‘Seussical the Musical’ … with heart

By From page B1 | October 31, 2012

A collage of Dr. Seuss stories takes the stage in Folsom next month with El Dorado Musical Theatre’s production of “Seussical the Musical.”

Cheer on Horton as he tries with all his heart to protect the Whos and an egg entrusted to him by Mayzie La Bird. Naysayers and hidden dangers lurk around every corner but the sincere-yet-fragile Horton never waivers in his promises.

“He cares about everything and everyone and will go to great lengths to do what ever he can for them,” said actor Zack Collins, 16, who takes on the Horton role in the Eggs Cast.

Zack describes himself as “the hipster Horton” — he wears cargo pants — and said he really enjoys the role of “the soft-hearted hero.” Horton sets a good example of how people should live their lives, Zack explained.

Joining Horton in song and dance are the Grinch, Gertrude McFuzz, JoJo the Who, Thing One and Thing Two and, of course, that famous Cat in the Hat.

Actor Andrew Wilson takes on the striped-hat-wearing role in both the Ham and Eggs casts. He’s the narrator of this entertaining tale who’s a bit mischievous, Andrew admitted.

This is the second time EDMT has performed “Seussical the Musical,” with music by Stephen Flaherty, book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. This time around Debbie Wilson has taken on two major roles: director and choreographer.

With two casts of 65 young performers a piece, Wilson has a lot of work in front of her. The score is 452 pages, “which is huge,” she said. Most of “Seussical the Musical” is sung, she added, and the dialogue is in that familiar Dr. Seuss rhythm.

Is the effort and exhaustion worth it? You bet it is.

“Anybody who grew up with Dr. Seuss will find something that touches them (in the musical,” Wilson said. “It’s so heartfelt and the characters are fun.”

“Seussical the Musical” comes to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, Nov. 2-18. Ham Cast performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2, 9, 15 & 17; 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, 11 & 17. Eggs Cast performances are schedules at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, 8, 10 & 16; 2 p.m. on Nov. 4, 10, & 18.

This show is rated G and is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $14.75 to $36 and may be purchased online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.

For more information about El Dorado Musical Theatre call (916) 941-SING or visit edmt.info.


Eggs Cast: Cat in the Hat (Andrew Wilson), Horton the Elephant (Zack Collins), JoJo (Nick Ribadeneira), Gertrude McFuzz (Julia Adams), Mayzie LaBird (Olivia Kaufmann), Sour Kangaroo (Emily Martorana), Mr. Mayor (Kyle Anderson), Mrs. Mayor (Riley Price), General Schmitz (Justin Harvey) Yertle the Turtle (Annika Tamaki), Grinch (Asten Fallavollita), Cindy Lou Who (Maya Ribadeneira), The Who Dog (Miranda Garver), Thing One (Brooke Bollengier), Thing Two (Kelsey Fairchild); Bird Girls: Kelly Maur, Madison Sykes, Allie Frew, Laura Allen, Mariah Embree and Zaara Little; Wickersham Brothers: Connor Ricketts, Zach Wilson, Zach Wilson, Stephen Knoble, Asten Fallavollita and CJ Knoble; The Whos (and Circus Performers): Abigail Disney, Abigail Disney, Anjali Schuit, Annika Tamaki, Bailey Alamillo, Brigette Dupre, Brooke Bollengier, Charlotte Stokhaug, Chase Franklin, Ciara Colgan, Derek Wong, Emma Magnuson, Gabby Magnuson, Hayden Sillers, Jenna Williams, Jessica Garver, Jessica Haskell, Jessica McCloskey, Kailey Simpson, Kate Meggs, Katelyn Minnie, Katie Felton, Kelsey Fairchild, Marisa Wong, Maya Ribadeneira, Miranda Garver, Nikhil Schuit, Nittany Biggs, Rachel Nielson and Ryan Dominguez; The Jungle: Abigail Jacobstein, Amelia Wojcik, Ariel Sonenstein, Brooke Disney, Daneen Robinette, Emma Majewski, Jessica Cain, Karine Swinehart, Kyra Schneider, Liam Roberts, Lizzie Meggs, Madison Felton, Madison Fischer, Maggie Enriquez, Molly Wilson, Sarah Clark, Shanley Bruscino and Whitney Hilton Kerstine; The Whats (Military Cadets and Hunters): Abigail Jacobstein, Annika Tamaki, Ariel Sonenstein, Brooke Disney, Ciara Colgan, Derek Wong, Jessica Cain, Karine Swinehart, Katie Felton, Kyra Schneider, Liam Roberts, Lizzie Meggs, Madison Felton, Madison Fischer, Maggie Enriquez and Marisa Wong.

Ham Cast: Cat in the Hat (Andrew Wilson); Horton the Elephant (David Bryant); JoJo (Russell Anderson); Gertrude McFuzz (Carly Speno); Mayzie LaBird (Anjie Rose); Sour Kangaroo (Micah Long); Mr. Mayor (Owen Whetstone); Mrs. Mayor (Hannah Davis); General Schmitz (CJ Knoble); Yertle the Turtle (Annie Kessler); Grinch (Asten Fallavollita); Cindy Lou Who (Owen Whetstone); The Who Dog (Jonathan Bryant); Thing One (Emily Fritz); Thing Two (Justine Majewski); Bird Girls: Nicole Sevey, Claire Soulier, Alexis Vasile, Kiersten Hunter, Lindsay Alhady and Selma Gebhardt; Wickersham Brothers: Connor Ricketts, Zach Wilson, Taylor Presnall, Stephen Knoble, Asten Fallavollita and Justin Harvey; The Whos (and Circus Performers): Alex Thompson, Allie Fallovollita, Ashley Slavin, Aurora Giacobbe, Brendan Jobe, Charlotte Spencer, Chenoa West, Emily Fritz, Hannah Milton, Hannah Tufts, Jamilee Alhady, Joey Baciocco, Jonathan Bryant, Kira Bertram, Lanna Moore, Lauren Oriz, Lisette Velandia, Mackenzie Holmes, Madeline Yacur, Madison Cox, Marissa Joe, Mary-Carol Doyle, Morgan Wright, Natalie Roeschen, Riley Thompson, Summer Allen, Tara Castle, Taya England and Ty Rhoades; The Jungle: Annie Kessler, Avery Speel, Christina Vasile, Clara Whetstone, Delanie Faherty, Jack Likins, Jane Frederick, Jocelyn Haney, Joslyn Stohl, Jordan Soto, Julianne Yonano, Justine Majewski, Karalee Dillon, Lily Hooper, Lindsey Hunter, Sabrina Voeller, Sofia Grimenstein and Victoria Fay; The Whats (Military Cadets and Hunters): Allie Fallavollita, Annie Kessler, Ashley Slavin, Aurora Giacobbe, Avery Speel, Christina Vasile, Clara Whetstone, Jane Frederick, Jocelyn Haney, Joey Baciocco, Jordan Soto, Julianne Yonano, Lindsey Hunter, Sabrina Voeller, Sofia Grimenstein and Victoria Fay.

This production is directed and choreographed by Debbie Wilson with Jennifer Wittmayer as vocal director and Christine Martorana as costumer. EDMT’s production of “Seussical the Musical” is sponsored in part by The Gift of Kids Daycare and Preschool and Parker Development Company.

Noel Stack


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