Western Bradford Notebook: Getting musical with 'Seussical' in Troy
TROY - The Troy Area School District's spring musical was about the last thing on my mind when I received a note last week from Cherilyn Ayres.
Cherilyn invited me to drop by Memorial Auditorium in Troy, and check out the rehearsals for the musical. On Monday, I found her playing the piano as the students practiced on stage.
And judging by what I saw, I have to say area residents are in for a real treat this spring when the kids present a certain musical called "Seussical" March 1-2 at the auditorium.
I talked with Sydney Blade, the musical advisor, and she was upbeat.
"It's really coming together," she said. "The cast has great teamwork. Their rapport is excellent. They all get along really well."
I've never seen "Seussical," so I looked up the production's website.
The online description notes that it's based on several Dr. Seuss books, which are too numerous here to mention. They include "Horton Hears a Who!," " How the Grinch Stole Christmas," " The Lorax," " Green Eggs and Ham," etc.
The musical's plot is as follows: "The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to a butter battling military school for thinking too many 'thinks.' Horton's attention to the speck of dust and his 'loitering' care of Mayzie LaBird's egg has elicited taunting and accusations from the rest of the animal kingdom, except for Gertrude McFuzz, who longs for his attention, and JoJo, whose 'thinks' save them all in the end."
Zachary Culkin plays Horton, and he was happy to play the role.
"I like him," he said. "He's a good guy."
He remembers his mother reading the Dr. Seuss books to him when he was a child.
Of the musical, he said, "it's a lot more high energy than the shows I've done."
Others in the cast include Samantha Morse (Mrs. Mayor), Olivia Morse (Gertrude McFuzz), Olivia Hansell (Mayzie LaBird), Danielle Newman (Sour Kangaroo), Tyler Hoffman (Mr. Mayor), Trevor Ward (JoJo), Robert Lenahan (General Gengus Khan Schmitz), and Katie Shay (Cat in the Hat).
Thing 1 and Thing 2, played by Michael Blade and Megan Bolt, will be there, too. Look for them to provide comic relief.
Sydney said "Seussical" was chosen because "it just seemed like a really good show for the cast we have." A total of 40 students in grades 7-12 make up the cast.
She said the costumes will be "very bright" and "vibrant," and the set will feature some spiral staircases and bright arches. She said art teacher Wayne Beeman "will be coming down to Seuss it up."
On Friday, March 1, showtime will begin at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 2, shows will be held at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $7 for students and seniors and $9 for adults.
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