Visit a Wondrous World in “Seussical, the Musical” at Kelsey Theatre April 1-10

3/4/05

Visit the wondrous, whimsical world of Dr. Seuss when Playful Theatre Productions presents “Seussical, the Musical!” at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this magical, musical extravaganza are Fridays and Saturdays, April 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, April 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. (Due to the show’s expected family appeal, matinees have been scheduled for both Saturdays and Sundays.) Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. An opening night reception follows the April 1 performance to give the audience a chance to enjoy refreshments with the cast and crew.

This Broadway show is a tribute to the inspired life work of Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel, author and illustrator of 44 children’s books. “Seussical” is a fast-paced series of tales narrated by the Cat in the Hat, Geisel’s most well known character. Popping into the imagination of a boy named JoJo, the Cat leads him on an amazing journey where he meets many of Dr. Seuss' marvelous creatures: Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville!

”Seussical” was conceived by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and created by composer Stephen Flaherty and writer Lynn Ahrens. The show’s memorable, Grammy-nominated musical score cleverly combines Dr. Seuss’ finest themes, using a medley of styles ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk.

Geisel, who died in 1991, was the recipient of two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize. His books are known for their blend of whimsy, zany humor, catchy verse, and outlandish illustrations.

Starring in Seussical are: Michael Schiumo as the Cat in the Hat, Tyler Shamy as Jo Jo, Jarad Benn as Horton the Elephant, Vicky Czarnik as Lazy Mayzie, and Michaela Tomcho as Gertrude McFuzz. A 15- piece live orchestra is led by James Capes. Direction is by Paula Barson and choreography is by Pam Pisani.

The Cat in the Hat is played by Mike Schiumo.

Other cast members include: Ian Amidon as a Wickersham brother, Tom Bessillieu as Mayor of Whoville, John Bocanfusco as a Wickersham brother, Linda Brown as Yertle the Turtle, Rebecca Gerecke as Thing #2, Don Gerecke as a Whoville resident, Connor Gibson as a jungle animal, Katy Hume as a jungle animal, Kristin Keenan as Mrs. Mayor, Kristina Mancini as Bird Girl, Michael Namju as a Wickersham brother, Marcus Scott as a jungle animal/ Whoville resident, Jeff Scharf as a Whoville resident, Arden Walker as Thing #1; Meg Walker as a Whoville resident/jungle animal, Terry Walker as a general, Ben Walker as a Wickersham brother, Hannah Rapaport Stein as Bird Girl, Lindsay Williams as a Whoville resident/jungle animal, and Alyssa Wilkins as Sour Kangaroo.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theatre. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-584-9444. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

For more on events at Kelsey see:

2004-05 Kelsey Performance Schedule
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