Whimsical 'Seussical' hits stage

By: Bruce Warren Journal Staff Writer
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Get ready to be a kid again when the musical “Seussical” rolls into the Placer High School auditorium for opening night July 17. Director Josh Brown and his staff have young actors from three different high schools, in addition to E.V. Cain and Bowman schools, ready for nine performances of a musical that features some characters from the Dr. Seuss books. Some of the characters on stage will be Cat in the Hat (Felicia Gold), Gertrude McFuzz (Kara Wolfey), Mayzie LaBird (Melina Gold), Grinch (Braeden Steinle), Horton (Zachary Miller) and the Sour Kangaroo (Melonie Weismann). “This role is completely different than anything I’ve ever done, vocally or otherwise, “ said Weismann, a graduate of Foresthill High School. Weismann, as mother Sour Kangaroo, gets to carry around her son Rico, a brown stuffed kangaroo, as part of her role. Part of the cast for this 13th annual production of the Summer Theatre Academy is made up of some wild bird characters. “It’s real exciting, because we get to sing a lot and wear fantastic costumes,” said Chailene Smith of E.V. Cain, who plays one of the four bird girls. Another bird girl, Amy Scott of Del Oro High School, describes the feathered friend roles, as “high energy birds and it’s just a whole lot of fun and I’ve made a lot of friends,” she said. Hannah Kile of E.V. Cain another of the birds loves to sing, and said she gets “to do a lot of that, and I love my costume.” Director Brown participated in the same Summer Theatre Academy program while attending Placer High School. “Seussical,” with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, is Brown’s third production, having directed “Bye Bye Birdie,” and “Peter Pan.” “It helped me build self confidence and public speaking skills, not to mention the theater skills,” Brown said. “They’re learning life skills that they will carry with them no matter where they go.” The young actors interviewed this week all mentioned making new friends and just bubbled with enthusiasm for the show. Rounding out the “Seussical” staff are music director Wendy Brown, not related to the director, choreographer Roni McConnen, and producers Daniel Berlant and Miccie McNee. The Journal’s Bruce Warren can be reached at , or comment at