Yesterday I had the extreme pleasure of attending “Seussical the Musical” at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby.
In this lively show, the Cat in the Hat takes JoJo and Horton the elephant on a musical adventure as Horton endeavors to protect the people of Whoville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. Characters and scenarios from seventeen Dr. Seuss books appear in the show, including the Grinch and little Cindy Lou Who. Not only that, but early arrivers enjoy pre-show entertainment in the Main Gallery prior to most performances.
From the first step inside to the last laugh, this show was remarkable. We started out meeting The Cat in the Hat himself who was so engaging and lively that he even had Santa on speed dial and the whole audience giggling, laughing, and acting right alongside him. The Cat was not the only amazing actor, however! Sour Kangaroo belted out some Aretha Franklin-type lyrics, Gertrude McFuzz gave an outstanding performance growing her tail nice and beautiful to get the attention of Horton the Elephant, and Mayzie LaBird while irresponsible with her nest, was top notch in her performance. Thing 1 and Thing 2 caused trouble as usual – they even caused their own rainstorm – and Horton, JoJo, and the rest of the cast had the audience loving every single minute. While this play is wonderful for children and families, adults and singles will find this play just as magical as the books they remember reading when they were younger. They may even chant along with the Green Eggs and Ham cadence during the Butter Battle!
Please allow me (for a moment) to share my weekend inspiration with you -
In Lake County, for you, is a musical – a must see!
It is lively and giddy, absolutely.
Full of singing and Santa and laughing galore,
This musical is Seussical – go see it, I implore!
If you have yet to see the performance, the musical lasts through December 16 in the Corning Auditorium at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Oh.
Tickets are $15 for children ages ten and under; $23 for students and seniors and $25 for adults. Discounted rates are available for groups of ten or more. Coupon books are also available at discounted prices.
Call Fine Arts at (440) 951-7500 or log on to www.fineartsassociation.org for reservations and further information. The Corning Auditorium is barrier free. Safe, secure, on-site parking is FREE.