“SEUSSICAL, The Musical,” based upon the stories of Dr. Seuss will continue Clarion University’s Summer Musical Theatre Festival with performances July 3-5 at 8 p.m. in Marwick-Boyd Little Theatre. There will also be a matinee on July 5 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the Clarion performances are $12 for adults, $9 for children, and $6 for Clarion University students with valid identification cards. Call (814) 393-2787 for tickets.
Additional performances are June 10-12 and 16-19 at the Sawmill Theatre, Cook Forest. For information on Sawmill tickets call (814) 927-6655.
“SEUSSICAL, The Musical,” with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is directed by Ed Powers, associate professor of theatre.
“This is theatre for young audiences,” said Powers. “It is a shortened version of the Broadway production running 90 minutes without an intermission. It is a great show to introduce children to theatre, particularly the way it is designed with the cast being a traveling theatre troupe, who involves the audience in the production.”
““SEUSSICAL,” combines the fantastic world of Theodore Geisel, known to the world as Dr. Seuss, featuring characters from at least 12 of his works including “The Cat In the Hat,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Horton Hatches the Egg,” “Gertrude McFuzz,” “If I Ran the Circus,” “McElligott’s Pool,” and “I Had Trouble Getting to Solia Sollew.”
“We will be using the same music from the Broadway production, featuring every kind of music, Latin, jazz, rock and roll, and hip-hop,” said Powers. “It is a fun, high energy show.”
The energetic nature of the show is one of the adjustments the cast members need to make.
“Our production is being approached from the perspective that a group of traveling actors is putting on a show,” said Powers. “All of the characters are Who at the beginning and take on different roles. Most of the actors are on the stage the entire time and have to maintain their energy throughout.”
Powers said the production will also be, “emotional and touching. We tend to forget that Dr. Seuss’ stories had an emotional connection. All of the characters in his stories provide a lessons about believing in yourself, keeping promises, and the rewards of independent thinking.”
The cast includes:
Ben Geibel as Horton. Geibel, a junior theatre major, is a son of Deborah Weber of Clarion and is a graduate of Lakeview High School.
Whitney Hayes as Mayzie. Hayes, a sophomore elementary education major, a daughter of Jeff Hayes of Bethel Park and a graduate of Bethel Park High School.
Tara Haupt as Gertrude. Haupt, a senior theatre major is a daughter of Chris and Sheri Haupt of Bellefonte and is a graduate of Bald Eagle Area High School.
Shernee Bellamy as Sour Kangaroo. Bellamy, a junior theatre major, a daughter of Jessica Bellamy of Erie and a graduate of Central High School.
Ron Johnson as Wickersham 1 and Mr. Mayor. Johnson, a junior theatre major, is a son of Judith Gibson of McKees Rocks and is a graduate of Sto-Rox High School.
Benjamin Rowan as Wickershan 2. Rowan, a senior music education major, is a son of Ken and Joan Rowan of Brookville and is a graduate of Brookville High School.
Ryan Jackson as Wickersham 3. Jackson, a junior theater major, is a son of Lisa Jackson of Ambridge and is a graduate of Moon High School.
Katherine Leary as Bird Girl 1 and Mrs. Mayor. Leary, a sophomore at Penn State University, is a daughter of Dr. Ralph and Nancy Leary of Clarion and is a graduate of Clarion High School.
Tiffany Williams as Bird Girl 2. Williams, a dual major mass media arts, journalism and communication studies, and theatre, is a daughter of Terry Barnishin of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Penn Hills High School.
Lindsay Pingor as Bird Girl 3. Pingor, a senior elementary education major, is a daughter of Darryl Pingor of Delmont and is a graduate of Franklin Regional High School.
Adam Huff as Cat In the Hat. Huff, a junior with a dual major of theatre and mass media arts, journalism, and communication studies, is a son of Roger and Marian Huff of North Huntingdon and is a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Emily Powers as Jojo. Powers is a daughter of Marilouise Michel of Clarion and Ed Powers of Clarion.
Sofia Barboza as Who and Jungle Animal 1. Barboza is a daughter of Dr. Gustavo Barboza and Dr. Sandra Trejos of Clarion.
Connor Mrozowski as Who Jungle Animal 2. Mrozowski, a freshman theatre major, is a son of John Mrozowski of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Winchester Thurston High School.
Working on the technical end of the production are:
Mandie Lange, choreography. Lange, a May 2008 Clarion University graduate with a degree in liberal studies. She is a daughter of Carla Campbell of North Apollo and a graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School.
Amy Hartman, production stage manger. Hartman, a junior theatre major, is a daughter of Terry Hartman of Greenburg and is a graduate of Greensburg-Salem High School
Samuel Levy, assistant stage manager. Levy, a sophomore theatre major, is a son of Robert Levy of Shippenville and is a graduate of Clarion High School.
Karl Jacobson, set designer. Jacobson, a senior theatre major, is a son of Harold and Deborah Jacobson of Clarion and is a graduate of Clarion High School.
Elizabeth Fisher, properties designer. Fisher, a junior technical theatre major from North Huntingdon and a graduate of Norwin High School.
Dennis Davenport, musical director. Davenport, guest faculty, is from the department of music, Otterbein College, Westerville Ohio.
Performing in the band are:
William Nelson, keyboards. Nelson, a senior music education major, a son of Ric and Pat Nelson of Rural Valley and a graduate of West Shamokin High School.
Lance Jones, percussion. Jones, a senior music education major, is from Morrisdale and is a graduate of West Branch Area High School.
Bryan Teeters, percussion. Teeters, a senior music education major, is a nephew of Pat Neely of Emlenton and is a graduate of Keystone Junior/Senior High School.
The 2008 Summer Musical Theatre Festival will continue with: “Once On This Island,” July 24-26 at Clarion University and July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug. 6-9 at the Sawmill Theatre.