Cast members, including senior Michael Perkins as the Cat in the Hat, rehearse “Seussical the Musical” at Mohonasen High School.
Photo by John Purcell.
ROTTERDAM Beloved characters imagined by Dr. Seuss will come alive as more than 100 Mohonasen students perform “Seussical the Musical” to transport audience members from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus.
Mohonasen’s theater group Mohon Masque, consisting of students from fourth-grade to high school seniors, will hold four performances of its spring musical at the high school auditorium.
Director Kathleen Derochie thinks sold-out performances are likely to be possibility.
“It is a great piece and we know a lot of people are going to come out and see it,” Derochie said.
The “whimsical and magical” musical provides a great contrast to Masque’s previous fall show of “Little Shop of Horrors,” Derochie said. Fall performances are typically a drama or musical with a more mature theme, she said, but spring performances bring in the younger students.
“We are trying to give them a lot of different experiences,” she said.
Also, she was excited many students were interested in the production, which allowed for a robust cast. The theater group tries to do a bigger production every year to allow more students the opportunity to have a role, onstage or off.
During vocal warm ups before a run through of the production on Monday, March 19, the powerful sound of all the students signing together could be heard as their pitches rose higher and higher. There are two instances during the performance when every student sings, which Derochie said sounds “amazing.”
Nicole Gabriel, assistant director and music director for the production, said having teenagers working with the younger students is good because it allows them to be role models for the budding performers.
“They really connect and it is really nice,” Gabriel said.
She said working with students at younger ages has allowed her to see how much the kids learn and step out of their comfort zone.