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November 21, 22, 23, and 24, 2013, 7pm
(2pm on Nov 24)
Mon Oct 28 3pm  How Lucky /  Wicks
Tue Oct 29 NO REHEARSAL Choral Concert
Wed Oct 30 3pm  Biggest Fool /  Here on Who /  Raise-Child /
Thu Oct 31 3pm All Dance Review (Halloween out by 4:30pm)  Wicks/  Chasing Whos
Fri Nov 1 3pm  Possible /  Alone /  One Feather /  Horton Hears
Mon Nov 4 3pm  Military /  Circus /  Thinks
Tue Nov 5 3pm [12 & 12a] Amazing /  Hunches
Wed Nov 6 3pm  Act I Finale /  People vs Horton
Thu Nov 7 3pm Block/Review Act I
Fri Nov 8 3pm Block /Review Act II
Mon Nov 11 3pm Run All Music/dance
Tue Nov 12 3pm Run Act I / fix music dance
Wed Nov 13 3pm Run Act II / fix music dance
Thu Nov 14 3pm Run Act I&II costumes
Fri Nov 15 3pm Run Act I&II costumes
Mon Nov 18 3pm Dress Rehearsal
Tue Nov 19 3pm Dress Rehearsal
Wed Nov 20 4pm Preview Call 3pm
Thu Nov 21 7pm Show Call 5:30pm
Fri Nov 22 7pm Show Call 5:30pm
Sat Nov 23 7pm Show Call 5:30pm
Sun Nov 24 7pm Show Call 12:30pm
Mon Nov 25 3pm Strike-Set /consumes / props
Boy/Jojo .......................................... Noel Fary
Cat in the Hat . Rohan Chatterjee
Horton ... . . Steven Caraher
Mr Mayor . .. Daniel Straka
Mrs Mayor . Alex Raycroft
Gertrude McFuzz ... . Morgan Papesh
Mayzie LaBird . ..... Collen Kifer
Sour Kangaroo . . Rachel Jamrose
General Ghenigis Khan Schmitz ....................... Calvin Sanders
Yertle the Turtle . . . Thomas Speranza
The Grinich ... Billy McDunn
The Bird Girls
Bess Fary Maddie ODea Hannah Witting
The Wickersham Brothers
Keynne Spork Brandon Yaeger Drew Adams
Hunches, The Fish, The Whos, Jungle Characters, Hunters, Circus Performers
A big thank-you to everyone who auditioned.
We saw some of the best pool of talent at this audition in a long time.
We invite you to work on the
show in some other way.
LAB & Woods
Vocal Schedule for SEUSSICAL!!!!
Monday, October 7 Full Cast 3-4pm
Tuesday, October 8 Full Cast 3-4pm
Wednesday, October 9 Bird Girls 3-4pm
Thursday, October 10 Bird Girls 3-4pm
Friday, October 11 Jungle Animals/Sour/Wicks 3-4pm
Monday, October 14 Jungle Animals/Sour/Wicks 3-4pm
Tuesday, October 15 Mayors/Whos/Jojo/Schmitz/Cadets 3-4pm
Wednesday, October 16 Mayors/Whos/Jojo/Schmitz/Cadets 3-4pm
Thursday, October 17 Horton/Gertrude/Cat/Jojo 3-4pm
Friday, October 18 Horton/Gertrude/Mayzie 3-4pm
Monday, October 21 Horton/Gertrude/Mayzie/Bird Girls 3-4pm
Tuesday, October 22 Cat/Jojo 3-4pm
Wednesday, October 23 Full Cast (Full Show Run) 3-5pm
The play's story is a rather complex amalgamation of many of Seuss's most famous books, and present in a mostly sung-through format. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing 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 to 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.
The Cat in the Hat The mischievous, imaginative, comedic narrator of the show. The Cat acts as a mentor to Jojo throughout the play. The Cat also plays several other characters in the story, including the Bailiff in "The People vs. Horton The Elephant," Jose the pool boy in "Mayzie in Palm Beach," Doctor Dake in "Amazing Gertrude," a piano player, an auctioneer, and others. Some productions have The Cat also play Yertle the Turtle, Vlad Vladikoff, and/or McGurkus. The Cat often breaks the Fourth Wall for comedic effect.
Horton the Elephant A thinker, the outsider, caring, gentle, main character. He tries to protect the Whos and care for the egg Mayzie leaves behind even though the animals think he is crazy. He and Gertrude become the parents of the elephant-bird.
JoJo A thinker, the child of The Mayor and Mrs. Mayor, gets into trouble for thinking. He and Horton bond over the fact that they are outcasts because of what they do (Horton protecting the Whos and Jojo's "thinks"). He is appreciated in the end.
Gertrude McFuzz The loyal bird-neighbor of Horton, she loves him but is shy due to having only one feather for a tail. Horton eventually falls for her and she becomes the mother of the elephant bird in the end.
Mayzie LaBird A vivacious and vain bird who tells Gertrude to take pills so her tail will grow longer, forcing Horton to love her (Gertrude). She is the mother of the elephant-bird Horton and Gertrude adopt but she abandons him and goes to Palm Beach.
The Mayor of Whoville The Mayor of Whoville and the father of JoJo.
Mrs. Mayor The Mayor's wife and mother of JoJo.
Sour Kangaroo The Leader of the Jungle that tells all that Horton is a fool for thinking there are people living on a dust speck. Also the mother of Young Kangaroo.
General Genghis Khan Schmitz The General of the Academy, leads JoJo to war.
The Bird Girls A type of Greek chorus of birds that are Mayzie's friends. They often act as narrators when The Cat is absent.
The Wickersham Brothers Three mischievous monkeys who steal Horton's clover from him.
Young Kangaroo Sour Kangaroo's baby. Can be played by a puppet attached to the Sour Kangaroo's costume or a person. Does everything Sour Kangaroo does.
Cameo / Ensemble Characters
Yertle the Turtle The Judge of the Jungle during the scene "The People Versus Horton the Elephant".
The Grinch Tells his famous Christmas tale
Vlad Vladikoff Hired by the Sour Kangaroo to get rid of the Whos; steals the clover from Horton and drops it in a patch of clovers.
Cindy Lou Who Listens to the Grinch's tale
Max the Dog Acts in the Grinch's tale
Elephant Bird - A surprise character who hatches from Mayzie's egg but the child of Horton and Gertrude
Hunches Visual representations of Jojo's thoughts or hunches
The Fish The fish that Jojo imagines are in McElligot's Pool
The Whos An ensemble
The Jungle Creatures An ensemble
The Hunters They hunt and take Horton to the ship to the circus (sometimes doubled with the Wickersham Brothers)
Circus Performers These are the acts from "Circus McGurkus". They range from clowns to animals to gymnasts.
"Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" Company (except The Grinch and Vlad Vladikoff)
"Our Story Begins"^ The Cat and JoJo
"Horton Hears a Who!"* Bird Girls, Horton and Citizens of the Jungle of Nool
"Biggest Blame Fool" Ensemble
"Here on Who" The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, The Grinch, Whos and Horton
"A Day for the Cat in the Hat" The Cat, Jojo and Cat's Helpers
"It's Possible (In McElligot's Pool)"* JoJo, The Cat and Fish
"How to Raise a Child" The
Mayor and Mrs. Mayor
"Alone in the Universe" Horton and JoJo
"The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz" Gertrude
"Amayzing Mayzie" Mayzie LaBird, Gertrude and the Bird Girls
"Amazing Gertrude" Gertrude and Bird Girls
"Monkey Around" Wickersham Brothers and Horton
"Chasing the Whos"* Horton, Sour Kangaroo, Young Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Wickersham Brothers, The Cat, Vlad Vladikoff and Whos
"How Lucky You Are" The Cat and Whos
"Notice Me, Horton" Gertrude McFuzz and Horton
"How Lucky You Are" (Reprise) Mayzie LaBird and Horton
"Horton Sits on the Egg" Full Company
"Our Story Resumes" The Cat, JoJo, Horton, Gertrude McFuzz, General Genghis Khan Schmitz, Bird Girls , Hunters
"Egg, Nest, and Tree"* Sour Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Wickersham Brothers, The Cat and Hunters
"The Circus McGurkus"^ The Cat, Horton and Circus Animals
"Mayzie in Palm Beach"^ Mayzie LaBird, The Cat and Horton
"Amayzing Horton" Mayzie LaBird and Horton
"Alone in the Universe" (Reprise) Horton
"Solla Sollew" Horton, The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, JoJo, and Circus McGurkus Animals and Performers
"The Butter Battle"^ JoJo, General Genghis Khan Schmitz and Cadets
"The Grinch Carved the Roast Beast"^ The Grinch, The Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog and Whos
"Havin' a Hunch"* The Cat, JoJo, Hunches and Cat's Helpers
"All for You" Gertrude, Horton and Bird Girls
"The People Versus Horton the Elephant"* Principals (except Mayzie)
"Finale" / "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" Full Company
"Curtain Call" / "Green Eggs and Ham" Full Company
2001 Broadway cast 2007 Theatreworks cast
Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME)
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 colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing 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 to 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.
SEUSSICAL is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables.
This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities for set, lighting, and costume design. An alternate orchestration is available in keys more appropriate
for a female Cat-in-the-Hat.
A strange and fantastic red-and-white striped top hat appears on an empty stage, full of possibilities. A Boy enters and is drawn toward the magical hat.
The Cat in the Hat suddenly materializes. "I can see that you've got quite a mind for your age," quips the Cat as he/she begins singing about the power of imagination
("Oh The Thinks You Can Think"). Throughout the song, famous characters are introduced who will figure in the musical: Horton the Elephant,
Gertrude McFuzz--the bird with the one feather tail, the Whos of Whoville--including the Mayor and his Wife, General Genghis Kahn Schmitz,
Mayzie La Bird, the Sour Kangaroo and the Citizens of the Jungle of Nool. As the energizing opening number comes to a close, the Boy and the Cat use their
imaginations to transport everyone to the Jungle of Nool, and the adventures begin.
Horton is splashing in a pool when he hears a distant cry for help. ("Horton Hears A Who"). He follows the sound to a tiny spec of dust floating through the air,
and realizes that there are people living here, so small they can't be seen-- the tiny citizens of Whoville. Horton vows to help them and places Whoville safely onto
a soft clover, just as Sour Kangaroo and her baby arrive. The Sour Kangaroo thinks Horton is crazy for talking to a speck of dust and she and the rest of the Jungle
Citizens mock him for his delusions. ("Biggest Blame Fool"). The rascally Wickersham Brothers--a cool group of bad-boy monkeys--join in the fun of teasing Horton.
The Cat in the Hat weaves through the number, taking on the persona of a talk show host, who interviews everyone in the jungle, including Mayzie La Bird and
her backup group of Bird Girls. The one person who stands up for Horton is his neighbor, Gertrude McFuzz, who is not noticed by anyone, most of all Horton.
Horton is left alone, and discovers much more about the Whos and their tiny town of Whoville ("Here On Who"). He assures them of his belief that "a person's
a person no matter how small." The Cat in the Hat, who is continuously present, throws the Boy into the story, and he becomes JoJo, son to Mr. and Mrs. Mayor
of Whoville. They are both very unhappy with Jojo because his "Thinks' have gotten him into trouble at school.
Jojo is scolded and told to "take your bath and go to bed." but the Cat in the Hat has another idea, and Jojo's imagination gets the better of him again.
("Oh, The Thinks You Can Think - Reprise") Magically, his bathtub becomes McEligott's Pool, full of fantastical fish ("It's Possible")! The fun is interrupted
when Mr. and Mrs. Mayor rush in--Jojo has flooded the house with bathwater. With Jojo finally in bed, his parents lament the change in him since his "Thinks"
began ("How To Raise A Child"). The Cat in the Hat gives them an idea to help solve Jojo's problem.
The next morning, Mr. and Mrs. Mayor introduce their son to General Genghis Kahn Schmitz ("The Military"). They feel the rigors of military school will straighten
out their unusual son. After a long and very tough first day at military school, Jojo sits alone in his bunk. Simultaneously, Horton sits alone guarding the clover
("Alone In The Universe"). Horton and Jojo hear each other and become friends when they realize their imaginations are so much alike--"one true friend in the
universe who believes in me."
In another part of the jungle, Gertrude has just written her four hundred and thirty-seventh love song about Horton ("The One Feather Tail Of Miss Gertrude McFuzz").
She believes Horton doesn't notice her because of her pathetically small and uninteresting tail. Mayzie appears with her Bird Girls, and offers advice
("Amayzing Mayzie") and this leads Gertrude to Doctor Dake (played by the Cat in the Hat) and his pills for 'amayzing' feathers. After taking too many pills,
Gertrude is very happy as her tail begins to grow ("Amayzing Gertrude"), but the Cat in the Hat warns that trouble is brewing.
The Wickersham Brothers are up to no good ("Monkey Around") and they decide to steal the clover with Whoville on it. They ambush Horton, grab the clover, and "Chasing The Whos" begins, as the monkeys tease Horton and he huffs and puffs after them all over the Jungle of Nool. The Cat in the Hat plays a helicopter newscaster, tracking the chase.
The Wickershams hand off the clover to "a black-bottomed eagle named Vlad Vladikoff" who flies off with the clover and drops it. As the clover plummets toward the ground, the Cat in the Hat freezes the action for a blithe, ironic song ("How Lucky You Are"). The Cat unfreezes the action and the Whos drop directly into an enormous field of clover. Horton begins looking for the Whos, clover by clover by clover. Gertrude has followed the chase and arrives with her now incredibly long and unwieldy tail, determined to tell Horton how she truly feels ("Notice Me, Horton"). But Horton doesnt notice her at all, and just continues looking for the Whos. Gertrude leaves, rejected and sad.
Mayzie La Bird calls to him from her nest in a tree. She's bored to death, ("How Lucky You Are - Reprise") and she convinces Horton to sit on the nest for her while she takes a brief vacation ("Horton Sits On The Egg"). Seasons pass and Horton is still stuck sitting on the egg, the Whos are still lost in the clover and Gertrude still cannot get Horton to notice her or her very long tail. Hunters suddenly arrive and capture Horton and the egg. Gertrude is unable to help because her tail is so large, she can no longer fly. Chaos begins but once again, the Cat freezes the tableau and Horton, Gertrude, the Cat and all the Whos send the audience out to intermission ("How Lucky You Are - Second Reprise"). Just before doom strikes, the curtain comes down.
As the orchestra tunes up, we realize that the conductor is the Cat in the Hat. The music becomes increasingly wild and out of control--pages fly, the baton goes crazy,
the Cat does his/her tricks and finally regains control so Act Two can start. ("Seussical Entr'Acte").
The Boy questions the Cat about the future of Horton, the egg and JoJo, but the Cat just sends the Boy back into the story as Jojo, and we segue to three little scenes,
reprising Act One: Horton is still surrounded by hunters as he sits on Mayzie's egg; though the tiny town of Whoville was damaged in the "fall", the military school
continues to march. Jojo marches, wondering what the point of marching is when their world is in ruins. And back in the jungle, Gertrude is extremely worried about
Horton, but can hardly walk without help because her tail is so long and heavy.
Now the action begins, as Horton, still on the tree nest, is carried away by the hunters ("Egg, Nest and Tree"). After a long, arduous journey, Horton arrives in
NewYork where he is auctioned off to the circus. The "Seussebys auctioneer" is played by the Cat, and allows the audience to bid on Horton.
The Cat then plays Mr. McGurkus, and introduces us to his fantastical circus with Horton as his main attraction ("The Circus McGurkus"). As the circus travels across
the country, Horton worries about Jojo and Whoville and wonders when Mayzie will return to her egg; ("The Circus On Tour/How Lucky You Are - Reprise").
The circus lands in Palm Beach, where we find Mayzie under a palm tree bemoaning the monotony of vacationing ("Mayzie In Palm Beach"). She decides she needs
a change of scenery and heads to the circus, where she runs into Horton. He begs her to take back her egg, but Mayzie decides Horton would be a better parent for her egg than she could ever be ("Amayzing Horton"), so she gives him the egg for good, and leaves before he can say no. Horton accepts the responsibility of caring for the egg ("Alone In The Universe - Reprise"), even though he worries about JoJo and the Whos. He sings the egg a lullaby ("Solla Sollew") that is echoed by JoJo and Mr. and Mrs. Mayor.
The next morning, General Schmitz and his military cadets head off to war to fight the 'Butter Side Downers' who eat their bread the wrong way
("Green Eggs and Ham II"). JoJo confronts the General about the ridiculousness of the war and quits, marching off in the direction of a minefield.
We hear an extremely loud explosion, and Jojo is gone. Back in Whoville, the Christmas pageant is under way, led by the Grinch ("The Whos' Christmas Pageant").
General Schmitz suddenly enters with his cadets and approaches Mr. and Mrs. Mayor with horrible news ("A Message From The Front/Solla Sollew - Reprise").
JoJo has been lost in the war--a war which has become questionable in everyone's eyes.
The Cat helps us discover that Jojo has survived, but is confused and lost ("Alone In The Universe"). Frightened, Jojo blames the Cat for all his troubles.
The Cat helps him find his way home to the arms of his parents by listening to his own Hunches. ("Havin' A Hunch").Far away at the circus, Gertrude finally finds Horton asleep in his cage. She has gotten rid of her unwieldy tail and has journeyed great distances and through much peril ("All For You") to find and rescue him. At the end of her number, she mentions one more thing--she also has found the Whos' clover! Horton finally notices that Gertrude is amazing.
But just as Horton finds the Whos again, the Sour Kangaroo and the Wickersham Brothers arrive and make a citizen's arrest . They take Horton back to the
Jungle of Nool, where he is put on trial, "for talking to a speck and sitting on an egg." The trial begins ("The People Versus Horton The Elephant"). Judge Yertle
the Turtle sentences Horton to the Nool Asylum for the Criminally Insane, and sentences the speck of dust to be boiled in oil. Horton trumpets his protest,
and tells the Whos they must yell to be heard. They have to prove they exist, and there's no time to lose!
The Whos scream and make as much noise as they can, but still, only Horton can hear them. Suddenly, Jojo comes up with a Think: a new word to shout that
will be heard by everyone-YOPP! At the last minute, all the animals of Nool hear Jojo's cry and Whoville is saved. Just then, the egg begins to crack--all gather
around as the new baby emerges--and they are astonished to see that it's an Elephant Bird! Horton looks to Gertrude for help, realizing that she is his "one true
friend in the universe," and she agrees: "You teach him earth and I will teach him sky." A new and very unusual family is formed.
As the show ends and all are united, the Cat hints that many more adventures are likely to occur "if you open your mind, oh, the thinks you will find
("Oh, The Thinks You Can Think - Reprise"). All the characters vanish, leaving The Boy alone onstage with the red and white striped hat which embodies his
limitless imagination. As he puts it on, it falls over his eyes putting the stage into BLACKOUT!