Have you ever seen a cat in a striped hat dance?
For the Cat in the Hat, anything is possible. You’ll see the world of Dr. Seuss come to life in Marshfield Community Theatre’s production of "Seussical: The Musical," which has upcoming shows June 27-30.
It’s a show jam-packed with your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge, as he must not only protect the Whos from the dangers of a world bigger than them, but he also guard an abandoned egg.
When I saw the production on Thursday, June 20, I was impressed by the colorful scenery, the fast-paced choreography and the characters. It was like stepping into a different world. If you’re familiar with Dr. Seuss’ illustrations and style, you’ll notice platforms and props in the production that resemble illustrations from his books. Not only that, but there are references to so many Dr. Seuss books in the musical numbers and dialogue, such as “Horton Hears a Who,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”
Another interesting aspect of the production is the cast. Each one has a unique role in the show. Their expressions and dialogue with each other help the plot go along smoothly, and the musical numbers give the cast some additional flare. After the show, I talked to some of the cast members and I learned how much time they invested into getting the dance moves down. According to one cast member, it took them about 10 weeks to get everything perfected.
The production isn’t just something for kids. There are life lessons that adults can take away from it, such as facing your fears, getting out of your head and standing out from the crowd. Horton the Elephant, played by Daniel Bush, struggles with his own personal battles and chooses to stand out from the other animals to protect the Whos. Jojo, played by Kaydence Cameron, gets in trouble by her parents for being overly imaginative and “thinking” too much. It’s their creativity that helps them both maintain a positive attitude and overcome their problems.
“Seussical: The Musical” is a unique and fun experience that audiences of all ages will enjoy. You still have an opportunity to see MCT’s production. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on June 27, 28 and 29 and at 3 p.m. on June 30 at the Carl and Glessie Young Auditorium. Up-to-date ticket information is available at www.marshfieldtheatre.org.