“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
The fun begins with open auditions (ages 8-19) Friday January 13th from 5-8:30 pm at Freedom Fellowship, 8103 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354. Callbacks will be Saturday January 14th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at WoodsEdge Community Church, 25333 Gosling Road, Spring, TX 77389.
For this show, most rehearsals will take place on Saturdays, with just a few Friday rehearsals. Those Fridays will include January 20th and 28th as well as March 24th and March 31st. Those scheduled dates will be held at Freedom Fellowship. Saturday rehearsals will be at Woodsedge. Rehearsal times will be announced soon.
Vocal Director: Jane Hallford
Choreographer: Jessica Rajski
Choreographer: Justin Ray
Assistant Director: Hunter McDonald
- The Cat in the Hat – The main character who is the mischievous, imaginative, comedic narrator of the show. The Cat acts as a mentor to Jojo throughout the play. The Cat also plays several other characters in the story, including the Bailiff in “The People vs. Horton The Elephant,” Mr. McGurkus, Jose the Pool Boy in “Mayzie in Palm Beach,” Doctor Dake in “Amazing Gertrude,” a piano player imitating Louie Armstrong, an auctioneer, and others. The Cat often breaks the fourth wall for comedic effect. This role can be for a boy or girl.
- Horton the Elephant – While the Cat gets top billing, Horton is the heart and soul of Seussical. He is described as a thinker and an outsider, almost a blue-collar worker. He tries to protect the Whos and care for the egg Mayzie leaves behind even though the animals think he is crazy. He and Gertrude become the parents of the elephant-bird.
- The Boy/JoJo – A thinker, the child of The Mayor and Mrs. Mayor, gets into trouble for thinking. He or she and Horton bond over the fact that they are outcasts because of what they do (Horton protecting the Who’s and Jojo’s “thinks”). He or she is appreciated in the end. This role can be for a boy or girl.
- Gertrude McFuzz – The loyal bird-neighbor of Horton, she loves him but is shy due to having only one feather for a tail. She has major insecurities about her tail and seeks help from Mayzie La Bird because she has a tail Gertrude envies. Gertrude changes throughout the show from being nervous and self-aware of her imperfect tail to focusing instead on accepting who she is and caring for the baby elephant bird. Horton eventually falls for her and she becomes the adoptive mother of the elephant bird in the end.
- Mayzie LaBird – A vivacious, self-centered, selfish and vain bird who tells Gertrude to take pills so her tail will grow longer. Mayzie never admits her flaws and is manipulative with Horton so that she can escape her responsibilities. She is the mother of the elephant-bird Horton and Gertrude adopt but she abandons him and goes to Palm Beach.
- Sour Kangaroo – A rude kangaroo who teases Horton and calls him the “biggest blame fool in the jungle of Nool” because he tries to protect the Whos. Later, she gets him arrested and put on trial because of protecting the Whos and caring for Mayzie’s egg after she deserts it. At the end of the show, she realizes that the Whos are real. She offers Horton to help care for them
- Young Kangaroo-daughter of Sour kangaroo. Her adorable counterpart, must sing well.
- The Mayor – The newly elected Mayor of the Who’s, Jojo’s father.
- Mrs. Mayor – The Mayor’s wife, Jojo’s mother.
- The Wickersham Brothers – Mischievous monkeys who steal Horton’s clover from him. They work as henchmen for the Sour Kangaroo.
- The Young Kangaroo (Roo) – The Young Kangaroo can be played by a puppet attached to the Sour Kangaroo’s costume or a person. Does everything Sour Kangaroo does.
- The Bird Girls – The Bird Girls are a type of Greek chorus who are Mayzie’s friends. They act as the narrators when the Cat in the Hat is not around.
- The Grinch – The Grinch is a notable member of Whoville, known for organizing their Christmas pageant.
- The Elephant Bird – Usually played by a small child actor, the elephant bird is revealed in the finale as a cute and whimsical mix of dramatic Mayzie and humble Horton.
- Yertle the Turtle – Yertle is the judge of the jungle, appearing at the beginning of the show and in “People vs Horton the Elephant”
- Vlad Vladikoff – A cameo role. He is hired by the Sour Kangaroo to steal Horton’s clover. Due to his cameo role, he may also be in the ensemble.
- The Hunters – They hunt and capture Horton. They take him to New York City and auction him to the Man from the Circus
- The Whos – Citizens of Whoville, idealistic citizens of a “pleasantville”-type town. Also included in this category are The Cadets, boys in Schmitz’s military.
- The Jungle Creatures – Flexible movers who appear as dancers and singers in jungle scenes.
- Hunches – These are representations of Jojo’s thoughts, and are controlled by the Cat in the Hat.
- Circus Performers – Acts in the Circus McGurkus. Clowns, animals, gymnasts – they sing backup in “Solla Sollew”.
- Fish – They are JoJo’s “Thinks” in “It’s Possible”. They sing back up for “It’s Possible” too.
Thing 1 and Thing 2 – Younger all-mime characters that help The Cat tell the story. Must have great facial expressions and gymnastics is a plus.