Seussical, a musical for children aged six to 12, premiered on Thu, Nov. 10, 2011, at the Young People’s Theatre in Toronto. It was a huge success.
The main characters are the Cat in the Hat, played by Damien Atkins; Horton, played by George Masswohl;
and Jojo, played by Jennifer Villaverde.
All of the actors performed beautifully in the musical. It was fun entertainment, especially with the words all rhyming. Not one mistake was seen during the show. One very funny moment is when Gertrude, a lone bird played by Jane Johonson can’t even walk because of how long her tail was! Gertrude is a quiet bird. She can’t fit in with anyone and she’s Horton’s neighbor. She has a crush on Horton and a little one feathered tail. When Gertrude finds out how her tail can get more beautiful, she jumps for the chance. Trying to impress Horton,
Gertrude’s tail grows too big and too heavy. She has to drag it and that makes her very slow. That is why she cannot save Horton when the hunters trap him. She tries to fly to save him, but her tail is in the way.
The story is a mixture of all of Dr. Seuss’s stories. It is about how Horton protects the Whos and how he loses them. Horton is captured by hunters while he has to babysit Mayzie’s egg, which distracted him from finding
the Whos. Mayzie, played by Sharron Mathews, goes on vacation. The hunters sell Horton to the circus. Mayzie sees him but makes no attempt to save him. It was Gertrude who saves him and finds the Whos. She plucks her tail to only one feather so she could fly again.
Mayzie’s egg hatches and it is an elephant with wings! Gertrude and Horton decide to raise it together as a family.
Other characters in the cast are Sour Kangaroo, played by Nichola Lawrence, three monkeys played by Desmond Osborne, David Lopez and Dale Miller and two other birds played by Natasha O’Brien and Bethany Kovarik.
“I would recommend this show, two thumbs up!” says Robert Gontier, an adult who watched the musical. He really liked it. The director of this musical, Allen Maccinis enjoyed the hard work of the performers and he was proud that the show was a success.
Maccinis wasn’t sure if the show would be a big hit. He traveled to New York to see an earlier version of it. He decided to buy the script and changed it up a little before he allowed it to be shown in Toronto.
Maggie Primeau and Asa Pattison, both four-years-old, were very excited to watch the musical.They had been at the Young People’s Theatre last year to watch Frog and Toad, which they enjoyed.
After the musical, there were cake and snacks to eat. The cake was in a rectangular shape with a picture of the Cat in the Hat on it. The other snacks were cucumbers, sweet peppers, crakers, cheese, and carrots dipped in salad sauce, and there were also nachos dipped in fresh salsa.
In both lobbies, the rooms were filled with people enjoying the snacks and lining up for cake that the staff provided.
Other than the delicious snacks, there was also a juice stand. There were mango, orange andapple juice for everybody to drink.