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‘Seussical Jr.’ To Be Performed by KPMS in West Hartford

The King Philip Middle School Drama Workshop will presents ‘Seussical, Jr.’ on April 28, 29, and 30, 2016 in West Hartford.

Cast of KPMS 'Seussical Jr.' Submitted photo

Cast of KPMS ‘Seussical Jr.’ Submitted photo

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A 65-member cast will appear in the KPMS Drama Workshop’s presentation of Seussical, Jr.  on April 28, 29,  and 30 at King Philip Middle School. Based on musical selections from the popular works of Dr. Seuss, Seussical Jr. is directed by Lauren Pouliot, KPMS music teacher, with musical direction by Joseph Ganci, KPMS band director.

King Philip Middle School will present Seussical Jr. beginning April 28. Submitted photo

King Philip Middle School will present Seussical Jr. beginning April 28. Submitted photo

The cast are King Philip students who audition and produce the show with after school music, dance, and actor rehearsals. The King Philip Drama Workshop offers year-round events and Seussical, Jr. is the main stage spring musical event.   Students assist with all aspects of the production including props and costuming to backstage crew and production.

“The beauty of this production,” states Director Lauren Pouliot, “is that the songs allow our student actors to easily step into the fantasy through the lyrics. While the Dr. Seuss characters are “fantastical,”  they all have heart and attributes that our actors – and audience members – identify with. Our students are having fun and are eager to share the magic with their audience.”

Audience members will see Dr. Seuss characters come alive on stage. Cat in the Hat plays host while Horton the Elephant guides the viewer on a journey from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the World of the Whos, as a little boy with a big imagination proves that a person is a person no matter how small.

The King Philip Production of Seussical Jr. is directed by Lauren Pouliot, music direction by Joseph Ganci, and co-produced by Brian Jones and Doreen Oshinskie. Tickets are $10  (adults), $5 ( children), and free for children under 5. Tickets are available at the door during each performance or by emailing [email protected]. Proceeds at the ticket office help fund future student performances.

Seussical Jr. is based on the works Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The show was co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle based on the works of Dr. Seuss.  Music is supervised, adapted and produced by Bryan Louiselle.  Seussical Jr. is presented by King Philip Middle School through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Script, music and all other material (c)2006 Music Theatre International Broadway Junior and MTI’s Broadway Junior Collection are trademarks of Music Theatre International. All rights reserved.

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