“The thinks you can think” abound in Seussical, the Stratford Community Players’ (SCP) 2013 production.
A fun-filled modern musical combining Dr. Seuss’s well-loved characters and storylines, it opens February 6 at Stratford City Hall and runs until February 10.
“Families are going to love this super-creative show and the chance to see their favourite Seuss characters come to life – but they’re definitely not the only ones,” says SCP president Adam Gardiner.
“With a broad range of musical styles, a talented cast, and an all-ages plot exploring self-worth and the power of the imagination, this play offers something for everyone to appreciate – whether they’re a kid or a kid at heart.”
Cam Oates, who last appeared with SCP as Sky Masterson in 2010’s Guys and Dolls, takes the stage as the mischevious Cat In The Hat. Josie Murray, an experienced young talent in her own right, plays well alongside him as the ever-imaginative Jojo.
Other leads include Sally Bryant as Mayzie La Bird, and real-life married couple Kate and Andrew Beath as Gertrude McFuzz and her love interest, Horton the Elephant.
Jim Hill has returned as director; he previously helmed the cast for last year’s Annie Get Your Gun. Also returned is choreographer Kelly Aarts, owner of the local Dance Aarts Academy. David Spence, who conducted the orchestra last year, is music director.
In addition, the staff and students at St. Michael Catholic secondary school play a special behind-the-scenes role in this year’s production. Thanks to an educational partnership, the Specialist High Skills Major drama students at St. Mike’s have worked on a variety of supporting tasks including prop and set making, front-of-house and show promotion, gaining valuable hands-on experience in the process.
Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty – who co-conceived the show with Eric Idle of Monty Python fame – Seussical debuted on Broadway in 2000, spawning several tours and script versions in the years since.
With Jojo and the Cat guiding the action, the play follows the tale of Horton, who one day discovers Who, the tiniest planet in the sky, upon a speck of dust.
When the clover carrying the speck is stolen, Horton goes on a desperate adventure to find it – in spite of being mocked by the other animals in the Jungle of Nool – because “a person’s a person no matter how small.”
A slew of other well-known Seuss characters also appear throughout the show, including the Grinch and Yertle the Tertle.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. from Wednesday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 9. A Saturday matinee begins at 2 p.m. and new this year is a Sunday matinee, Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and available at Sinclair Pharmacy. Unsold tickets will be available at the door. Special needs seating may be arranged by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.