The Seuss is loose at MHS

What would happen if many of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters came to life – and could sing?

Those visiting the spring production of the Marshalltown High School drama department this weekend will find out.

The students and staff are presenting “Seussical” the musical at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is based on the books of Dr. Seuss that are a right of passage for many children to read. Leading the MHS production as director is teacher Rebecca Erickson.

Erickson said in recent years they have done classic musicals and with “Seussical” they are changing it up with a more modern show. The musical provides some funny moments with memorable characters and will be appropriate for all ages to attend, she said.

“The songs are really beautiful and they really showcase the voices and the talent the students have,” said Erickson. “And we have fabulous costumes again.”

The recent winter weather led to the cancellation of two rehearsals, but Erickson is happy with how far the cast has come and feels they are ready.

“We’re really feeling strong about where we’re at,” she said. “The kids have really worked hard.”

Joe Cahill, a junior at MHS, plays Cat in the Hat, who is one of the lead characters in the production. He said the crowd can expect a fun show this weekend.

“I think they can expect a wonderful show with a lot of excitement,” Cahill said. “It’s just a really unique show.”

Other lead characters are Boy/JoJo played by David Braga, Horton the Elephant played by Bryce King, Gertrude McFuzz played by Grace Franck, Mr. Mayor played by Dylan Hutzel and Mrs. Mayor played by Libby Crawford.

Dozens of other MHS students are involved as characters, dancers, circus performers and musicians.

The musical has two acts with one 10-minute intermission and features a pit orchestra conducted by Amy Ose. Erickson expects the show to last just more than 90 minutes.

Tickets are expected to be available at the door and are $3 for students kindergarten through eighth grade, $5 for adults and activity tickets will be honored.