Archbold Community Theatre presents “Seussical,” one of the most-performed shows in America, July 16- 17, 23-24, and 25.
“Seussical” brings favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination.
“Oh, the Thinks You Can Think” captures the show’s spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge. Not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible 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, the only one who recognizes “his kind and his powerful heart.”
Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes the audience laugh and cry.
Local cast members and their characters:
Gabe Short, Caleb Wyse, Wickersham brothers; Caroline Kinsman, Sid Ramirez, Faith Wyse, Who Cadets; Jen Gisel, Casey Short, jungle animals/ fish/hunch; Julianne Sparks, jungle animal; Meg Short, Who/fish/hunch; Riley DeBacker, Who; Marli Fryman, Who/hunter;
Noelle Goodson, dancing bird girl;
Wyatt Short, Jojo; Andrew Canada, Who Cadet;
Bailey Short, Who/hunter;
Myah Shaffer, Gertrude; Brandon Rees, General Schmitz; Meghan Rice, dancing bird girl; Emily Wyse, Yertle; Angelina Sorge, jungle animal/fish/ hunch; Levi Rees, Who.
“Seussical” will be performed Friday and Saturday, July 16-17, 23-24 at 8 pm and Sunday, July 25 at 2:30 pm in the Archbold High School Auditorium.
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