Adelaide Youth Theatre Company presents Seussical - A Dr Seuss themed musical aimed at all ages playing 24th Jan - 6pm, 25th Jan - 7pm & 26th Jan at 2pm. The show featured two casts of talented children across the show's schedule. Directed by Serena Martino-Williams and Jesse Budel it featured Music by Stephen Flaherty with Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and based on the book by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle and based on the works of Dr Seuss.
Seussical is set in the Jungle of Nool and features adaptions of different Dr Seuss stories with catchy rhyming songs. This story follows an Elephant called Horton (Deon Martino-Williams), who lives in The Jungle of Nool with Mayzie La Bird (Londyn Foreman), Gertrude McFuzz (Gemma Dandie), Sour Kangaroo (Erica Obur) & her Baby Kangaroo (Tahila Hartwell). The Story is narrated by The Cat in The Hat (Nathan Stafford) who is telling the story of The Jungle of Nool to Jojo, who soon joins the story as the son of Mr & Mrs Major (Nick Mitchell & Emily Hartwell) of Who-ville. Jojo thinks a lot and when his imagination runs wild, this often gets him in trouble. Jojo feels all alone until Horton hears Who-Ville and finally Jojo and Horton don't feel so alone, because they both have a friend in the Universe.
Stafford was made to play The Cat in the Hat. He was hilarious, confident and owned the stage. He said all the rhymes with ease and sang all the lyrics with pleasure and made the audience laugh when he constantly broke into song with 'How Lucky You Are'. I really enjoyed the duet to 'Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!' with Jojo (Bridges). Their voices worked well together and this was a standout moment going inside Jojo's imagination as the bathroom transformed into a sea, full of brightly coloured fish - a brilliant use of costumes.
Oscar Bridges was great as Jojo. He was confident and had an incredible voice for such a young age. He took the audience on a journey of the mind where we believed, not only he was a Who, but that Horton could hear him so tiny down in Who-ville. Deon Martino Williams was a great Horton. He took to the stage with confidence and it showed. His duet with Bridges to 'Alone in the Universe' was beautiful - they had a great onstage connection.
The combination of the sassy Kangaroo duo was great to watch. Erica Our has a powerful voice that hit some hard notes with such ease and Tahila Binetti finished off some notes with sass and style as she clicked her fingers alongside her on-stage mother. I loved this combination as it worked so well against the Latin style outfits of the Birds in the production.
Mayzie La Bird wore a Samba style dress and headpiece that looked the part but when she sang 'Amayzing Mayzie', she owned that stage. She has confidence and personality as she made this her own. When she was joined by the other birds (Alessia Charman, Charlotte Lawrence, Paige Tran) who did a feather burlesque style routine, this put the show up another level. This production already had creative costumes, great set design, inventive choreography and now a combination of Soul, Burlesque, Salsa and Samba added to a catchy musical.
Gemma Dandie was great as Gertrude McFuzz. She made the audience believe Horton was her love interest and although mostly throughout it was one sided, by the end of the production they had a good onstage chemistry when Horton finally notices her. I really love Gertrude's story of realising you don't have to change for your friends or your crush as when you're a good person with a kind heart, that's what people will notice. Gertrude changed her tail for Horton's attention but he didn't notice until she got rid her beautiful tail and helped him not only find the Who's, but leave the circus and now raise their Elephant Bird Baby together. All Seuss stories are about learning - Gertrude learnt to love herself as she is and her friends will too.
Starring Nathan Stafford as The Cat in the Hat, Ocsar Bridges as Jojo, Deon Martino-Williams as Horton, Gemma Dandie as Gertrude McFuzz, Londyn Foreman Mayzie La Bird, Erica Obur as Sour Kangaroo, Tahila Binetti as Baby Kangaroo, Nick Mitchell & Emily Hartwell as Mr & Mrs Mayor.
Featuring songs 'Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!', 'Horton Hears a Who!', 'Biggest Blame Fool', 'A Day for the Cat in the Hat', 'How to Raise a Child', "The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz", 'Amayzing Mayzie', 'Monkey Around', 'How Lucky You Are', 'Egg, Nest, and Tree', 'Alone in the Universe', 'The Grinch Carved the Roast Beast', 'Green Eggs and Ham' and more.
Adelaide Youth Theatre Company have done it again, another amazing show with a talented cast, catchy songs and inspiring costumes. 5/5 stars.