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Musical lets audience escape into Dr. Seuss' world

Dixon can relate somewhat to JoJo's struggle. One of the reasons he took up acting some 25 years ago was "just to escape some of your daily life," he said.

Talarico Rucinski also likes the chance acting allows her to "be other things and do other things" than she normally would in her daily life.

Bambury said he tries to allow the actors a chance to infuse the characters with their own personality, and that Seussical is the "perfect launching pad" for that kind of creativity.

That's not to say the actors have free reign. DiNicola said that because many of the people in the show have been involved in "Seussical" elsewhere, they came to this production with some preconceived ideas about characters. For instance, they might envision characters delivering lines in a certain way " but that didn't necessarily mesh with Bambury's vision.

"We had to break the habits," DiNicola said. "We kind of came to a happy medium."

Bambury has worked hard to put his own stamp on the show, pointing to the distinct color scheme and personalities found in Whoville.

"It's almost out of this world," he said.

He worked closely with musical director Olga Martinez and believes the final product is one that will leave audience members more than satisfied.

"It's laugh out loud hysterical at times, but there's a little bit of a darker side," Brambury said. "It's just a beautiful way to spend a summer night."

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the park or in advance by calling 331-4158.

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