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Dr Seuss @ Carine High School

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Oh the thinks you can think
Theodor Geisel, who used his middle name, Seuss, when he wrote a series of much loved children's books, had some of them transformed into a stage musical in 2000 by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Carine High School, Dr Seuss, Amanda Crewes, Seussical
The Whos: Sonita Marshall, left, Summer Marshall, Jasmine Ruscoe, John Hugo, Kirra Geddes, Ashana Murphy and Jacob Tindall are The Whos in Seussical the musical this June. (Photo Courtesy of Amanda Crewes)

Seussical the musical was an instant hit and has been staged many times in Australia, the most recent effort being at Carine Senior High School this June.

The show is directed by Amanda Crewes with Yiannis Maxwell as musical director and Dorothy Gaunt as choreographer as a co-production between The Actors' Hub and Pristine Entertainment and has a cast of more than fifty.

"In true Seuss style, there's something in the show for adults as well as children," Crewes said. You cannot help but fall in love with these characters and their determination to achieve their goals and do what's right in the face of adversity.

"It's very clever how all the stories have been woven together and how each story affects the other.

"The songs are so catchy they're guaranteed to have you leaving the theatre humming away and tapping your toes for the next couple of days," she said.

"This show finds universal truths and we all feel we know what it's like for the characters because we've been there too. And then we realise we're relating to the plight of an elephant who finds a world so small it exists on a speck of dust he has placed on a clover to keep safe.

"Seussical warms the heart and makes you laugh and yet teaches you so much about humanity and what's really important in life."

"It's been an absolute pleasure directing this cast because there's so much talent.

Carine High School, Dr Seuss, Amanda Crewes, Seussical
Seussical the musical features Justin Gray, centre, as Horton with Jordan Crewes, left, Bradley Fraser, Quaid Kirchner, Letisha O'Niell, Nicholas Allen and Yiannis Maxwell as the Wickershams.(Photo Courtesy of Amanda Crewes)

"And while there are many of them, which can at times feel a little overwhelming as you realise you have to fit each person on stage, it often lends itself to the most amazingly diverse and creative ideas."

Seussical plays at 7.30pm, June 20 and 21 and 2pm June 21 and 22. Tickets are $25, $20 concession book on 0419 246 122.

Carine Senior High School is located on Osmaston Road, Carine.

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Why? The charming Dr Seuss to music
When: 2pm and 7:30pm
Phone: 0400 025 079
Where: Carine High School, Osmaston Road, Carine
Cost: $25, $20 concession
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