OSCODA – The Oscoda High School (OHS) Musical Theater Class students will unlock the imaginations of Oscoda citizens when they bring the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird, the Whos in Whoville and other Seuss favorites to life with their production of Seussical JR.
It was announced on Monday by the Cat in the Hat and Drew Cohen, president and CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI). Co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle, Seussical JR. combines Dr. Seuss tales (…and tails!) using the plinker-plunker of many musical styles – ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk – as colorful as the classic books.
“It takes a lot of creativity and focus to bring this whimsical world to life, while communicating its subtle themes and meaningful lessons,” said Cohen. “MTI hopes their audience outnumbers all the Whos in Whoville.”
MTI, through its MTI’s Broadway Junior™ division, works with the authors of classic musicals to create special editions suitable for students to perform.
“Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue with a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you,” says the Cat in the Hat.
Horton will hear a Who and cheerful chaos will ensue when OHS’s Musical Theater Class presents Seussical JR. on Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at OHS. Tickets are $6 each and will be available at the door.
Seussical JR. begins with a young girl named JoJo who conjures up the Cat in the Hat with her powerful imagination and is whisked to the Jungle of Nool for a fantastical adventure. There, JoJo learns of the plight of the tiny citizens of Whoville, who live on a planet the size of a speck of dust.
Their sole protector is Horton the Elephant, who is the only one with large and sensitive enough ears to hear them bipping and beeping and playing their oompahs. The small world is threatened by Sour Kangaroo and the Wickersham Brothers, who in disbelief that a world could be so small, try to steal the dust-speck so they can boil it in a vat of beezle-nut oil.
During all of this drama, Horton has not noticed that he has an admirer, Gertrude McFuzz. She blames his indifference on her one-feather short tail and endeavors to find a way to change her looks. Meanwhile, Horton’s friend, Mayzie La Bird, is bored of perching on her nest, and convinces the watchful elephant to sit on her egg so she can take a vacation.
The Cat follows all of these storylines and finally casts the girl into her own story as the irresponsible daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mayor of Whoville, JoJo, who ultimately saves her whole tiny world with one big, imaginative “think.”
Seussical JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International 423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 (212) 541-4684, mtishows.com.