King's Hawford

28 June

Year Three and Four Pupils Dazzle in ‘Seussical Jr.’ Performance

In a dazzling display of talent and dedication, a group of Year Three and Four pupils treated their parents to an unforgettable performance of highlights from ‘Seussical Jr. the Musical’ by Lynn Ahrens. This enchanting performance was led by Ellie Bailey from Monkeys in Motion, who skilfully directed the young cast through their after-school rehearsals every Friday. Despite a frequently changing cast, the children seamlessly managed multiple roles and frequent costume changes, showcasing their versatility and commitment.

The vibrant and energetic musical, based on the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss, was brought to life by a talented cast of singers whose excellent pitching and projection captivated the audience. The cast included:

  • JoJo – Valerie M
  • Cat in the Hat – Amelie B
  • Horton the Elephant – Alanna A
  • Mr. Mayor of Whoville – Ellie M
  • Mrs. Mayor of Whoville – Ellie M
  • Gertrude McFuzz – Rosie H
  • Amazing Mayzie – Ellie H
  • Sour Kangaroo – Ellie M
  • Judge Yertle the Turtle – Chaya
  • General Schmidt – Ellie H

‘Seussical Jr.’ invites the audience into the enchanting world of Dr. Seuss, where iconic characters such as The Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant come alive. The Cat in the Hat, serving as our guide, introduces us to the Jungle of Nool, where Horton, a kind-hearted elephant, discovers a speck of dust containing the tiny world of Whoville. There, he meets JoJo, a Who child whose imaginative thinking lands him in military school. Horton takes it upon himself to protect Whoville, nestled on a clover, while also caring for an abandoned egg left by the lazy Mayzie la Bird.

As Horton endeavours to convince the other animals of Whoville’s existence, he faces ridicule and is put on trial for insanity. Yet, through it all, his loyal neighbour Gertrude McFuzz stands by his side, unwavering in her support. Their bond of friendship and love ultimately prevails as they band together to save the Who’s, free Horton, and restore peace to the Jungle of Nool. The story beautifully weaves themes of friendship, loyalty, and the importance of staying true to oneself.

The performance, a delightful conclusion to Arts Week, was met with resounding applause and appreciation from parents and teachers alike. The young performers, under Miss Bailey’s expert guidance, delivered a show brimming with enthusiasm and joy.

A heartfelt thank you to Miss Bailey for making the rehearsals so enjoyable and to the talented pupils for their hard work and brilliant performances. The ‘Seussical Jr.’ highlights not only entertained but also left a lasting impression of the power of creativity and teamwork.