LET US TELL YOU A STORY — The cast and crew of “Seussical the Musical” at S-GI have worked to bring Dr. Seuss’s stories to life. Photosby Katie Kostelny.
SPRINGVILLE — This year, the Springville-Griffith Institute High School music department is presenting “Seussical the Musical.” The show, set to hit the stage on March 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m., brings a number of Dr. Seuss’s characters to life. These characters include Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie la Bird, the Whos and more. The high school cast will be putting on this show along with some help from middle and elementary school students.
Some students have been involved in musical productions for many years, while others are experiencing it for the first time, this year. Senior Deborah Gil plays Mayzie la Bird and has been in musicals since she was in fifth grade. “Mayzie la Bird is super hot, super glamorous. She’s gotten work done and so is now oozing with confidence. She’s not a bad person, or bird, I should say, she’s just selfish,” Gil explained. “She doesn’t do things to make others feel horrible, but does them to make herself feel better. She always wants to be the alpha. But, throughout the story, it’s her actions that drive it, that bring about the turning points.”
One of the biggest aspects of the production every year is the set. “The set is amazing. Literally, it’s nothing that Springville has ever seen. So much effort and diligence has gone into it over the past months and it’s definitely paid off. We have a wonderful team of hardworking individuals, who have worked tirelessly on them. I’m really excited to see it all come together,” Gil noted.
Caroline Francisco, who is also a senior, has been involved in musicals since she was in third grade. “I play the Cat in the Hat, the mischievous ‘narrator’ of the show, who basically screws everything up in act one, so that it can be fixed in act two. The Cat constantly tempts Jojo [played by Mitchell Brownell] to give in to his wild imagination, but gets him in plenty of trouble, along the way,” Francisco said, of her role in the production. “‘Seussical’ is an utter treat for the senses and it’s one of those rare shows that will resound with an audience of any age. Young or old, the stories of Dr. Seuss are guaranteed to excite your imagination. That’s so much fun, for both the performers and the audience,” she said. “The cast, crew, pit and production team have all worked incredibly hard, and it shows; S-GI’s musicals are truly something that our community can be proud of. Also, our sets are wicked cool.”
Meghan Loop is a sophomore at the high school who is playing a part in her first musical, this year. “I saw how amazing the musical was last year and I decided I wanted to be a part of it. [People] should come see it because it will be a night of fun and entertainment,” she said. “The music and songs are full of excitement and the audience will get to experience some of Dr. Seuss’s wonderful books, created into one musical. I mean, who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?”
What most people don’t see is what goes on behind the curtain, the technical aspects that help the show come to life. Emma Beckerich, a sophomore, decided to join stage crew for the first time, this year.
“I usually attend the musicals each year, but I thought it would be cool to actually be involved in the production. Plus, ‘Seussical’ is just a very fun musical to work with,” Beckerich explained. “With all the props and fun characters, it’s really fun to see what’s going on behind the curtain. And we have a really fun group of people to work with, also.” She described the group as “energetic.
“Everyone is always ready and prepared to move the props and are always willing to help, when something is too heavy. I’m excited to see the audience’s reaction, the entire thing come together, and to see everybody’s hard work pay off!”
The biggest aspect of the production’s success, though, is the people. Julie Noeson and John Mrozik have put a lot of time into this production, along with the help of many others, in creating the props, set and costumes, which bring the story to life.
“I’m lucky enough to work with the coolest people in the world,” Francisco said. “The backstage games, the awkward quick changes, the ridiculous stories and the phenomenal people are really what make the musical worth every minute.”
Loop noted, “I love everyone who is in the musical. They make practice fun and exciting. Everyone always has a good laugh at the end of the day and they are all very talented. Everyone plays their part perfectly and it’s amazing to see.”
“The story is cute and the idea of combining some of the Dr. Seuss books together to make one story is awesome,” Beckerich said.
“The songs are fun and it’s a nice musical for any age, really.”
“If I may say so myself, our actors are perfect for the show,” Noeson said, adding that she’s had her mind set on “Seussical” since the beginning of 2013 and just couldn’t think of anything else, for this school year.
“Every actor has immersed himself and herself into their roles, and I think once you see it, you’ll agree with me that we’re a special group of people,” Gil said, “Anyone who grew up reading Dr. Seuss’s books will be children again, for a few hours.”