TheatreworksUSA's production of Seussical, a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss, will be performed at the University of Delaware at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24. In this hour-long presentation, these widely-read stories collide and form an unforgettable caper with delightful songs. The single show will take place in Mitchell Hall Theatre, South College Avenue at Amstel Avenue, on UD's Newark campus, and is recommended for audiences 4 and older.
The Cat in the Hat serves as host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. When the good-natured elephant Horton hears a small cry for help coming from a small speck of dust, he promises to rescue and guard it because “a person's a person, no matter how small.”
On that small speck of dust lives JoJo, an imaginative young Who. JoJo has astounding “thinks,” in which anything is possible, but his parents view this creativity as inappropriate for the son of the Mayor of Who-Ville.
Meanwhile, the one-feathered bird, Miss Gertrude McFuzz, desperately wants Horton to notice her. Perhaps, she believes, she just needs a more impressive tail. At the same time, the amazingly lazy Mayzie La Bird cajoles and convinces Horton to sit on her egg while she goes off on a spree.
In Seussical, these beloved characters find themselves intertwined in an crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous “think” ever save the day.
Adapted for young audiences from the Broadway version, Seussical is written by Broadway veterans Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (creators of Ragtime, Once on This Island and the film Anastasia). The production features 12 actors in a variety of roles. A study guide for educators is available at [www.theatreworksusa.org].
Seating is reserved for the hour-long show. Tickets cost $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors, UD employees and UD alumni, and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the University of Delaware ticket offices from noon-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, or by calling (302) 831-2204. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster (where a convenience charge may apply) at (302) 984-2000 or online at [www.ticketmaster.com].
The 2007-08 University of Delaware Performing Arts Series is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the generous support of the Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware hotel. For more information, visit [www.udel.edu/cfa].
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