Weekend Showcase: Armstrong Produces “Seussical”
Seussical the Musical at Armstrong High School is the perfect pick-me-up for the gray, winter days.
When you think about theatrical production there is a time for gritty and serious and then there is that other time, when you think about Seuss.
“The whole cast and crew and everyone involved in it has really loved it. It’s such a feel good story with such a happy ending. It’s not too dark. In the play we did Macbeth, and that was a blast as well. I played Macbeth in that so going from Macbeth to Horton the Elephant is like complete polar opposites,” said Jacob McCullough who plays Horton.
Before the first patron takes their seat, there is a small army of students making up the tech crew without which the show couldn’t go on.
“I like the environment. The people in it are super sweet. I’ve never had a bad experience in this whole group. And it’s also the people who want to be involved in theater but not on stage. And so, we’re all super understanding of each other,” said Madeline George, Property Master for the show.
Dr. Seuss communicated simple life lessons in his stories.
“Seussical” the Musical takes some of Seuss’ most beloved characters, throws them together in a fantastic extravaganza, and relates life lessons in the most heartwarming way.
“From Gertrude we learn self confidence doesn’t come in a bigger tail, but it comes with the confidence in herself. With finding her own way to communicate with Horton without having to have this amazing tail,” said Molly Kruger, who plays Gertrude McFuzz.
“I won’t let you fall. I’ll shelter and guide you because after all, a persons a person no matter how small,” said Horton the Elephant to his pal JoJo in Whoville.
Horton the Elephant is the best friend a person could have. He saves the lives of the Whos on their speck of dust even though they’re so small no one can see them.
The show is so well done in every aspect that it is a joy to watch. If you come in gloomy I bet you’ll leave happy.
“Seussical” runs through February 8th. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. A free senior citizen performance will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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