Turning Seuss loose 

"Oh, the things you can think when you think about Seuss!”

The Savannah Leisure Services Bureau brings Seussical the Musical to the Trustees Theatre for another weekend of colorful magic.

Directed by D.J. Queenan, Seussical draws its tale from four Dr. Seuss books: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Lays an Egg, and Horton Hears a Who.

“The imaginative plots Seuss weaves are the perfect setting for a musical,” explains Megan Blackburn, stage manager for the show. “This is one of the most smoothly-run plays we’ve ever done, and I think some of that comes from the energy of the play itself.”

Yes, energy is one thing this show does not lack. From the lights, designed by Ryan McCurdy, to the sound of the live orchestra to the amazing costumes designed by Kirk Peterson, Seussical is a tangible, breathing show.

“We’ve come so far with this, and you all have done such a wonderful job,” Queenan tells his cast before their last dress rehearsal. “Now it’s time to just have fun out there.”

The show boasts quite a broad age range of actors, the youngest being ten and the oldest seventy.

The principal cast includes Ryan McCurdy (Cat in the Hat), Kyle Merrit (Horton), Cameron Pember (Jo-Jo), Jewelia Noble (Gertrude), Susanna Merrick (Mayzie), Billy Bishop, Jack Webber, and David Burch (Wickersham Brothers).

Horton the Elephant is called the “biggest blame fool on the jungle of Nool” because he claims to hear a voice from a tiny speck of dust that he has put on a clover for safekeeping. The Wickersham Brothers, Nool’s resident monkeys, steal it and have it dropped in a field of clovers.

Between baby-sitting Maizy’s egg while she’s on vacation and searching for the lost clover, Horton is sold to the circus, put on trial for loitering on a nest (among other things), and finally proved sane with the help of the Whos.

“The goal of Cultural Affairs shows are to provide a way for children and families to enjoy a creative outlet in a safe and fun setting," notes Blackburn.

She adds with a smile, “‘I hope you’re prepared to be scareder than scared, ‘cuz this ain’t no Mother Goose -- danger’s right on the brink when you think about Seuss.’” w


Seussical the Musical will finish up its run this weekend at the Trustees Theatre. Show times are Dec. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 525-5050.


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