“A person’s a person no matter how small.” These are the immortal words of Horton, the loyal elephant we all fell in love with as a child when reading the Dr. Seuss classic Horton Hears a Who. And these are the words left filling this reporter with joy after seeing Buford High School’s production of Seussical The Musical on Sunday, January 7th at the Buford Fine Arts Center. This show kicked off the second half of the 2017-18 school year with performances January 7th-9th.
The first book I learned to read was Cat in the Hat, and that along with being someone whose educational background leaves them as an advocate for the arts and all things creative left me counting the minutes until showtime. I always enjoy seeing students showcase their talents outside of the classroom! The students did not disappoint! I was mesmerized throughout the entire performance and left feeling inspired. I was glad I braved the cold to attend! The casting was perfect, and every detail was factored in. It was clearly a team effort between cast and crew. The sets were perfect, the costumes brilliant, and the performance nothing short of amazing! It was obvious that the students had put in countless hours of rehearsal because the acting and singing were both flawless. Each performer truly embraced his or her character to the fullest extent.
This show was perfect for audience members of all ages with the introduction even encouraging parents to let “young children do what they do.” Seussical the Musical is a mash-up of several Dr. Seuss classics. The soundtrack includes music and dancing that spreads across multiple genres to delight everyone! The show was funny while making audience members think. Theodore Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, always had a message along with his entertaining tales of what at first seem like nonsensical creatures.
Junior Trevor Dodge was funny and captivating as The Cat in the Hat. He states in the playbill that he hopes to one day be on Broadway and I feel that he is well on his way to accomplishing that goal! Fellow Junior Keighly Brown thrilled as dreamer Jojo/The Girl. Horton was played by Quinn Conrath whose facial expressions and heartfelt performance almost stole the show for this audience member. Everyone in the crowd felt the plight of poor Horton as he stayed loyal to an egg that didn’t belong to him while keeping his promise to protect the “Whos” despite being ridiculed by everyone around him. Takeaways about perseverance and staying true to yourself galore!
Make sure and follow The Wolf Pack Players on Twitter @Troupe2971 and on the Buford High School website www.bufordhs.org to stay updated about upcoming shows like The Addams Family and Cabaret!