The wondrous world of Dr. Seuss is being performed at Grain Valley High School today and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Featuring nearly every Dr. Seuss character known, the musical is a collection of 15 Seuss stories that intertwine, along with 39 songs. From “Horton Hears a Who” to “The Cat in the Hat,” the cast provides the entire Seuss universe on stage.
“This show is purely based on imagination,” says Grain Valley theater instructor and “Seussical” director Tiffany Brown.
But why would older high schoolers choose a play that is generally geared toward elementary-aged children?
“Because it’s incredibly flexible,” said Brown. “To be quite honest and frank, this is my first year teaching theater at Grain Valley. You have the ability to add extra parts and not leave anybody out of the production. It’s totally interpretive where only imagination is the limit. This was a great way to get to know Grain Valley students better.”
The cast and crew have embraced the world of Seuss, too. Brown said one student sitting near the principal’s office was incredibly excited and eagerly stopped her wanting to know when the production would begin.
“Anybody knows Dr. Seuss,” says Brown. “It appeals to everyone.”
On top of those reasons behind selecting “Seussical” as this year’s musical, the overall familiarity of the Seuss world made the production run more smoothly. “We have quite a few first-timers performing as well. I think it connected everyone involved.”
The cast and crew had their debut with Sni-A-Bar Elementary students in attendance earlier this week. Although anxious at first, once they heard the laughter and “ah’s” of nearly 500 kids their confidence on stage immediately boosted, according to Brown. “They will perform exceptionally well Friday and Saturday nights.”
So why should the community attend this musical?
“Live theater is always worth attending,” says Brown. “No show is ever the same. The cast and crew have put so much imagination and fun into the play that it won’t disappoint.”
Grain Valley High School’s “Seussical” runs Friday and Saturday at the school’s auditorium. Both showtimes are 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for child and students and $7 for adults. Tickets can be purchased on the night of the performance.