Whimsical, playful, musical Seussical Jr. opens Friday


BRATTLEBORO - The multi-talented students of the New England Youth Theatre’s summer program will treat Brattleboro audiences with the musical production of Seussical Jr. Opening on Friday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m., the musical promises an evening of colorful, playful, high-energy entertainment that is sure to warm the heart and tickle the inner child in everyone. The first scene introduces Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and an unnamed boy with ‘Oh the thinks you can think!’ the play continues with Horton the Elephant as he enters to again hear a Who on a speck of dust, only to be taunted and ridiculed during his interactions with over 15 other beloved Dr. Seuss characters. Characters such as The Cat in the Hat who lurks throughout, Gertrude McFuzz and her one-feathered tail, Yertle the Turtle who presides as judge, the flighty Mayzie LaBird and many more. Dialoguing is in the recognizable and pleasingly fun Seuss-style anapestic meter as these lovable creatures take your imagination from the Jungle of Nool to Circus McGurkus and back again. It is a story about friendship and loyalty, responsibility and vanity. It is about accepting our differences, or as Horton puts it, "A person’s a person, no matter how small." It’s a story about conflict and sticking to your guns in what you believe, all wrapped in a comical, musical frolic with jungle animals and Wickershams, brought to you by a youthful cast of 35 actors and actresses ranging in age from 12 to 19. It closes out with the all-time favorite Green Eggs and Ham cementing that whimsical feeling for the audience. Seussical Jr. is not just for the youngsters! It is pure entertainment for all ages who are young at heart.

Choreographed and directed by Brattleboro’s emmy-nominated Alisa Hauser and musical director Deniz Cordell, the musical score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Seussical Jr. is the shortened version of Broadway’s Seussical that debuted in 2000. Hauser, a Broadway veteran, brings to the production a high level of expectation of her cast, and it shows. The cast is focused and professional, shedding their pre-performance youthful giddiness to become creatures of Seuss’ imagination on the curtain call.

The cast members will have had three weeks of practice, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily under their belts by opening night to bring to perfection this fun, light-hearted musical that packs a powerful moral punch.

According to Hauser, "It is going to be amazing, and the kids are fantastic." Hauser is obviously very proud of the cast members.

Performances are Aug. 8 through 16, Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. On Saturdays and on Sunday, Aug. 10 there are also performance at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org or at the NEYT box office in person, or by phone 802-246-6398, from noon to 5 p.m. only on Wednesdays. The New England Youth Theatre is located on 100 Flat St., Brattleboro Tickets are $15 adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for students.

Thank you to the sponsors The Richards Group and The Brattleboro Savings and Loan Association.

Cicely M. Eastman may be reached at 802-254-2311 x261 or at ceastman@reformer.com.


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