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McLaughlin Theatre Company players present 'Seussical'

Brains in their heads and feet in their shoes
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McLaughlin Theatre Company is excited to bring audiences one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Join the cast of 5- to 16-year-olds as they journey through the jungle of Nool.

Family Nights are planned for June 21 and 28. Child tickets (under age 12) cost $2 with each general ticket purchase.

Now one of the most performed shows in America, “Seussical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big  imagination – Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge – not only must he protect his tiny friend  Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes "his kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

This show is appropriate for all ages.

McLaughlin Theatre Company is the newest project of the Sierra Performing Arts Association. Started in March 2009 by Greg and Nancie Mc-Laughlin at the insistence of Gemma McKenney, one of McLaughlin Studios' private vocal in-structors, MTC helps to fill the needs of the community by providing an opportunity for talented students in Placer and Sacramento counties.

Only three years old, MTC has grown to include youth of all ages and talent levels. Log on to www.mtctheatre.org to learn more.

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“Seussical the Musical”

When: 8 p.m. June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30

Where: Newcastle School Amphitheatre, 8951 Valley View Drive, Newcastle

Cost: $12 general, $8 students

Tickets: www.mtctheatre.org

Info: (916) 652-6377