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Posted: March 18, 2018

Dr. Seuss characters take the stage this spring

Jordyn Walker plays the Cat in the Hat.

By Jasmine Beaulac

Will Thomson plays Horton.

Eleven years after Mount Baker Secondary School’s first production of Seussical, Wild Theatre will have you dancing and falling out of your seat with laughter once again.

This family-friendly show brings the classic Dr. Seuss tales we know and love, such as ‘The Cat In The Hat,’ ‘Horton Hears a Who!,’ and many others to life through song and dance at Cranbrook’s very own Key City Theatre, May 10-13.

In Seussical, The Cat in The Hat (played by Jordyn Walker) is imagined to the stage by little Jojo (Hudson Gross), who has quite the mind for his age, and is told by the Cat, “Now that I’m here there’s no telling what may ensue, with a cat such as me, and a thinker like you.”

The show follows the worlds of Jojo’s imagination, starting with the adventures of Horton the Elephant (Will Thompson). When Horton hears a small noise after a dust speck blows past him in the pool, he discovers that the tiny specimen is, in fact, a planet filled with tiny people called Whos, led by a Mayor (Adam Ogilvie) and his wife (Lauren Tracey). Although the Sour Kangaroo (Maddie Hill), Wickersham Brothers (Cedar Gross, Preston Graham, Tace Bradwell), Mayzie La Bird (Ibai Alonso Fernandez) and her bird girls (Jasmine Beaulac, Savanna Fisk, Emma McGee) along with all of the citizens in the Jungle of Nool believe Horton is out of his mind, Horton never loses hope in his quest save the Whos from ruin.

Hudson Gross plays Jojo.

Come join Jojo and meet characters like Gertrude McFuzz (Georgia Hamilton), General Genghis Khan Schmitz (Ladnar Berke), The Grinch (Suzanne Coulter), and many others through song and dance this spring.

Be sure to check out the Wild Theatre Instagram (@wild_theatre) and Facebook page (Wild Theatre) for updates and sneak peeks on the show with a book, music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and co-conceived with Eric Idle.

Tickets are available at the Key City Theatre Box Office (20-14th Ave. N Cranbrook, BC (250) 426-7006

As Dr. Seuss once said, “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” So make the right decision and steer yourself to Key City Theatre this May for a time to remember.

Lead image: The Bird Girls and Wickersham Brothers (l to r: Emma McGee, Preston Gramm, Savannah Fisk, Cedar Gross, Jasmine Beaulac and Tace Bradwell.) All photos by Anna Ruoss

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