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March 13: Seussical staged at Hood College

Thursday, March 13, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—A comedy and child-friendly musical that takes the audience on a unique adventure with Dr. Seuss characters will be performed at Hood College.

Seussical will be staged by the Hood College Student Musical Theatre March 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the College's Brodbeck Music Hall.

Filled with humor and plot twists, Seussical presents an imaginative take on the classical children's books. The production references 18 different Seuss stories and uses key plot points from Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Hatches the Egg, and The One Feather Tail of Gertrude McFuzz.

The play begins when the Cat in the Hat, summoned by the creative thoughts of a young boy, comes to life to tell the story of Horton, an elephant that discovers a speck of dust containing Whos. Horton befriends Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." As the play progresses Horton faces a double challenge—not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but also he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie LaBird. Horton confronts ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Created by Tony award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the play debuted on Broadway in 2000 and ran for nearly 200 performances.

The production features a cast of 18 Hood students and 10 young actors from the community.

Tickets are by reservation only and can be reserved online at

Donations to the student-run organization will be accepted at the performances.

The show is directed by Hood College senior Travis Gilbert; musical direction is provided by Lynn Staininger, instructor of music.

For more information, contact