Arts, Dining & Entertainment

BarnArts presents ‘Seussical the Musical’

Friday, Aug. 5 — BARNARD —The irreverent Cat in the Hat and his side-kicks (Thing One and Thing Two) lead this journey through the magical Jungle of Nool where Horton the Elephant discovers the vulnerable world of Whoville, a microscopic planet living on a speck of dust. Meanwhile, Who child Jojo is sent off to a military school (headed by General Genghis Khan Schmitz) for “thinking too many thinks.”

The plot thickens around Horton, as not only must he protect the Whos (Jojo, Jojo’s Mayor parents, and the many Whos of Whoville) from a world of dangerous naysayers (The Wickersham Brothers, The Sour Kangaroos, Vlad Vladikof) but he also must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird, who disappears from the jungle with her band of bird girls. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and an all characters trial presided by authoritarian Judge Yertle the Turtle, Horton’s intrepid admirer, Gertrude McFuzz, never loses faith in him.

The powers of friendship, loyalty, family and goodwill are challenged in this boisterous musical and ultimately emerge triumphant. “A person’s a person no matter how small!”

Artistic Director Linda Treash appreciates “The complexity of Seuss as advocacy story teller. Seussical is a show that will resonate.It bursts with joy and heart. The story celebrates diversity, creativity and standing up for what’s right against public opinion gone awry.”

BarnArts Summer Youth Theater emphasizes the power of ensemble in theater and is open to all ages of kids ready to learn performance skills. This year’s camp started on July 18 and runs for three weeks, allowing campers an unhurried, full immersion into the world of music, dance, blocking and lines.

This performance of Seussical features a live orchestra, creative, original costuming, colorful sets, and playful choreography. at the Barnard Town Hall. Masks are required in the audience.

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