Candy cane framework offers only a peek of the outrageous, delightful journey that is Massasoit Theatre Company’s family-friendly musical ‘Seussical the Musical’ continuing through Sunday, April 24 at Buckley Performing Arts Center in Brockton, Massachusetts. Directed by Adam Joy, this intricately-designed musical reawakens the imagination and gives new meaning to their opening number, ‘Oh the Thinks You Can Think’ and beyond. Click here for more information and for tickets to this enchanting show for all ages.
Part of the charm of Dr. Seuss is the delicate balance he strikes in characters that seem so far fetched, and yet familiar, capturing the human spirit in multifaceted ways. “Seussical ’s” appeal is the clever way of weaving famous characters from his books into an attractive, endearing story line, but still adding a poignant depth to each character. There’s nothing quite like learning a number of life’s most difficult, valuable lessons in a zany, imaginative setting. Massasoit Theatre Company’s production unleashes a musical that captures this complex spirit through its passionate performances while creating a dazzling spectacle with exuberance, sweetness, and heart.
Costume designer Jennifer Spagone’s bold, imaginative costumes in magnificent, multi-color feathers, ruffles, and animal prints enhance Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters. Set designer Michael Steers has recognizable, vivid landscapes burst forth in lively oranges, reds, blacks, purples, and blacks the way only Dr. Seuss’s beloved illustrations can. Flipping, florescent fish is just one of many special effects in this production.
Insightful lyrics drive both the upbeat, catchy tunes and the quieter moments. ‘It’s Possible,’ ‘Monkey Around,’ ‘Oh the Thinks You Can Think,’ ‘Alone in the Universe,’ “Notice Me,” and ‘Alone in the Universe’ will keep the entire family enthralled and the songs are a blend of soul, funk, and pop. Eli Bigelow is behind the exciting creative choreography, contributing to this world of possibilities.
From villains to heroes, the ‘Seussical’ cast does an excellent job of depicting each one of these adventurous characters. Caroline Smith portrays The Cat in the Hat with mischievous glee, as the ringleader of this exciting universe. Caroline dives into the role of this charismatic troublemaker with abandon, and at one point, even stealthily conducting the orchestra.
Nathan Fogg portrays shy, humble and an extremely sympathetic Horton the Elephant with gentle grace. He is a faithful and determined character in a wild world. Gertrude McFuzz, played with unassuming earnestness by Emily Buckley, share sweet chemistry filled with shy smiles and missed glances.
Nolan Gibbons is adorable as inquisitive JoJo, looking every bit like he walked right off the pages of the book in wide yellow stripes and red hair. JoJo’s version of “Solla Sollew” accompanied by Horton and Mr. and Mrs. Mayor, portrayed with mild mannered sensibility by Mack and Mary Donahue, is particularly poignant.
Anna Annese offers enthralling sass and a powerful belt as self-assured Sour Kangaroo. Alexander Hagerty, with a pitch perfect, deep voice, embraces the role as the Grinch, offering a compelling take on his grumpy demeanor. Katie Walsh depicts Mayzie La Bird with an alluring, narcissistic swagger and her sensational costume, along with her other bird friends, probably deserve all that extra attention. George Kippenhan offers a stern, single-minded, yet amusing depiction of the General, especially in his interaction with the other characters.
Not a bad seat at Buckley Performing Arts Center’s half moon stage. Located at One Massasoit Boulevard in Brockton, Massachusetts, ‘Seussical the Musical’ continues through Sunday, April 24. Call 508-427-1234 or click here for more information and for tickets. Like Massasoit Theatre Company on Facebook!