OA: ‘Seussical’ on stage at Mesa

“Seussical: The Musical” is on stage now at Mesa State College and includes fan favorites from Dr. Seuss’ books. Shown here is Emily Morrow as the Cat in the Hat, center back and moving clockwise, Mathew Dickey as Horton the Elephant, Cosmo Wright as Jojo and Julie Michalak as Mrs. Mayor.

“Seussical: The Musical” is a who’s whosical of a musical at Mesa State College.

The play opened Sept. 24 and continues Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26–27, and Oct. 1–5. Reserve tickets
now. The box office expects the play to sell out.

Check out the new actors and favorites from past performances bringing roughly 30 Dr. Seuss books to life through song, dance and flashy costumes.

“Seussical” is also the first event of the new season to offer dinner theater. Mesa State will serve catered
buffet style meals in the Experimental Theater (Black Box) 90 minutes prior to show time for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances.

“It’s a fun show, it’s a happy show,” said Jeremy R. Franklin, director and lecturer of musical theater. He’s convinced the play will make the whole family laugh out loud and shed tears of joy.

“Seussical” is all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters in one play. The plot centers on Jojo, played by 11-year-olds Jorin Larsen and Cosmo Wright, the Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant.

The music spans several genres. There is boy band pop music, doo–wop, funk, rap and your standard musical theater, Franklin said.

Even the Sour Kangaroo has an Aretha Franklin-like attitude.

Best of all, the musical is mostly in rhyme.

For all the fun with Yertle the Turtle, Butter Battle, Sneetches, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Grinch and Green Eggs, call the box office at 248-1604 for tickets. The box office can also answer questions about the pre-show meals.

What: “Seussical: The Musical.”

When: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26–27, and Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 1–5. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. except the Oct. 5 matinee, which is at 2 p.m.

Where: Mesa State College, Moss Performing Arts Center, Robinson Theater, 1100 North Ave.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, faculty and staff and $5 for students. Dinner theater tickets cost $18 per person.

Info: 248-1604.


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