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A bright and colourful show
All summer the young performers of Adelaide Youth Theatre Company have been working hard on their latest production, Seussical The Musical. The show is based on the characters of Dr Suess children's books, such as The Cat In The Hat and Horton the Elephant series.
I have read some of these books, however, I think this musical would have been difficult to comprehend for those who have not. I feel the show did not have enough of some background introduction to the characters. Plenty of songs and dancing, but not enough dialogue perhaps. However, this is not the fault of this company as they did not write the show.
Noah Magourilos did a great job of playing a young boy just like himself. Image supplied by AYT
Of the dialogue that was there, I found in parts was difficult to hear in this production. The actors need to watch their diction and finish the words completely. Even in some songs, the end of a word would trail off and meld into the next, such as child became chil... and then the next word in the song. Perhaps also, the Arts Theatre needs speakers to the rear. There were also some raucous audience members , which I remind that the theatre is not the sidelines at a footy game. This disturbs the theatre experience. I am all for applauding and showing kids you think the show is great, but their are pauses after each song for this.
Bridget Tran as the Cat with Paige Tran as Maizie the bird who had better things to do than be a Mother. Image supplied by AYT
Bridget Tran was well cast as the Cat in the Hat. She moves about the stage well but needs to project her voice a little more. Henry Tran, who played Horton the Elephant, had a big part and was looking at tad weary towards the end. He did a great job overall to remember all those lines and wear that elephant suit. JoJo the child character, was played by Noah Magourilos, and this was a good part for him to gain experience on stage.
The birds were played by two bright cheerful young ladies. Gertrude played by the adorable Claudia Heys. She has good rapport with the audience and lively animation. But the interaction between Horton and her was a little one sided. Horton needed to liven up when she was around. Next, was a likeable character of Maizie, I think she was an ostrich by Paige Tran. Paige has the ability to put animation on her face and made her scenes fun to watch.
Gertrude the bluebird falling for Horton the elephant. Image supplied by AYT.
All the other parts and chorus were well done. There were some very young little kids in the chorus and they looked fantastic in their bright costumes and weirdo hairdos. How hard does the costume department work! Well, done to all. One little girl, with the blonde hair up on top of here head, was noticeable. She remained part of the team but always had good expression on her face and a smile. Hoping she moves up the ranks for a main part soon.
The cast of Suessical in their Summer 2020 production by Adelaide Youth Theatre Company. Image supplies by AYT.
Well done to all. The kids I took with me found the storyline hard to follow, but enjoyed the songs and costumes.
Adelaide Youth Theatre is open to all kids and youth and holds regular workshops in performing arts and social activities for members. Do consider attending one of their school holiday performances with your family.
The performance I saw on Friday 24th January 2020 was brilliant......different people playing parts that you mentioned, not sure why they weren't performing when you attended. There were 3 birds, the Cat in the Hat was simply amazing and extremely talented.....as were other participants.....I haven't stopped raving about it!