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"Seussical the Musical" opens at Gateway Center for the Arts Friday, April 5.
The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee, and tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including JoJo, a boy with a big imagination that gets sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Leah Winstanley, under the guidance of Anne Sollien, is directing the musical as part of a Gateway Center for the Arts Program that trains youth and young adults in the technical aspects of theater. Ms. Winstanley plans to establish musical theater as an ongoing program for Gateway Center for the Arts and the surrounding community by bringing the beloved characters of Dr. Seuss to the stage in "Seussical the Musical."
The show is based on: "The Cat in the Hat," "Horton Hears a Who," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" and other classic stories by Dr. Seuss.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, and April 12-13 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7 and 14, at 880 N. U.S. 17/92, Debary.
Tickets are $15 members, $18 non-members, $21 at the door and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased through the Box Office at (386) 668-5553. For more information, visit gatewaycenterforthearts.org.