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Runaway Stage Productions presents family favorite ‘Seussical’

By From page B2 | February 19, 2014

The Cat in the Hat and other favorite Dr. Seuss characters return to Runaway Stage. Courtsy photo

SACRAMENTO — Seussical the Musical, the perfect musical for families and theatregoers of all ages comes to Runaway Stage Productions, Feb. 28 through March 23, at the 24th Street Theatre.

The incredible Cat in the Hat narrates a magical story featuring the very best of Dr. Seuss characters and stories.

“There is Horton the Elephant, Jojo, Mazie and Gertrude,” RSP Producing Director Bob Baxter said. “We have great characters that jump off the page and come to life on the stage. Did you see what I did there? Rhyme?”

Horton discovers a speck of dust on which the Whos live. Among those Whos, the child Jojo finds himself at “butter battling military school” for thinking to many “thinks.” Horton’s attention to the speck of dust and his “loitering” care of Mayzie LaBird’s egg elicits taunting and accusations from the rest of the animal kingdom, except for Gertrude McFuzz, who longs for his attention, and JoJo, whose “thinks” save them all in the end.

“Dr. Seuss has a message that everyone can relate to,” Baxter said. “It is a kind, humorous and sincere message.”

Runaway last produced the musical with great success in 2005. The new cast will feature Andy Hyun as the Cat in the Hat, Colin Coate as Horton, Caitland Martin as Gertrude McFuzz, Haleyanne Freedman as Mayzie LaBird, Maxwell Freedman as JoJo, Hal DuBiel as the Mayor, and Eduard Arakelyan as one of the Wickersham brothers. Bob Baxter directs, Darryl Strohl choreographs and James Lohman leads the Runaway Stage Productions Resident Orchestra.

Seussical the Musical performs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Feb. 28 through March 23. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors (60+), $21 for students/SARTA and $18 for children (12 and younger); groups of 10 or more pay $19 each. Tickets can be purchased online at runawaystage.com (reservation convenience fees apply) or at the door. For more information call the box office at (916) 207-1226. Free parking is available.

Runaway Stage Productions

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