Mansfield Musical & Dramatic Society
Seussical the Musical
It’s not hard to be enthralled by the magic of Seuss stories, with their delectable bizarreness and moving messages about humanity at large. Seussical the Musical, MMuDS next musical production in November 2109, interweaves several Seuss classics into its plotline.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
It isn't often that a man as beloved as Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, comes along. Dr. Seuss wrote more than 60 books in his lifetime, many of which have become classics in the world of children’s literature. His poetic tongue twisters and inventive illustrations have become iconic to several generations of children all over the world. Dr. Seuss' books are not only fun and full of imagination, but more often than not they teach powerful lessons of self-confidence, kindness, and even political awareness.
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony Award winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with Eric Idle, have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colourful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Who's.
Dr Seuss is, and was very clever at social commentary. The power of his work uses wit and intelligence to hold a mirror up to humanity and all its foibles. Seussical the Musical will definitely appeal to younger audiences, but the inferences within the story-lines gives the audience overall an opportunity to really reflect on human behaviour.
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