By John Anderson
While there are many famous Dr. Seuss quotes out there, one has meaning for the young actors, singers and dancers at Auburn High School: “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.” On the weekend of April 29th, the auditorium at Auburn High is “where to go” when Suessical the Musical will be performed.
The musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty debuted in 2000 and has received rave reviews in every venue. 99 Auburn St. will not be an exception to this history. The show is primarily based on three Dr. Seuss books: Horton Hears a Who, Horton Hatches the Egg, and Miss Gertrude McFuzz.
During a rehearsal visit last Wednesday, a few things were obvious. The cast knew their lines, knew their music, knew their dances, and knew where to be on stage. And, there were still over two weeks until the curtain is pulled open for the first time. Even without costumes, the lovable Seuss characters came through, and the set is taking shape as well.
Director Krissi Forgues said, “There is eye-popping technology that has never been seen on the Auburn stage.” Since she has also assisted the middle school musicals for years, Forgues has worked with nearly all of the cast members for six years. “We’ve all evolved so much.”
The Music Director is Virginia Bailey, and the Choreographer is Jackie Johnson. The set was designed by Beth Fadden while Bill Wright is the Tech Director and Kevin McGerigle is the Lighting Designer.
Key characters are Cat in the Hat: Zachary Taylor; JoJo: Tea Belog; Horton the Elephant: Will Erickson; Gertrude McFuzz: Serena Kelly; Mayzie la Bird: Angelique Davis; Sour Kangaroo: Renee Morin; and General Schmitz: Sean Campbell. The show will also feature the debut of Emmet Campbell as The Elephant Bird.
Tickets can be purchased on line at fame01501.yapsody.com for $10.00 each. Students and Seniors are $8.00 each. The price will be reduced to $7.00 per ticket for groups of eight or more for the Sunday matinee.
And remember, “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” So, put this show on your calendar, buy your tickets, and prepare to be entertained.