Seussical coming to townPublished 12:38pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Radney Elementary students to perform Dr. Seuss-inspired play
Horton will hear Whos, The Cat in the Hat will make mischief and other colorful characters will sing and make merry when Seussical Jr. comes to the stage at Radney Elementary School.
Radney Drama Club will present the production twice on Thursday, three times Friday and once on Sunday with an admission fee of $5.
Seussical Jr. tells the plight of Horton – who tries to protect the people of Who-ville, who live on a tiny speck of dust – but also incorporates characters and storylines from a number of other Dr. Seuss tales.
“It’s a little harder than I thought it’d be, but I still like it,” said Allanah Burton, who plays Gertrude McFuzz, a blue bird with tail problems who hopes to win the heart of Horton the Elephant.
Shannon Culver, Drama Club director, said she thinks Seussical Jr. will appeal to all ages.
“I love Dr. Seuss,” Culver said. “I love (Seussical) because it brings all the Dr. Seuss characters together into one big show.”
Culver said they began working on the show in October, after drama club auditions gave her 91 students with whom to work.
“We’ve done lots of different acting activities to learn about how to act like different characters,” Culver said.”It’s helped a lot of our students … to get over some shyness. We’ve got kids that are from all walks of life … I really love that drama club is bringing together a lot of kids that don’t come together in a normal setting.
“It just gives everyone a place to shine.”
Bea Graves, who plays a singer and Mayzie LaBird, said being in the show has made her more confident.
“Now that I’ve sung in front of the whole drama group, I feel like I can sing in front of anybody,” Bea said.
Culver said the students have really enjoyed the “wacky characters” and have jumped into the show whole-heartedly.
“It’s all about how to value others,” Culver said. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Allanah said she thinks the audience will really enjoy the show, especially “the way that all the characters blend in with the scenery and how poufy and elaborate the costumes are.”
Others adults helping with the production include Kristi Moncrief, Crystal Phillips, Patricia Burley, Kiersten Mattox, and parent volunteers.
Culver said they are hoping for a great turnout.
Performances are Thursday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Friday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or check.
“It’s just a good way to spotlight Radney,” Culver said.