Johnstown Independent


Northridge students to promote acceptance through 'Seussical'


Northridge High School students will bring the Cat in the-Hat and Whoville to the stage March 14-16, when they present Seussical The Musical.

The show focuses on Horton The Elephant, who discovers a tiny community of Whos on a dust speck.

Against the ridicule of others, Horton learns to stand up to opposition as he discovers that a person is a person no matter how small.

Meanwhile, JoJo, a child from the Who community, encounters the Cat in the Hat, who makes JoJo's imagination come alive and teaches that anything is possible.

Musical director Jessica Weiss said the show has a positive message about being yourself and staying true to your beliefs.

"Horton the Elephant is the ideal role model, standing up for his beliefs even when it is not the popular thing to do," she said. "In the words of Dr. Seuss, 'Today you are you; that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.' "

Forty-four Northridge High School students will be dressed in colorful costumes, performing energetic dance numbers while accompanied by a live orchestra.

"Attendees can look forward to being wowed with our musical talent, amazing set, live musicians, choreography and costumes," said Jackie Parrill, parent volunteer. "This is a very different musical than anything Northridge has put together recently and sends a positive message home with viewers about the importance of accepting people for who they are and standing up for what you believe in."

She said the musical has a wonderful balance of comedy, romance and drama.

"There is something for everyone to enjoy," Parrill said.

Some of the musical numbers are Oh Thinks you Can Think, Here on Who and Biggest Blame Fool in the Jungle of Nool.

Students are cast in the following lead roles: Horton The Elephant, senior Vincent Sanfillipo; Gertrude McFuzz, sophomore Leyna Varney; Cat in the Hat, sophomore Miguel Disbennett; JoJo, senior Jessica Nincehelser; Mr. Mayor, senior Ryan Trimble; Mayzie Labird, sophomore Kaelin Curran; General Gengus Kham Schmitz, senior Jesse Kanavel; The Sour Kangaroo, sophomore Jamie Comisford; The Grinch, sophomore Ian Pokorny; and Mrs. Mayor, sophomore Trisha McConnell.

Performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15. The Sunday, March 16, show will begin at 3 p.m. Performances will be at the Northridge High School auditorium, 6066 Johnstown-Utica Road.

Ticket cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

To pre-order tickets, call 740-967-6671. Tickets also are available at the door prior to each performance.