News: M-A Drama Presents Seussical the Musical
This Friday, M-A’s production of Seussical the Musical premieres on the PAC stage. The timeless plot appeals to all ages.
It encompasses many of Dr. Seuss’s beloved short stories translated through flamboyant colors, florid costumes, and high-energy music. The Cat and the Hat (Eliza Gutierrez-Dewar) narrates the story centered around Horton the Elephant, played by Will Hanley. Upon Horton’s discovery of the microscopic town of Who, he embarks on a perilous journey to save the town from the Sour Kangaroo (Leanna Moreno) and other characters in the Jungle of Nool.
With nearly all of the show in the song, this show has posed new challenges for the production team, cast, and pit orchestra. From costumes to set to choreography, they created the show from scratch, freehanding from the Dr. Seuss books for visionary inspiration. Director and producer Ms. Zwicker-Sobrepena states, “This is the first time we’ve done everything ourselves. The backdrop will be the only rental piece in the entire show.” In order to tackle this ambitious project, the drama team took proactive steps. They casted the show in November and initiated rehearsal immediately after, in December.
From the musical side, the pit orchestra has built immense stamina. During most musicals, the pit plays for approximately half the show which is nearly half the time the M-A pit has to play for this musical. Although Seussical is one of the most musically-demanding ones yet, pit leader, Mr. Kurrus, expresses no concern: “This is the best pit we have had.” Confident in his musicians, he adds, “They kick ass.”
On the eve of the opening night, Ms. Zwicker-Sobrepena reflects, “It has been a long road to get to this point.” However, while the preparation has been laborious, freshman cast-member Teddy looks back at long hours with optimism, “I really enjoyed the process; it is actually kind of fun to stay here with the whole cast creating a show we can all be proud of.”
Echoing her cast-mate’s excitement, lead Gutierrez-Dewar exclaims, “I am really excited to see this imaginative plot come together along with the music and the lights. While, we, as the cast members, obviously know the plot of the show, the audience does not. Tomorrow will be our first time performing in front of a fresh audience.”
So come on out bears! Spread the word and support our drama program and see Seussical the Musical. See the feature photo for a list of dates.
Curtains open promptly at 7:30 p.m. Be there, or be square.