“The themes in ‘Seussical’ are … the importance of honesty, loyalty and friendship. But ‘Seussical’ brings additional messages that are so important to people of all ages, and in particular, the issues facing our teenagers.”
In the play, the colorful bird Gertrude McFuzz is a friend to Horton the Elephant. However, she is unhappy with her one-feather tail. The story-line surrounding Gertrude touches on the difficulties people have with self-image and outward appearance. Horton, meanwhile, has to withstand peer pressure and being laughed at as he tries to save the Whos. While he is being chided as “the biggest blame fool in the Jungle of Nool,” Horton stands firm on principal and does what he knows is right, profoundly singing, “A person’s a person no matter how small.”
Underscoring the story is the relationship between Horton and the smallest Who in Whoville, Jojo. Jojo is a “thinker of great thinks” which unfortunately gets her into trouble. As she is sent off to learn discipline, she feels all alone. Similarly, because Horton is the only one who can hear the Whos, he laments the fact that no one is able to understand him. The result is a bond between Horton and Jojo and the duet “Alone in the Universe.”
Through much mayhem, Horton retains the ability to believe in himself. Even facing the possibility of jail, Horton states, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant is faithful one hundred per cent.” Mayzie LaBird and Sour Kangaroo provide examples of the issues of right and wrong, and the Cat in the Hat reminds the characters facing difficulty to consider “How Lucky You Are.”
This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the family and enjoy a colourful and lively performance and support our secondary students. Door prizes will add to the enjoyment of attending.
COVID SEATING REQUIREMENTS
Due to current COVID restrictions seating for this event is limited. All patrons attending this event must wear a mask unless a patron is under 12 or has a medical condition that prevents them wearing a mask. A medical exemption must be sighted by the venue staff upon entry to the venue.
All patrons will be seated without social distancing spacing. If restrictions change, the venue will notify patrons prior to the event via email.
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