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March 7, 2012

‘Seussical’ comes to Jeffersonville High School

JEFFERSONVILLE — Wondrous and beautiful and awesomely strange, “Seussical” comes to the Jeffersonville High School stage.

In what will be many students’ final performance for the school’s performing arts department, “Seussical” not only takes the actors back to their childhood, but gives them a chance to pass the program on to younger students.

The musical closely follows the plot of Dr. Seuss’s book “Horton Hears a Who.” With classic Seuss-styled narration and sets married with musical numbers, cast members said they’re looking forward to the performance.

John Templeton, a senior playing as the Cat in the Hat, said he feels like this performance is a good one to leave the program on.

“We’ve put a lot of work, money and a lot of feeling into our last senior performance,” Templeton said. “Many of the cast are seniors and freshman. It’s not like we’re just doing our last show, it feels like we’re passing on the torch.”

Evan Carroll, a senior playing as Horton the Elephant, said he loves seeing the classic stories come to life on stage, something he thinks the audience can immediately recognize regardless of age.

“Honestly, it’s a really different experience because looking on stage, it actually looks like the cartoon popped out of the book,” Carroll said. “It’s interesting to see the characters from the books and houses and everything.”

Ellie Delap, a senior playing Gertrude McFuzz, said though she knew Seuss’s work from childhood, she liked getting to know the characters a little more through acting.

“It’s really cool because I’ve known most of these characters since I was a child,” Delap said. “I didn’t know Gertrude too much, but I’ve gotten to know her since I’ve started working this show. She’s a little bit of a nerd, kind of quirky and awkward.”

Templeton said he thought the Performing Arts Department’s theater season has been littered with wonderful literary pieces, including “Dracula,” based on the Bram Stoker novel.

Though it’s the first time the high school has presented “Seussical,” he said he’s glad to end his high school performance career with such a good piece.

“I think that when I was young, I could have quoted entire Dr. Seuss books,” Templeton said. “He tailor-made them to reach out to younger generations, and now they’re giving those books to those children. It’s just been passed along for so long now.”

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