A musical production is returning to the stage at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette for the first time since 2004.
Seussical Jr. is a musical with over 100 cast members ranging from three to eighteen-years-old. It melds together different characters from many of Dr. Seuss’s books.
“It’s a story about a bird who wants a bigger tail and a journey about an elephant named Horton and he’s trying to find his clover, and there’s all these scenes and characters involved in the story,” Karen Ludwig said, who plays a cat assistant in the production.
“Everything kind of mixes together and it’s a little confusing, but there’s enough cool things going on that no one will really be bothered if they don’t exactly understand the plot,” fifteen-year-old Maitri White said, who plays Sour Kangaroo.
The play features only a few speaking lines–and those lines are spoken the way Dr. Seuss wrote his books.
But, the main feature of the production is the singing, dancing, and elaborate costumes and sets.
“It’s a great show, very funny,” eleven-year-old Sam Billman, who plays Mr. Mayor, said. “There’s a lot of action and a lot of drama. The cast is amazing, I didn’t make many friends at the beginning but now I have a lot of friends.”
“It’s so upbeat and fun,” Ludwig said. “It has such great energy and it’s such a fun and colorful show and I love it.”
“It’s really fantastic, the show itself it really wonderful written,” White said. “All the music is great, and then to have all these cool technical aspects on top of it…it’s going to be quite the spectacle.”
Performances of Seussical Jr. are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for students and children in advance.
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