Seussical at Stevens

1/21/2008:

Nine shows over three weekends in February!

Seussical, the Musical

seussical-musical-hoboken.jpgThe Center for the Performing Arts at DeBaun Auditorium is proud to present The Theater Company’s production of Seussical, which will run for three consecutive weekends on February 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2008 at 8pm and February 10, 17 & 24, 2008 at 3pm at DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall, 5th & Hudson Sts. in Hoboken, NJ.

Seussical is a musical whose story is an amalgamation of many of Dr. Seuss’ most famous books. The plot of the show mirrors that of “Horton Hears a Who!” centering on Horton the Elephant’s endeavors to protect the people of Whoville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. The Cat in the Hat, an outside observer, acts as narrator and devil’s advocate throughout the show, briefly leaping into the action on several occasions to keep the story moving. The show also features characters from many other Seuss books, including the Wickersham Brothers, Gertrude McFuzz, the Sour Kangaroo, Mayzie La Bird, and many more.

In all, the following Seuss books have some characters and/or settings incorporated into the show: “Horton Hears a Who!”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories”, “Horton Hatches the Egg”, “I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew”, “McElligot’s Pool”, “The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz”, “Hunches in Bunches”, “The Butter Battle Book”, “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?”, and, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Read more about this production, and a summary of the venue, directions, ticket info and more after the jump.

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With music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (both Tony Award winners for Ragtime), the original Broadway production of Seussical opened on November 30, 2000. It was directed by Frank Galan and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall with costume design by William Ivey Long. Seussical played for 34 previews and 198 performances (6 months) on Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre. Throughout the original Broadway run, there were many celebrity Cat in the Hat replacements, including Rosie O’Donnell and Cathy Rigby. Since it’s appearance on Broadway, the show has experienced popular success in regional and children’s theater companies across the country.

The Theater Company’s production of Seussical is lead by director/choreographer Billy Mitchell. Mitchell is at the helm of his fourth production for The Theater Company, the resident performing company at The Center for the Performing Arts. His previous productions include last season’s Into the Woods, Schoolhouse Rock Live! and this season’s Off the Beaten Path, presented at the Hudson County One Acts Festival. “It’s always flattering to be asked to return to a theater,” says Mitchell. “It’s encouraging to think The Center considers me an asset to their season.” Unlike the other productions, The Center has asked Mitchell not only to direct but also choreograph. Mitchell says that he is confident that he can deliver a unity of style and character in both capacities. With that in mind, Mitchell is giving the show the feel of a ‘70s variety show. “A ‘70s variety show offers a number of accepted conceits and gives us liberty to play with different narrative devices…,” explains Mitchell. “Since the variety show format allows for random appearances by different ‘hosts,’ as well as show-stopping moments and heartfelt scenes, it’s a great framework for the characters to all get a chance to share their stories.” Keeping all of Dr. Seuss’ stories in mind, Mitchell hopes that the audience will see some “Seuss” everywhere that they look on stage, but also be surprised and entertained by this interpretation.

Mitchell is joined by Liz Gerbi as the Musical Director for Seussical. Gerbi, like Mitchell, is returning to The Theater Company after last season’s productions of Dreamgirls and Schoolhouse Rock Live! The directors lead the multi-talented, ensemble cast, which includes Eric Anderson, Rebekah Bayles, Emily Beatty, Lezlee Benninger, Daphne Ciccarelle, Leo da Silva, Bridget B. Dunn, Mark Dunn, Jenny Fersch, Erin Flanagan, Robert Gonzales Jr., Leah Greenhaus, Samantha Gutterman, James Keelen, Peyton Kennedy, Fred Mursch, Kelly Nichols, Danielle C. Pennisi, Don Pflaster, Liza Poor, Nicole Spano, Katherine Tresch, Laura Yoder and Shou Zhang. For cast and director biographies and pictures, please visit The Center’s website at www.debaun.org/cgi-bin/onstage/SeussicalCast.php

With this production, The Center is offering a Kid’s Acting Workshop with the Seussical cast and directors on February 17 & 24, 2008 at 1pm. The workshop is geared for all different skill levels, children ages 7-12, where they can learn about performing musical theater alongside theater professionals in a relaxed, hands-on and fun atmosphere. During the workshop, the attendees will learn a song and dance number from the show taught by the director, musical director and dance captain. Then, after seeing the show, they will get onstage and perform what they learned for the audience with the entire cast. The cost is $25 per child and includes admission to the 3pm performance of Seussical. Register your child for either date (February 17 or 24 at 1pm) at www.debauntickets.org or by contacting our Box Office at 201.216.8937 or BoxOffice@debaun.org.

Tickets for the Seussical are $25 for adults, $20 students & seniors, and $15 for children under the age of twelve. Discover Jersey Arts members will receive a discount of 20% (up to two tickets) when they present their card at the box office. To purchase tickets on-line visit The Center’s free web-ticketing site at www.debauntickets.org, or to make a reservation either call 201.216.8937 or email BoxOffice@debaun.org

Summary

Performance Dates: February 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2008 at 8pm and February 10, 17 & 24, 2008 at 3pm
Location: DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall, 5th & Hudson Sts., Hoboken, NJ (Accessible by PATH & Light Rail); Discounted parking & directions.
Tickets: $25 adults/$20 students & seniors/$15 children under twelve
Discover Jersey Arts Discount: 20% off ticket price (up to two tickets)
Dinner & Show Package: $45/person includes ticket to performance and dinner at Court Street Restaurant & Bar (gratuity and drinks not included)
Kid’s Acting Workshop: $25/child, includes ticket to performance; Workshop dates are February 17 & 24, 2008 at 1pm
Box Office: 201.216.8937, BoxOffice@debaun.org or on-line at www.debauntickets.org

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