Wild Theatre set to stun with spring musical “Seussical”
Mount Baker Wild Theatre will present the long-anticipated musical, “Seussical” from May 10-13, at the Key City Theatre.
The 31 cast members, directed by Mary Hamilton, have been practicing three times weekly since the beginning of January to bring to Cranbrook their rendition of Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle’s “Seussical.” The play is based on the stories of author Dr. Seuss.
The story centres mostly around Horton Hears a Who, but features many beloved Seuss characters such as The Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, Mayzie La Bird, The Grinch and Gertrude McFuzz.
“Seussical is really special,” said Hamilton. “The music is fun, the characters are exciting and I think the themes of acceptance, fighting for what’s right, and being a voice for people who need it, is essential viewing for everyone right now. The best part is the cast, though. I love working with them. They’re positive, committed, and they just keep getting better.”
The crew behind the scenes of Wild Theatre feature many local talents. The vocal director is Caitlin Matwey, who is working together with orchestra director Stephanie Tichauer, to bring the audience an unforgettable musical performance.
“[The musical] is bright and colourful, and is going to be super- fun for families,” said Matwey.
Scott and Donna Yuill team up to bring the set of “Seussical” to life. The audience will have Anita Savage and her team of seamstresses to thank for bringing Georgia Hamilton’s costume designs to life.
“I’m going for a more three-dimensional take on ‘Seussical’ costumes,” Hamilton said. “I wanted the jungle to be a bit more human than it is usually portrayed – more of a concrete jungle. As for the ‘Whos,’ I was able to make things frilly and sweet.”
Tickets for “Seussical” are on sale now at the Key City Theatre. Curtain times are 7 p.m. from May 10-12 and 2:30 p.m. on May 13.
For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets: CONTACT: Key City Theatre: (250) 426-7006, or [email protected].
Lead image: Jordyn Walker, who plays the Cat in the Hat, in rehearsal. Photos by Mary Hamilton