Encore Youth Theater bringing “Seussical Jr.” to life

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The Hartland Players’ Encore Youth Theater is presenting “Seussical Jr.,” a musical based on the children’s stories of Dr. Seuss.

Performances are set for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hartland Performing Arts Center, 9525 E. Highland Road. Tickets, available at the Cromaine Library or online at www.hartlandplayers.org, are $8 for adults, and $6 for students and seniors.

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and other favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in this fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! This musical is full of dancing and singing entertainment, great for children of all ages!

Bringing the Encore Youth Theater’s production life is the cast: Josie Archer, Andrea Arnold, Bailey Atkin, Tyler Atkin, Ava Dadabhoy, Lucy Egenolf, Elliot Gay, Mason Gay, Gabby Giorgio, Grace Glazer, Jack Grossman, Ryleigh Harris, Kennedy Joseph, Lydia LaRue, Sidney McCray, Andrew McDonald, Murphy McIntyre, Izzie Oelslager, Jack Oelslager, Addison Payne, Joslynn Perrine, Tommy Persons, Carmen Pushman, Layton Pushman, Jayan Raju, Kieley Ready, Paige Reck, Ellie Rider, Emma Rider, Mikaela Robbins, Julie Ross, Mary Ross, Nancy Ross, Gabby Sheets, Gracie Sheets, Avery Shrier, Ellery Shrier, Lucas Somers, Karissa Szczechowicz, Matthew White, Ava Whitson, Ella Whitson, Lana Zapata.

The production team includes co-directors-Karen Ellis and MaryJo Bell; producer Kelly McIntyre; and student director Jaclyn Ellis.

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