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'Seussical' brings beloved characters to life

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Nora Miller, right, as Mayzie, sings while working a scene with Erik Klaus, left, as the Cat in the Hat, during a rehearsal for "Seussical the Musical" April 18 at Marysville High School. Performances are scheduled April 26-28.

Horton the Elephant, The Whos and, of course, The Cat in the Hat, are beloved Dr. Seuss characters that will take the stage as part of Marysville High School's spring production, Seussical the Musical, April 26-28.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. April 26 and 27 and 3 p.m. April 28.

Approximately 75 students are involved in the production, including those who are performing, painting and building sets.

Seussical, a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, debuted on Broadway in 2000. It is based on the books of Dr. Seuss.

"This particular show has a lot of opportunities for many principal performers to shine and the chorus numbers are fun, too. The music is extraordinarily catchy," said co-director Lois Everitt, MHS language arts teacher.

Students have been rehearsing since early February.

"As the performance date approaches, it is neat to see the sense of camaraderie really gel with them all. Everyone fits in, in the drama group," Everitt said.

Anyone who attends the play will see students singing catchy songs and saying ridiculous "Seuss-like" lines, she said.

"I wholeheartedly expect a few moments when the audience will say, 'Wow, those kids are amazing!' Seuss is fun, mischievous and entertaining," Everitt added.

This is not Everitt's first go-round with musicals in Marysville schools. She has worked on Bunsold Middle School musicals in the past.

Choir director Mike Robertson, Everitt's co-director for Seussical the Musical, has also directed plays in the past and asked Everitt to help with the drama club this year.

"I was thrilled to do so," she said. "I have always been an avid performing arts enthusiast and taught several theater studies classes at MHS. "

Everitt thinks artistic performances that give students the opportunity to appear in front of the community are wonderful experiences for them.

"We all want to be noticed -- and to put it all out there on stage requires a particular brand of bravery which is so beneficial to self-esteem," she said. "Not to mention, we have some amazing talent here in Marysville, Ohio, and this is the perfect way to showcase that talent."

MHS senior Erik Klaus plays the Cat in the Hat. Daniel Gibson, another senior, portrays Horton. Junior Katherine Rogers plays Jojo.

Everitt credits MHS art teacher Shelly Hasser, Robertson and high school industrial arts teacher Max Corbett with making the play happen.

"Mr. Corbett, especially, has such an incredible warm and fun way with kids and it is so great to see him get them involved in creating something they are proud of. The sets are so cool," she said.

Tickets for Seussical the Musical are $8 for adults and $5 for students.