PITTSBURG — The wacky world of Dr. Seuss is coming alive at Memorial Auditorium this week through Pittsburg High School’s production of Seussical the Musical.
Seussical — the PHS all-school musical — combines theater, symphony and choir with students throughout PHS and even from St. Mary’s Colgan High School. The production opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday with shows at 7 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. There will also be a 2 p.m. show on Saturday.
Director and PHS Theatre Instructor Greg Shaw said he chose Seussical because it has always been a favorite of his.
“I think it’s kind of the perfect high school production,” Shaw said. “There is no one who won’t enjoy it from zero to 150 years old, and we all grew up with Dr. Seuss.”
This was also the first production Shaw did at Pittsburg High School when he started in 2007. It’s the first play he has redone, but this year he’s adding some new features.
“We’re trying some brand new things with this production,” Shaw said. “We’ve got full stage projection, which is very cool and perfect for this show.”
The show has a cast of 45 students on stage, with an orchestra of 16 students in the pit, and an additional 15 students backstage. The set large, with a massive assortment of colors and characters, and the stage projection creates a really dynamic look for an already exciting show.
There are many young thespians returning to lead roles who were standouts in the PHS production of The Addams Family, including Andrew Ortolani as Cat in the Hat, Sammy Jamison as Horton the Elephant and McKenna Shaw as Gertrude McFuzz.
Alexis Daniels — who played Pugsley Addams — returns as JoJo, the lead Who. It is a role that her older sister played ten years ago in Shaw’s first production of Seussical at PHS.
There are also new faces joining the cast, including Addy Campbell, a freshman who plays Mayzie La Bird.
The stage cast is also joined by an orchestra led by Director Cooper Neal and Vocal Instructor Susan Laushman.
Shaw said the group is also hosting a reunion between the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on Saturday for members of the cast from 2007 and any other alumni from the 10-year program.
Tickets for the show are $10 for reserved floor seating, $8 for reserved balcony and $5 for general admission balcony.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.