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Like Dr. Seuss? Give "Seussical the Musical" show a go?

Like Dr. Seuss? Give "Seussical the Musical" show a go?

November 16th, 2017 in Life & Entertainment

Some of the most well-known Dr. Seuss stories will be coming together this weekend locally on stage, and the show is fit for people of any age.

"Most people like Dr. Seuss. It brings back childhood memories for people," Jarrod Hendricks said. Hendricks is the musical director for Jefferson City High School's production of "Seussical the Musical."

He said "the big four" Dr. Seuss stories interwoven into the show's narrative will be "Horton Hears a Who!," "Oh the Thinks You Can Think!," "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham."

"Horton Hears a Who!" will be the show's backbone out of the lot, but the rest of the books and others have been brought in to thicken the plot.

Hendricks said this is the first time JCHS has performed "Seussical," though it's been out for about 10 years.

The majority of the cast is Dr. Seuss characters, he said, including Thing One, Thing Two, an imaginative child and Whos, he added.

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The Cat in the Hat will also be roaming about in the audience, and overall, he said the show will feature lots of great colors and catchy songs.

Most characters have speaking roles, and there's lot of music too, with an original score. He said 63 students are involved in total in putting on the show, including those in the pit orchestra and backstage.

Hendricks' wife and he built the sets, centered around a nest with an egg Horton the elephant incubates.

Shawna Hendricks and Cheryl Nichols are the show's assistant music directors.

Zachary McKinney is the director of "Seussical."

All performances will be at the Miller Performing Arts Center, 501 Madison St.

The first show time is at noon Friday, a senior citizen matinee. Opening night will follow at 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday will also feature two performances, a matinee at noon and the other at 6 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door an hour before show time. Adults are $7 and students are $5.