Seussical the Musical

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book and music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

based on the books by Dr. Seuss

On Our Stage in Our 88th Season

PRODUCTION DATES April 29,30, and May 1 – 2016 May 6,7,8 2016 – May 13,14 15 2016 – May 20,21,22 2016
Produced in Cooperation with Music Theatre International

The Show

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! TONY winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, 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.

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 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 to 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! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities for set, lighting, and costume design. An alternate orchestration is available in keys more appropriate for a female Cat-in-the-Hat.

The Crew

Producers – Diane Kaplan and Jeff Bartos
Director – Valerie Haas
Assistant Director – Julie Ballantyne Brown
Music Director – Paul Abbott
Choreographer – Janeen Bodary
Stage Manager – Mike Hermen
Stage Crew – Trevor Berry and Danielle Myerscough
Lighting Design – David Reynolds II
Lights – John Sczomak, Dave Wood, and Maddie Kaplan
Sound – Dave Kanclezand Phil Walling
Set Design – Kirk Haas
Master Carpenter – Gordon Mosley
Set Construction and Painting – Kirk Haas, Gordon Mosley, Dave Wood, Dave Kanclez, David James, Chris Boudreau, Luke Boudreau, Mike Hermen, Nate Hermen, Garrett Hermen, Trevor Berry, Linda Mosley, Ian Haas, Cole Haas, Laura Kanclez, Diane Cliff, Andrew Brown, Lily Kanclez, Tom Sparrow, Rich Marengere, Josh Lisiecki, Pat Denyer, Danielle Meyerscough, Ron Williams, Diane Kaplan, Adam Chatila, Ryan Shatila, Lois Sczomak, and John Sczomak
Costumes – Karen Drugacaz assisted by Emma Scott, Mary Calder, Janeen Bodary, Kathleen Duffy, and Renae Hayward
Hair and Makeup – Lindel Salow and Chuck Demske assisted by Lynne Salow, Sarah Zakaria and Julie Ballantyne Brown
Props – Danielle Myerscough assisted by Diane Cliff, Mary Ann Denyer, Brian Townsend, Rebecca Hermen, Samantha York and Scott Rider
Publicity – Sue Suchyta, Kori Bielaniec, Brian Townsend and Tom Sparrow
Postcard Mailing – Rebecca Hermen, John Hutchinson, Anna Dewey, Steve Gautreau, Karen Drugacz, Mike Moseley, Tom Sparrow, Mary Stover, Marjorie Gaber, Sue Suchyta, Mike Suchyta and Mike Hermen
Programs – Brian Townsend, Scott Rider and Richard Moore
Tickets – Nathan Booth and Julie Sparrow
Afterglow and Cast and Crew – Marsha Krause, Lois Sczomak and Tim Carney
50/50 and Intermission – Frann Stempek assisted by members of the Guild
Ushers – Shari and Mike Mayne assisted by members of the Guild
Original Cover Artwork – Brian Townsend

The Cast

THE CAT IN THE HAT John Denyer
HORTON Ron Williams, Jr.
GERTRUDE Meg Kisch
MAYZIE Samantha York
THE SOUR KANGAROO Rebecca Hermen
ROO Christina Bertucci
BIRD GIRLS Amanda Chatila, Kayla Chavez, Danielle Riley
WICKERSHAMS Ben Apostle, Josh Lisiecki, Mark Wagner
YERTLE, THE TURTLE Phil Booth
VLAD VLADIKOFF Jake Dombrowski
MR. MAYOR Tim Carney
MRS. MAYOR Diane Cliff
JOJO Jamie Paschke
GENERAL GENGHIS KHAN SCHMITZ Vincent Hanchon
THE GRINCH Tom Sparrow
THING ONE Adam Chatila
THING TWO Ryan Chatila
JUNGLE ANIMALS, WHOVILLE CITIZENS Nathan Wall, Adriana Viscomi, Lexie Kaplan, Garrett Hermen, Matthais Hermen, Olivia Kirk, Deb Kales, Rebekah Preiss, Scott Rider, Blake Williams, Claire Williams, and Maggie Kanclez

The Orchestra

Conductor Paul Abbott
Reed 1 Jonathan Napper
Reed 2 Jack Hawkins
Trumpet Bob Hawkins
Violin Allison Marie Crawford
Bass Josh Bartolomeo
Drums Bob Bush
Keyboards Ken Pletzer
Guitar Seth Vincent Pilgrim

Pictures by and courtesy of James and Marni Mayne.

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