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Friday, November 07, 2008

Badger play: Who's looking out for the Whos?

From left, Chad Davidson, Jay Hawk, Keith Marriner, Stephanie Johnson, Bethany Christner and Claire Kinder rehearse a scene from Badger's "Seussical the Musical." Cecilia Cook/photo

Contributing writer Charlotte Huntley previews this weekend's Badger High performance of "Seussical the Musical."

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15, with an extra 2:30 p.m. show Saturday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Read the preview after the jump...

Badger High presents "Seussical the Musical"

By Charlotte Huntley/Contributor

Remember Dr. Seuss and his fantastic, imaginative and memorable characters Cat in the Hat, Mayzie, the Grinch and Yertle the Turtle?

And what about Horton and the Whos?

Horton, the beloved elephant who is the main character in "Horton Hears a Who," takes it upon himself to carefully protect the Whos, even though they are as small as a speck of dust.

Horton, along with the rest of these beloved Seuss characters, will come to life at Badger High School in the stage production of "Seussical the Musical" which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15 with an additional 2 p.m. performance Saturday afternoon.

Directed by Matt Roemer, choir instructor at Badger High School, the cast and musicians include Badger students as well as a group of six elementary children who play the Cadets.

"Seussical the Musical" incorporates several Seuss characters and expands on the story of "Horton Hears a Who."

Horton, played by Jay Hawk, has a very kind heart; he personally takes responsibility for the survival of the little Whos in the Jungle of Nool, despite facing trickery and lack of support from those around him.

One of the Whos, Jojo, played by Katy Williams, has been ridiculed for thinking, and is ostracized from Whoville.

Jojo is an imaginative person and later becomes part of the story as the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mayors, played by Dan Andrus and Daegan Ross.

Jojo and Horton both want to do the right thing, and they find themselves swimming upstream against popular opinion, expressed in their duet, "Alone in the Universe".

Nathan Kidder plays the Cat in the Hat, and sings "Oh, The Thinks You Can Think", "How Lucky You Are" and "Havin' A Hunch" with Jojo. His character narrates the story as it goes through a series of twists and turns involving the military and General Genghis Kahn Schmitz, played by Rex Jacobs. Jacobs sings "The Military", while in Florida with Mayzie, played by Kathryn Hausman, who sings "Mayzie in Palm Beach" with the Cat and Horton.

Among all his troubles and assertions that "a person's a person, no matter how small," Horton is sold to the Circus McGurkus and eventually must stand trial before Judge Yertle the Turtle, played by Phil Huff, Badger's business education instructor.

Jenna Wetherbee, a sophomore who plays one of the Whos, said that the Whos have a vibrant life, even though no one can see them. They sing "Here on Who," "Chasing the Whos," and "The Whos' Christmas Pageant."

They show up at the end during "Finale/Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" and "Green Eggs and Ham," to declare, "We are here! We are here! We are here!" to the unconvinced outside world.

Choreography instructor Rebecca Larson-Reyes taught the actors various dances, including Russian, salsa and go-go dancing, as well as acrobatic flips, cartwheels, wheelbarrows and marching.

"It's really fun," said Katie Nagel, who plays a Bird Girl, along with Cecilia Cook, Brooke Pankau, and Riley Mikrut.

Other cast members:

Gertrude McFuzz is played by Bethany Christner, who sings in several songs including "The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz" and "All for You."

Sour Kangaroo is played by Claire Kinder, who sings in "Biggest Blame Fool", Egg, Nest and Tree" and "Solla Sollew".

Other characters are Wickersham 1, Keith Marriner; Wickersham 2, Chad Davidson, Wickersham 3, Stephanie Johnson, and Grinch, Jacob Mason.

The Whos include Shelby Peteler, Brieanna Winger, Courtney Stotter, Brittany Trent, Tiffany Lewandowski and Brandy Wiedmer.

Jungle Creatures are played by Diana Ruzga, Leah Mailloux, (Vlad) Erin Evans, Lia Halpin, Amanda Newcomb and Alexis Luempert.

Who children are Haily Friemoth, Adrienne Somerville, Steph Duel, Elizabeth Carroll and Brienna Havens.

Cadets, played by elementary students, are Rosie McCormack, Alec Williams, Mackenzie Dvorak, Sydney Petrie, Emily Woodside and Carly Bakken.

Badger's Seussical includes all the original music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.


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