Eastern Middle School Stages Seussical the Musical

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The Eastern Middle School 8th Grade Show Chorus will perform the musical “Seussical” from Thursday, January 28th through Saturday, January 30st in the school’s Lee Book Auditorium.

Show times are as follows: Thursday, January 28th at 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday tickets are $5, and Friday and Saturday tickets are $15. Tickets are sold in the main lobby of the school beginning on January 20th every day before school from 7:15-7:45.

Ticket reservations can be made via email by contacting Mrs. Tara Hoffman at [email protected]

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 10.05.34 PMSeussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza written by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Once On This Island”). The two have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters from a host of the author’s most popular books.

There are 82 students in the cast, directed by Matthew Tracey and assisted by EMS teachers Jennifer Badillo, Kat Fairchild, Tara Hoffman, Christopher Wasko, Anthony Duncan, Peter Hohmeister and Marina Jeraci.

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 10.04.31 PMThe opening number, Oh, The Thinks You Can Think, captures the show’s spirit of imagination, as colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos.

The story, narrated in part by the whimsical Cat in the Hat (Samuel Jones), centers around Horton the Elephant (Nathan King), who finds himself faced with a double challenge. Not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (Charlie Wind) 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 (Makenna Goeller).

Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz (Anna Keaveny) never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

Also featured in the world of Whoville are the Mayor and his wife (Owen Lee & Lydia Garnett). Citizens of the jungle include the Sour Kangaroo (Grace Marinelli), the mischievous Wickersham Brothers (James Mair, Thomas Mair, Thomas Hoffmesiter, Matthew Meyers, and Aidan Munoz), and the Bird Girls (Rachel Alliker, Fiona Glass, Mackenzie Madden, Lily Weigel, Emily Alogna, and Lucia Maclean).

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