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October 1, 2008

Cabrillo College’s Fall Production Seussical Brings Opportunities
for Local Schools and Children to Participate on Stage

Aptos, CA--Cabrillo College Theatre Arts department presents its fall production, Seussical, playing November 8 – 23, in the Cabrillo Theater.

What is Seussical? It is a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss. But it isn't just a string of his stories set to music. In fact, the authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime) have created a totally new, full-length book musical with a story that weaves together Seuss’s most famous tales and characters in unexpected ways. The Seuss lexicon includes hundreds of wondrous characters, creatures, places and things, and Seussical incorporates elements from at least fifteen of Seuss’s books. Many of Seuss’s characters have never crossed paths before, but they meet in this musical, and in the course of the evening some will fall in love, some will have desperate adventures and some will save the world, traveling from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott's Pool to Palm Beach.

"I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age! Why, one Think and you dragged me right onto the stage! Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue, with a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!"

So says the mischievous Cat in the Hat at the onset of this magical show. The authors have brought to life all the favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville! These classic, colorful tales are seamlessly brought together by Jojo, a young boy and “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks!” The score emerges as a Seussian gumbo of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. As each story unfolds audiences will marvel at how relevant and profound Seuss’s subtle themes are, making this musical one that appeals to all ages.

Theodore Giesel wrote the Dr. Seuss books in the 1950s as an answer to educators who complained that young people lacked both an interest in reading and reading skills. Today, Dr. Seuss books are considered classics of children's literature that continue to excite and inspire. Cabrillo’s Seussical director, Kathryn Adkins, feels the show is just the antidote for today’s troubles. "In our current time of political change, economic uncertainty, war and threat, Seussical may just be the tonic to sooth fears and open minds," explains Adkins.

"The artistic designers are having a blast developing the Dr. Seuss world,” continues Adkins, "It is a world that bridges the everyday with that of a young boy's imagination. Skip Epperson has created a set with a multi-location house-in-a cube, a nest and a patch of unbelievable clover. Technical director Marcel Tijoe has created effects that zip, toot, boom and sparkle. Maria Crush present costumes that promise to be full of wonder."

Although a student production, the cast boasts many local favorites including Jon Mark Hurley (Nicely Nicely in Cabrillo Stage's Guys and Dolls), Todd Phillips (Um Gee Um Improv Group) and David Jackson (Peter in Cabrillo Stage's Jesus Christ Superstar), to name only a few.

The Theatre Arts department is offering two exciting opportunities for schools and young children to participate in Seussical. Ten local schools will be given the opportunity to choose four students, from the 4th and 5th grades, to be awarded for academic success, personal responsibility or attendance. The winners will receive a no-expense, no-rehearsal role, performing in the opening scene of Seussical for one performance only. They will then be able to watch the remainder of the show from the audience and afterwards take a backstage tour to see how all the magic is created. Each student will be given one free ticket for an accompanying adult. For more information call 423-9808 or email wmeppers@cabrillo.edu

The second opportunity for local schools is a class field trip. The cast of Seussical will present a special student-only performance on Friday, November 21 at 10:00 AM at the Cabrillo Theater. This special presentation will be at a discounted rate of $10.00 per student or chaperone, when attending as a class. Teachers will receive a pre-show packet filled with teaching materials including interesting facts on Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), website listings, book titles for additional teaching materials and answers to questions about what the students will see on stage. Seussical is appropriate for all grade levels.

Revisiting Dr. Seuss, at any age, is a wonder.  It was Dr. Seuss who believed in helping a friend, in not giving up, in keeping a promise. He believed in the value and dignity of others, in working to preserve the fragile sweetness of the natural world, and that peace is the ultimate ideal among nations and in every heart. Dr. Seuss also believed in the pure power of the imagination. You will find all his visions at the heart of Seussical.

What: Seussical

When: Nov. 8 – 23, 2008. Saturdays at 8:00PM; Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM; Special added performance on Friday, Nov. 14

Where: Cabrillo Theater, Cabrillo College 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Tickets: $18 general, $15 seniors/students, $10 Students w/activity card and children 12 and under

Tickets: 479-6331 or www.ticketguys.com

School participation info: 423-9808 or wmeppers@cabrillo.edu

About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers over 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to 4-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

 

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