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Rabbit Run Theater’s Youth Production, “Seussical” opens July 20

Rabbit Run
July 12, 2018

The family-friendly musical, “Seussical” opens July 20 at Rabbit Run Theater in Madison.  With music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, “Seussical” is based on the works of Dr. Seuss who wrote many familiar children’s books including “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Cat in the Hat”.

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in this musical caper.  Tony Award winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have brought to life all the favorite Dr. Seuss characters into one show.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the world of Whos, including the young boy, Jojo, who was sent off to military school because he thinks too many "thinks."

Horton must not only protect the Whos from a world of dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces many perils, ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community emerge triumphant.

“Seussical” is directed by Paige Heidrich, a senior music education and vocal performance major at Baldwin Wallace University.  Heidrich has performed in numerous productions at Rabbit Run Theater.  

“Dr. Seuss discussed many timely political and moral issues in his children's stories,” said Heidrich, “hidden in fantastical plots, lovable characters and silly rhymes.

“Writers Ahrens and Flaherty bring to life the style, heart, and comedy of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters through a show that is song and dance from start to finish. Seussical is a witty, whimsical adventure story that presents to be the perfect challenge for youth actors.”

Musical direction is provided by Dorene Dundas with choreography by Hannah Green.

 

Playing the role of Cat in the Hat is Noah Pigza who performed in Rabbit Run Theater’s 2017 productions of “Guys and Dolls” and “Peter and the Starcatcher”.  He is entering Western Michigan University this fall as a musical theater major.

 

The role of Jojo is performed by fourth grader Madison Lawrie, and Horton the elephant is played by Nick Erholm, a freshman musical theater major at Temple University.

 

Also appearing in this production are Danielle Duke as Mayzie, Gabrielle Perusek as Sour Kangaroo, Grace Perry as Gertrude and Abigail Truax as General Schmitz.  Cameron Zona is performing the role of Mr. Mayor with Mrs. Mayor being performed by Gabrielle Palmer.

“Seussical” opens Friday, July 20, and runs through Saturday, July 28 and is rated for general audiences suitable for family entertainment.

Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online at www.rabbitrunonline.org.  Tickets are $15, adult; $13, senior and student; and $11 for youth 12 and under.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All evening shows for “Seussical” begin at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday, July 28, the performance is a family-friendly matinee beginning at 2 p.m.  There is no evening performance on July 28.

 

Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.  Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Remarkable Lake County, OH, Arts and Culture Program, Hearn Plumbing and Heating, Huffman-Mayer Wealth Management Group and Lighthouse Advisers.

 

Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.

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