Weekend: A ‘Seussical’ of a musical

NATE LEO, left, Mara Wallace, William Bivens and Makenna Fox rehearse a scene from Findlay High School's upcoming production of "Suessical," taking place March 21-23 in R.L. Heminger Auditorium. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

NATE LEO, left, Mara Wallace, William Bivens and Makenna Fox rehearse a scene from Findlay High School’s upcoming production of “Suessical,” taking place March 21-23 in R.L. Heminger Auditorium. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

Oh, the thinks you can think when you think about Seuss.
This March, R.L. Heminger Auditorium transforms into a world where anything is possible — an elephant in a tree, people too tiny to see, a heroic child and dreams running wild — as Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters come to life in “Seussical,” a whimsical musical delight for children and adults alike. The Findlay High School Creative & Performing Arts production runs March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m.
Before each show and during intermission there will be children-centered activities in the lobby.
Tickets prices are $10 for evening performances and $5 for the matinees. Senior citizens are admitted free to the matinee performances with an FCS Senior Citizens ID. Tickets may be purchased from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the R.L. Heminger Auditorium box office beginning Monday.
Call 419-427-5474 or email acantrell@fcs.org for information.
Based on the beloved characters and stories of Dr. Seuss, “Seussical” follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. Gertrude McFuzz offers her unwavering devotion, but it seemingly goes unnoticed by Horton. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe, populated by a tiny race of creatures known as Whos. Meanwhile, Mayzie LaBird leaves Horton tending to her egg while she travels, having the time of her life. Although ridiculed by the other animals in the Jungle of Nool for believing in something he cannot see, Horton stubbornly persists in his belief that the Whos exist.
Meanwhile, the citizens of Who are having some adventures of their own, including a war over which side of the bread gets buttered. JoJo, the smallest child in the city of Who, parallels Horton’s journey as she is ostracized for the unpopular act of thinking — an activity not encouraged by the parents and teachers of Whoville. In spite of these obstacles, JoJo and Horton attempt to do what they think is right. However, their path is not easy. Horton is sold to the Circus McGurkus and eventually stands trial in Judge Yertle the Turtle’s court. The other animals of the jungle come to understand, as Horton has always known, that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
During the course of the story, the Cat in the Hat pops in and out of scenes, narrating, playing numerous characters and helping the audience keep track of what’s going on. There’s on-stage action for children, humor for adults and universal themes of kindness and caring for everyone.
“Seussical” boasts a score and libretto written by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (“Ragtime,” “My Favorite Year” and “Schoolhouse Rock”), who conceived the project with the assistance of Monty Python’s Eric Idle.
The cast of “Seussical” is an energetic group of actors that includes: Nate Leo (Cat in the Hat), Beth Davila & Mirranda Chapa (Thing 1 & Thing 2), Mara Wallace (Jojo), William Bivens (Horton), Makenna Fox (Gertrude McFuzz), Michaela Long (Mayzie LaBird), Sybil Anast (Sour Kangaroo), Anna Wank (General Ghengis Kahn Schmitz), Patrick Riley & Andrea Frank (Mr. & Mrs. Mayor), Andrew Krueger (The Grinch), Chase Wagner (Yertle the Turtle) and Rachael Rackley (Vlad Vladikoff).
The rest of the cast consists of: Aubrey Brown, Kaili Orians, Taylor Pellam, Sarah Pulcheon and Hailee Rennels (Bird Girls); Patrick Dillinger, Alejandro Jorge, Nick Leo, Titus McBeath, Anthony Oyer and Steven Wagner (Wickersham Brothers); Victoria Cox, Tiffany Crawford, Rachelle Crow, Laura Fox, Maggie Hughes, Elizabeth Lonyo, Alyssa Montalbine and Holly Snyder (featured dancers); Kristine Aurand, Arganise Campbell-Nash, Lori Clemence, Abby Land and Abigail Spitler (Cadets); Heather Bolmer, Landon Bott, Stephen Christiansen, Jonah Crafts, Paige Eisaman, Aubrey Gordon, Erin McClung, Kyle Moser, Samantha Reffner, Rachael Rackley and Katy Wells (Citizens of the Jungle of Nool); and Eric Beard, Maysen Beard, Tod Beard, Samantha Deckard, Cord Elliot, Kaitlyn Fillhart, Andrew Krueger, Tim Krueger, Emily Nesbitt, Emma Penrose, Livie Sears and Faith Taylor (Whos).
The tech crew consists of Jessica Babione, Aubrey Brown, Karina Bruce, Beth Davila, Laura Fox, Makenna Fox, Erin Greer, Lauren Johnson, Myranda Klein, Nick Leo, Morgan Mastrocinque, Rachael Rackley, Patrick Riley, Alexis Simmermeyer, Lydia Sparks, Anna Wank and Katy Wells.
The orchestra members are Jordan Amann, Emily Bartow, Sophie Berry, Alexis Butterworth, Alex Dennie, Victoria Fisher, Bethany Giedeman, Kristina Jeon, Rachel Knopf, Laura Kreinbihl, Celeste LaFleur, Faith LaFleur, Breanne Lauer, Hyun Chul Lee, Maggie Loarca, Bailey Logsdon, Aaron Long, Eli Mattis, Josh Orr, Georgia Snelling, Natasha Snelling, James Streicher, Jordan Tichenor, Chase Wagner, Emma Whipkey, Travis Yammine and Zachary Zimmerman.
Myranda Klein serves as student director. Rehearsal accompanists are Noah Keppers, Natasha Snelling and Chase Wagner.


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