The young artists of the second annual SFAC Musical Theater Camp present Seussical (the musical), at the Sitka Performing Arts Center, Friday, July 26 (7 pm) and Saturday, July 27, (2 pm and 7 pm). Twenty-eight performers representing ten Alaskan communities and five states come together to work intensively for two weeks with theater and music faculty led by director WT McRae. McRae, an artist-teacher from the New Victory Theater in New York City teaches classes in theater technique, vocal training and stage etiquette, in addition overseeing rehearsals of Seussical.
Final performances are fully staged and include a pit orchestra led by Andrew Hames and a professional lighting and sound design created by Jonathan “J” Bradely and a technical crew made up of theater professionals and students. Admission for all evening performances: $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors; Matinée performances: $20 adults; $10 special prices for children and seniors. Free admission for kids under 5 at all performances. All ticket proceeds go toward supporting the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books and at the door.
Intended for adults and children alike, Seussical is based on a number of Dr. Seuss books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who! Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, If I Ran the Circus, andGetting to Solla Sollew, among others. Created by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), the show opened on Broadway in 2000. Making its Sitka debut, the fast paced, 90-minute show is narrated by “The Cat in the Hat,” who guides the audience through a tale of spiraling mischief, adventure, friendship and those surreal life lessons.
In the story, Horton, a loving elephant, discovers an entire world of Whos on a single speck of dust, including Jojo, a Who child, who has been sent off to military school for thinking “too many thinks.” Meanwhile, Mayzie La Bird, being a very irresponsible individual, leaves Horton to safeguard a lonely egg for an unpredictable amount of time. Throughout the story, Horton must protect his speck of dust, the egg and himself from dangers, poachers, distractions and cynics. He comes to rely on his gallant and dedicated friend, Miss Gertrude McFuzz. Through his adventures, Horton discovers the power of trust, friendship, faith and a strong community.