Family Fun
April 26, 2013 • 01:29:13 p.m.

Young cast to stage Dr. Seuss stories

By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA - msleditorial@shawmedia.com

The "Seussical Jr." characters and cast include: Mayzie (Madison Kleba, top row from left), The Boy (Abby Anderson), Cat In The Hat (Mac Rivara), Horton (Nathaniel Bohrer) and Gertrude (Tracy Suppes). In the bottom row from left are Mrs. Mayor (Katie Das), Mr. Mayor (Charlie Karner) and The Grinch (Ben Cisco). (Submitted photo)

Children’s Theatre of Elgin wraps up its 25th anniversary season with the colorful musical "Seussical Jr.," in which Dr. Seuss stories are brought to life. Come along with The Grinch, Yertle The Turtle, The Cat In The Hat and other characters as they spark young imaginations.

“It is a very fun show,” producer Leslie Gorkowski says. “We can’t wait to share it with you.”

Audiences will see the Cat In The Hat tell the story of Horton the Elephant, who rescues the Whos from Whoville. See Jojo, the smallest Who of all, who is scolded for thinking incredible “thinks,” and take a nonstop journey with Horton as he faces naysayers, big obstacles, kidnapping and other dangers while taking the responsibility of watching the egg of Lazy Mayzie.

The citizens of the Jungle of Nool learn about bullying, standing up for what you believe in, loyalty, friendship and, most importantly, that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”

A cast of 80 children ages 7 to 15 will perform the musical April 11 to 14 at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

A special school show has been added at noon Thursday, April 11. All other school performances are sold out.

Show times
Public performances will run at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Tickets cost $11 for adults, and $9 for students and seniors. Purchase them online at CTEelgin.com or by calling 847-214-7550. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

“Seussical Jr.” is produced and presented by Children’s Theatre of Elgin, a nonprofit troupe in residence at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. The production is directed by Jen Prise, with vocal direction by Bre Koll, and choreography by CTE graduate Sarah Robertson.


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