‘Seussical’ brings Dr. Seuss characters to Wild Rose
With a young cast and the opportunity to showcase their unique personalities, Director Ryan Dummer selected “Seussical” as this year’s Wild Rose Middle/High School fall musical.
Based off the books of “Horton Hears a Who”, “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz”, the Wild Rose Middle/High School musical brings a variety of characters from Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s books to the stage at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2, 3 and 4.
The story is centered in the imagination of a boy named JoJo who brings the Cat in the Hat to life. As the narrator, the Cat in the Hat creates an entire world around JoJo, while the musical follows the adventures of Horton.
Horton, an elephant who hears the voices of the Whos coming from a speck of dust, spends a large portion of the musical sitting on Mayzie LaBird’s egg while she’s on vacation. Upon finding out no one in the Jungle of Nool believes him other than his neighbor, Gertrude McFuzz, Horton continues to believe the Whos exist and works hard to protect them no matter the situation that arises.
Dummer, in his second year as director at Wild Rose, chose “Seussical” due to the size of the cast. “Being a small school and having a limited number of students to work with, we really liked the show and thought the kids would like it since it is newer,” he said.
With a 24-person cast and a range of parts up for grabs it would be the middle school students and the talent they would bring to the stage that would dominate many of the lead roles.
With sophomore Chloe Rajkowski taking on the role of the Cat in the Hat, it would be 8th graders Tobin Rajkowski, Brook Rait and Nina Skweres and 7th grader Anna Maas who would receive many of the larger parts in the production.
Upon hearing the middle/high school students would be performing “Seussical”, Skweres initially thought it would be a challenge due to the world Dr. Seuss has created in his books. “I thought it was going to be really hard because it is all nonsense words and a lot of rhyming words,” she said. “But, it’s going really well so far.”
After Chloe Rajkowski found out she would be playing the Cat in the Hat she was excited upon learning she would have the opportunity to interact with the audience, the pit and the other actors on stage.
“I basically act with everyone because I am kind of the narrator, so I am involved in everything,” she said.