4/28/16 ‘Seussical’ takes stories beyond the page

‘Seussical’ takes stories beyond the page
Three area schools unite for production
By Michael Basirico , Times-News correspondent
, The Times-News 4/28/16  
Reprinted with permission.

Josh Johnson (Horton the Elephant) rehearses a scene from “Seussical the Musical.”  

Photos by Baley Sutton / Special to The Times-News

Josh Johnson (Horton the Elephant) rehearses a scene from “Seussical the Musical.”

 
Crysta Heady (Gertrude McFuzz) and Josh Johnson (Horton the elephant) star in the production of “Seussical the Musical” today through Saturday in the Graham High School auditorium, 903 Trollinger Road, Graham.  

Crysta Heady (Gertrude McFuzz) and Josh Johnson (Horton the elephant) star in the production of “Seussical the Musical” today through Saturday in the Graham High School auditorium, 903 Trollinger Road, Graham.

 

   “Horton Hears A Who,” “Horton Hatches The Egg” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz” can all be found in Graham High School’s presentation of “Seussical The Musical” this weekend.

   Show times are 7 p.m. today through Saturday in the Graham High School auditorium, 903 Trollinger Road, Graham. It will be performed by North Graham Elementary, Graham Middle School and Graham High School students.

   “ ‘Seussical’ is a show that takes the Dr. Seuss classics beyond the page, and onto the stage, with characters such as Horton, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, and many other friends along the journey. With troubles along the way, Horton learns that being one hundred percent faithful of your promises can not only make you feel happy, but help you gain friends along the way,” said Baley Sutton, a junior at Graham High School and publicity lead for the show’s tech crew.

   Based on Dr. Seuss’ children’s books by the same names, the show is composed by Stephen Flaherty, also known for “Ragtime.” “Seussical” began as a small reading in a New York theater in 1999, which later became a bigger known hit, and found its way to Broadway in 2000, as well as two U.S. National tours, beginning in 2002, and a major production that took place in West End, London, beginning in 2012.

   The story describes the adventure created by Horton, as well as his other friends, on their journey to discover what caused the noise, or “the who.”

   The show, Sutton added, “helps you recognize that a person’s a person, no matter how small.”