"Oh, the thinks you can think if you’re willing to try." That was the theme of Seussical, the musical for all ages, mounted by the Lower Ossington Theatre. The play is based on the wonderful stories of the genius children’s author Dr. Seuss, with a strong focus on the books Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Hatches the Egg and Miss Gertrude McFuzz.
As a child, there is an opportunity to enjoy Dr. Seuss’ stories for what they are on the surface. They’re colourful, fun, easy to read and entertaining. As an adult, there is the privilege of appreciating Dr. Seuss' books for their deeper meaning: teaching readers that their imagination is a wonderful tool and with it, the possibilities are endless. In this respect, the Lower Ossington Theatre’s production of Seussical was an incredible success. It managed to inspire both young and old to use their imaginations.
The musical follows the story of Horton the Elephant who finds a dust speck that is home to a family of Whos (very little people invented by Dr. Seuss). He puts in all his effort to protect them and to prove to the others around him that they do exist. In the process, he is teased and called crazy, yet he never gives up. He befriends the little Who girl named JoJo, and they realize they are not so different. They both hold faith in each other, even though they can't see one another. JoJo believes in Horton, and Horton is the only one who believes in the Whos. It is a wonderful tale of standing up for your beliefs, trusting yourself and using your imagination.
Mark Willett, who plays Horton the Elephant and Sara Wilkinson, who plays Gertrude McFuzz, deserve recognition for their amazing performances. Willett and Wilkinson play a very sweet, innocent duo and they manage to captivate the audience with their wholehearted performance. Kudos! Also, special mention goes to Emma Bartolomucci, who plays the role of the Cat in the Hat, for her fantastic line delivery and ability to physically embody the movements of the Cat. It should also be mentioned that Bartolomucci is the choreographer for the show, helping to bring the physicality to life.
Seussical the Musical is running at the Lower Ossington Theatre until Jan. 25 For tickets, visit https://embed.ticketwise.ca/event/3894178.