WEST MILTON — When the curtain goes up at Milton-Union High School tonight, the audience will be transported to a fantastical — and perhaps familiar — world.
Students in grades K-12 will present “Seussical,” a musical based on 17 of Dr. Seuss’ beloved stories.
“I think the audience is simply going to enjoy a sweet and funny musical that is appropriate for all ages,” director Kellie Mahaney said. “The singing and acting is well done and the cast is having a lot of fun in performing it.”
The show features many favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination — Jojo.
The Cat in the Hat (Reagan Herndon) tells the story of Horton the Elephant (Levi Todd), who discovers a speck of dust containing the invisible world of the Whos. Nikolas Brown plays Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”
The cast also includes Megan Renney as Mayzie, Bethany Johnson as Gertrude McFuzz, and Katie Lehman as the Sour Kangaroo. These colorful characters transport theater-goers from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus and beyond.
In addition to protecting the world of the Whos, Horton finds himself guarding an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird (Renney.)
Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz (Johnson) never loses faith in him.
Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, Mahaney said.
The show opens Nov. 19 and runs through Nov. 21. “Suessical” starts at 7 p.m. each night in the Milton-Union High School auditeria. Tickets will be sold at the door and cost $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Reach Cecilia at [email protected] or (937) 552-2205.