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Favorite Dr. Seuss characters come alive at OHS

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Dakota Sellars, playing Gertrude, sings a song during rehearsal Monday, April 15, for Seussical: The Musical at Olentangy High School.

If the Cat in the Hat met Yertle the Turtle, the new musical production from the Olentangy High School theater department might be the result.

Three performances of Seussical: The Musical are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19-21, at Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Road.

The whimsical play is a mash-up of the most popular stories by Dr. Seuss set to an upbeat musical score.

It tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a world of microscopic people living on the head of a flower.

Loosely following the plot of picture book Horton Hears a Who, the story thrusts the starring elephant into worlds he never saw in any of his standalone Seuss stories.

He is caught in the middle of a war over whether toast should be eaten butter-side-up or butter-side-down, then is put on trial by an indignant kangaroo.

Through the course of his adventure, he even comes face to face with the Lorax and the Grinch.

"It takes all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters and combines them into one story," said student director Sophie Tran.

In typical Seuss fashion, the show is told almost entirely in tongue-twisting rhymes and musical verses.

The orchestra will play right on stage as dozens of characters prance around in flashy song-and-dance numbers.

"The dance numbers are huge," said cast member Liz Halter. "They are so upbeat and elaborate and lot of fun."

Crew members are preparing colorful set pieces such as fluffy Truffula trees from The Lorax and jumping, smiling sea creatures from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Dozens of colorful costumes will bring the world of Dr. Seuss to life.

Special effects such as a shimmering backdrop covered in stars will add to the show's visual appeal.

Cast members said the play will engage audience members directly, and characters sometimes leave the stage to sing and dance in the aisles.

Children will be delighted by the bright visuals and fun songs, and adults will have fun remembering their favorite Seuss stories, stage manager Sandhya Arya said.

Cast members promised plenty of twists and turns, even for hardcore Seuss fans.

"There won't be a single bored person in the audience," Arya said.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults.