Opening night: Darien Summer School theater presents Seussical the Musical Jr.

 

The famous musical extravaganza, Seussical the Musical Jr., will come to Darien this Thursday.

The production is written by Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and is directed by Rebecca Salgado. The musical theater workshop will collide two of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters, the Cat in the Hat and Horton, into one spectacle.

The Cat in the Hat, played by Jackson Wood, narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, played by Ted Brennan, who discovers a speck of dust containing the tiny people of Whoville. In Whoville is the character Jojo, played by Luke Ryan, who is the mayor’s son. His parents tell him not to think so creatively, and for Horton, everyone around him, including Sour Kangaroo played by Diana McIntire, thinks he is crazy for believing people live on a speck of dust.

Jojo and Horton then communicate with one another to protect the people in Whoville while relating to one another on being treated like outcasts. Throughout the play, the Cat in the Hat hilariously guides Jojo on the endless possibilities his bright and big imagination can bring to him. Wood said, “Cat is the essence of mischief in the show always making trouble and always causes things to go awry, but at the end you see his grand plan and it all coming together into something really cool.” He continued, “With all of us in the end, Jojo has this epiphany in how useful imagination is.”

The production is very colorful both on set and in the crazy situations the characters get themselves into, from eating berries in order to grow feathers and one scene involves Horton having to sit on the sassy yet irresponsible Mayzie La Bird’s, played by Emma Grau, egg while she goes off and lives a life of leisure. But Wood believes the show has something for everyone in the audience. “I think a lot of people have this idea that the Seussical is just a kid’s show that’s all fun, but there’s definitely a part of it where an adult can get something very useful out of it.”

The production is lighthearted and fun and is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone in the audience. Performances begin this Thursday, July 26, and run through Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. in the Darien High School Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door.