MIDDLEPORT — The Royalton Hartland school drama department will present the musical Seussical at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the high school auditorium, 54 State St. Based on the books of Dr. Seuss, the musical features Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant and a host of other beloved characters.
The story is told by the cat who visits the many Seuss stories with JoJo (Jordyn Bobzien). The story is built around Horton the elephant, who finds a dust speck on which he hears people from Whoville. He decides to protect them as best he can. Later he helps a friend and ends up sitting on an egg for Mayzie La Bird (Mackenzie Rothwell) while she goes off and has a wonderful vacation.
Gertrude (Madison Pratt), a bird with a very small tail, befriends Horton and helps him protect his little Who friends as well as care for the egg that he remains on. Meanwhile, Cat visits the Circus, Solla Sollew and the Butter Battlefield and thinks up many fun things to do and explore.
Songs from the show are varied and full of energy. The message is that you can think up any kind of thoughts in your imagination and there, in your thoughts, anything is possible.
The main cast includes: Charlie Brigham, Cat in the Hat; Madison Pratt, Gertrude McFuzz; Logan Edwards, Horton the elephant; Mackenzie Rothwell, Mayzie La Bird; Meghan Washington, Sour Kangaroo; Jordyn Bobzien, JoJo; Hunter Pratt, Genneral Schmitz; Sophia Weber, Mrs. Mayor; Edward Murphy, Mr. Mayor; Jacob Higgins, the Grinch; Jacob Hagen, Vlad Vladikoff; district Superintendent Hank Stopinski, Judge Yertle the Turtle; Isabelle Covert, Paige Dent, Maddy Groffenberg, Adrianna Gutierrez and Mackenzie White, the Bird Girls; Miles Clarke, Nikolas Gutierrez, Jacob McKernan, Justin McKernan, Alex Murray and Justin Strothmann, the Wickershams; Hanna Willard, Thing One; and Allison Dent, Thing Two.
Ensemble cast members are Maddy Armagost, Crystalina Baumer, Elise Baumer, Malorie Dietz, Jessica Donner, Destanie Giertz, Chelsie Gutierrez, Haley Hallows, Rylee Hallows, Allison Haley, Arianna Hayes, Madison Kelley, Abby MacNeal, Sam Mikits, Abigail Murphy, Brooke Noble, Abigail Pratt, Ella Seib, Isabella Santella, Sophia Santella, Gabriella Smith, Paige Smith, Jennifer Sparks, Mercy Walker, Nadia White, Rio Wood and Emmaline Verratti.
Little Whos are portrayed by Izabella Bloom, Isabella Cercone, Brooke Corser, Mailynn Dick, Brianna Elko, Emily Froman, Zamora Garcia, Peyton Griffith, Norah Klug, Kiersten Kraatz, Mackenzie Landers, Tyler Rothwell, Ciera Sanchez Cacique, Quinn Schmidt, Brooklynn Schumacher, Ryan Townsend, Karisma Washington and Jase Waters. The Lion is portrayed by Harper Schmidt.
Seussical is directed by Kathy Bleiler-Dick and produced by Carol Blumrick with musical assistance from Kathy Pease and the pit orchestra under the direction of Gerry Bacon. Lead choreographer is Susan Rothwell. Set building is by Shane Pedini and set design is by Heather Pedini. Sound and lighting direction is by Chris Schaus. The costume maker is Peggy Hanavan.
Advance tickets are available through the school website and at rhmusicparents.tix.com . Reserved seats are $9 and general admission at the door is $6. No student or senior discounts are available.