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AHS drama presents 'Seussical The Musical'

 

February 28, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

The cast of Arlington High School's production of "Seussical" dance during a rehearsal on Feb. 22.

Famous Dr. Seuss stories will come to the stage this March as the Arlington High School drama department presents "Seussical The Musical."

The play incorporates a number of characters from various children's stories written by Dr. Seuss including "Horton Hears a Who" and "Cat in the Hat."

The play will be presented on March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. with an additional matinee showing at 2 p.m. on March 10.

It will be held at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington.

The story of "Seussical The Musical" begins with a boy named JoJo.

"He finds a hat and in his imagination thinks a cat wears it, and from there he creates this magical world where things happen that are out of the ordinary," said Arlington High School actor Hannah Glunt.

The hat begins an adventure for JoJo.

"It's a key to JoJo's imagination and he goes on this adventure through his imagination," said Arlington High School actor Adam Wirth, who plays the Cat in the Hat.

"I kind of guide him and take him on an educational journey," said Wirth.

For JoJo, it's about a way of seeing the world.

"The events themselves are real but they are filtered through his imagination," said Arlington High School actor Lyndsie Holden.

"He sees the things in all these unique ways, almost like a child would see it," she said.

Holden said the play is a celebration of the imagination.

"It's a throwback to our imagination that we don't use as often as I think we should," she said.

Arlington High School actor Josh Moe said it was good to reconnect with the positives of being child-like.

"As we grow up and are becoming adults it's a reminder that it's okay to not completely grow up," he said.

"It connects us with our childhood and helps us remember there is a whole other world out there," said Glunt.

"Especially as seniors it's a really good way to connect to your roots," she said.

Many students said it was fun bringing the stories they've grown up with to life on the stage.

"Almost everything on stage is a reference to some kind of story that Dr. Seuss did," said Wirth.

"All the classics are in there like 'The Lorax,' 'Cat in the Hat' and 'Horton Hears a Who,'" he said.

There's also some lesser-known stories as well.

"Even some books that you will hardly even remember, like the ones you've read once or twice," said Moe.

"I'm Gertrude McFuzz [from the Dr. Seuss book 'Gertrude McFuzz'] and I had never heard of her until this musical," said Glunt.

Numerous items on set also refer to various Dr. Seuss stories.

"There's a bed on stage that's a reference to one of the kids [in a Seuss story] that won't get out of his bed," said Wirth. "If you pay close attention there's a lot of stuff in there."

Actors said that the play was really energetic.

"It's definitely fast paced and it's non-stop from the start of Act 1 to the end of Act 2," said Arlington High School actor Dean Shepherd.

"It's really fast with both the plot and character shifts that are going on," he said.

There's a lot of movement in the stage and actors as well.

"Things are constantly moving on and off stage, whether it's set pieces or groups of people," said Wirth.

The play is also filled with near constant music.

"I really enjoy this musical for the amount of songs that are in it and the amount of dancing we get to do," said Glunt.

"The orchestra is really pushed this year because they have a lot of music to know," she said.

It's a challenge when there is not much time to pause either, she said.

Christopher Andersson

Arlington High School students Angela Gotera, left, and Destiny Robinson sing and dance during a Feb. 22 rehearsal for the spring production of "Seussical The Musical."

"There are usually pauses where the characters have dialogue, when there's an important plot point or there's something dramatic going on, but in Seussical it's just constant music going on from act to act," said Wirth.

Students wanted to thank their director and teacher Scott Moberly.

"I can't imagine what it's like for a director directing this play. Hannah and I directed [the student-produced musical] Medley, but this seems like a whole other beast," said Wirth.

"He is doing a wonderful job and I think the production is doing very well," he said.

This will be the final play at Arlington High School for many of the seniors as well.

"He is a phenomenal director and it will be sad when we leave," said Glunt.

Tickets for the show are available at the door or you can go to byrnesperformingarts.org to purchase tickets online.

 

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