Parkway Playhouse in cooperation with the AMY Regional Library and Yancey County Schools will perform Seussical Jr. on November 20 and 21 at Mountain Heritage High School at 7:30pm. The production will be performed by students in the Parkway Playhouse Junior program. Tickets to the performances range from $5.50 to $11 and are available at the door. Yancey County Elementary School students can earn a free ticket by participating in the reading program in their classroom.
Seussical Jr. is a madcap musical adventure that interweaves several stories and multiple characters from the books by Dr. Seuss, into one extraordinary romp. At the heart of the story is Horton the Elephant, who comes to find a miniature world on a speck of dust populated by the Whos of Whoville. However no one else believes that they are really there, and Horton is bullied and persecuted by a very Sour Kangaroo. At the sametime, Mayzie LaBird, a glamorous bird, contemplates the responsibilities associated with hatching an egg and Gertrude McFuzz pines for Horton to notice her, and goes to drastic measures to get his attention. In the midst of all this excitement there is also the mischief devised by a certain Cat that is Fond of hats! Ultimately Horton is vindicated, the Who’s of Whoville saved, and new friends are made. The musical is under the direction of Parkway Playhouse Teaching Artists Andrew Gall, Mary Katherine Smith-Gall, Andrea Bailey, and Amy Weinmeister.
The cast of Seussical Jr. is made up of students ranging from 4 to 18 who have been working and rehearsing together on this project since August. Students have had a hand in everything from creating characters, learning choreography, and developing the props and costumes used in the show.
“Parkway Playhouse Junior is a program that is intended to give students an opportunity to creatively collaborate” says Andrew Gall, Parkway Playhouse’s Artistic Director. “We have also been collaborating with Yancey County Elementary School classes and the AMY Regional Library. By encouraging students to read, they can earn a free ticket to the performance as well as improve their own skills as readers. Reading is the base skill for any kind of success and we are proud of all of our students’ and teachers’ success. We will look forward to seeing all of you at Seussical.”