage right that opens to reveal a Whoville setting. A Seussian mountain stage left and a colorful Seussian background, revealed when the curtain is opened, add to the visual appeal. Costumes, designed by Suzanne Thornett and Anne Voller, are a riot of colors and feathers, giving the production a true storybook feel. Murray Mann’s lighting design, however, leaves significant shadows downstage, muting the impact of the scenes closest to the audience.

This is truly an ensemble show, and director Emily Voller has encouraged her cast to express their individuality. Lots of unique touches spark the proceedings, but movements are relatively uniform in the simple but effective choreography of Pamela Smith. No musical director is credited, but the cast has obviously been put through its paces to keep the musical numbers snappy and well-executed.

The four major roles are ably filled. Jonathan Goff combines a pleasing voice and personality to make Horton the Elephant sympathetic and likeable. Emma Rose Wagner, while having a smaller voice than most of the cast, gives a winning, sweet performance as Gertrude McFuzz. Jessica McGuire sparkles as the Cat in the Hat, proving an audience favorite with her ad libs and energetic presence. What anchors the show is Amauriah Davis as a girl to whom the story is being told, pressed into the role of Jojo by the Cat in the Hat. Her quiet sincerity tugs at the heartstrings. And when she opens her mouth to sing, out comes the voice of an angel.

In a cast so full of children, there is remarkably little awkwardness or mugging (or at least that was the case at the start of the run). Ms. Voller seems to have run a tight ship, keeping the cast focused on a common goal, while allowing individuality to shine through in assured performances like that of Marshall Lee Smith Junior as the Mayor of Whoville and Amanii McCray as a black-clad Wickersham. But there’s plenty enough praise to go around. See the show, and choose your own favorites! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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