'Seussical the Musical' coming to BFUHS

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BELLOWS FALLS >> "Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Bellows Falls Union High School Drama department presents "Seussical," a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The cast will lovingly bring to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant played by Paulryan Chipman, The Cat in the Hat, performed by Jackson Purdy, Gertrude McFuzz, played by Zoe Schemm, lazy Mayzie, performed by Sophia Cardini, and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo played by Emily Wunderle. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Performances will be this Friday at 7 p.m., then two shows on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages, including local elementary and middle school students, are excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides creative opportunities for set, lighting, and costume design. An alternate orchestration is available in keys more appropriate for a female Cat-in-the-Hat.

At the Bellows Falls Union High School auditorium, 406 High School Rd., Westminster. Tickets are $5.


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