LMS plans salute to Seuss
By JEFF GATES
For The Madison Press
Oh, the Thinks they will think.
In the land of Dr. Seuss, Thinks are dreams – the ability to put together any mixture of impossible ideas to make a picture.
London Middle School is doing exactly that as they present ‘Seussical Jr,’ a salute to the magic of Dr. Seuss, tonight and Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Each performance will take place in the London High School Auditorium and tickets are $5 each.
Veteran director Stephanie Stephens assembles this colorful group of characters who will take the young – and young at heart – through a land of endless possibilities.
And what would any Seuss-like adventure be without rhyming? Here is a sampling of what is in store.
As the narrator, Taylor Boyd plays Seuss’ famous cat, the one who is recognized by the tall, colorful hat.
She shows the smallest Who – JoJo – all of the tricks. JoJo is played by Ruth Peart, in grade six.
- The Cat in the Hat (Taylor Boyd, left) and Mayzie la Bird (Brooke Kelly) enjoy a little island vacation during London Middle School’s presentation of Seussical Jr, presented tonight and Thursday at 7 p.m. in the London High School Auditorium.
The story revolves around Horton the Elephant who befriends a tiny village that lives on a clover. But as Aaron Gates’ character shows, the search to help even the smallest of pals is never over.
For the Who village to be heard, they all need to shout. That goes double for JoJo’s mom and dad, played by Shevy Miller and Cameron Stout.
Elena Richardson plays Gertrude, the bird with one feather. She tries hard to make it so she and Horton are together.
In contrast, Mayzie the bird has feathers galore. Played by Brooke Kelly, for Horton this bird has a big surprise in store.
Hopping in the mix is Hannah Coleman as the Sour Kangaroo, helping to instruct the other residents of the Jungle of Nool as to what they should do.
There are Bird Girls, and fish, and even the Grinch to carry the audience through. You will also see Seuss favorites like Yertle the Turtle, the Wickershams, and Thing One and Thing Two.
For a fun night of Seuss merriment, come one, come all. Because as one of the musical’s main messages states – ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small.’