London youth musical plays around with Dr. Seuss stories
Seussical the Musical is on at the Palace Theatre until Sunday, presented by London Youth Theatre Education.
The Play: Seussical the Musical, with music and book by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics and book by Lynn Ahrens, presented by London Youth Theatre Education (LYTE), directed and choreographed by Ruth Noonan with musical direction by Ben Leibovitz
The Show: First produced in 2000, Seussical the Musical is based on the children’s stories of Dr. Seuss, with the plot based mostly on Horton Hears a Who! with several other stories incorporated. Horton is an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton must protect the Whos, but also guard an abandoned egg left by Mayzi La Bird. Horton suffers ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial but never loses the support of Gertrude McFuzz.
The Quote: “Seussical combines elements from many of Dr. Seuss’ stories, such as Horton Hears a Who, Cat in The Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Oh the Places You’ll Go, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but it isn’t just a retelling of Dr. Seuss stories. Seussical is its own complex story using some of Dr. Seuss’ most lovable characters in an incredibly creative way. . . . The musical numbers are from many different genres, such as Motown, Latin, pop, funk and gospel to keep audiences dancing in their seats. Dr. Seuss’s stories are universal, offering characters and situations that everyone can identify with. Seussical shows us the meaning of community, and the need to treat every person with value and respect.”
— director Ruth Noonan
IF YOU GO
What: Seussical the Musical, presented by London Youth Theatre Education (LYTE)
When: Thursday to Saturday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.
Where: The Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St.
Tickets: Adults $16, youth $11, available at the box office, online at www.palacetheatre.ca or by calling 519-432-1029