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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Dr. Seuss comes to life

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  • The “Cat in the Hat” and other famous characters from the pages of Dr. Seuss’ books will be coming to life on stage this weekend at Newton High School. The school is presenting “Seussical the Musical” with three performances: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18, in the NHS auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. “It’s a very high-energy show that’s great for a family outing, and it brings Dr. Seuss to life,” said NHS theater director Cassandra Conley. “... It’s kid friendly.” The show’s plot follows the story “Horton Hears a Who!,” about an elephant named Horton who tries to protect the people of Who-ville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. However, other characters from famous Dr. Seuss tales, such as “The Cat in the Hat,” also make appearances in the show. Conley said her students have been working hard to prepare for the show. They have been rehearsing two to three times a week since September, and students also have helped build the show’s whimsical sets and designed some of the colorful costumes. Some students are performing in the musical’s pit orchestra, as well. She estimates about 100 students are involved in the production. “I think a lot of the kids have really excelled in overcoming obstacles and have done really well with design,” she said. “It’s definitely student-driven.” She said being in a musical is a good experience for students and teaches them creativity, flexibility and problem-solving skills. “I think theater helps prepare them for the world by learning life skills,” she said. Reservations for “Seussical the Musical” may be made by emailing cconley@newton.k12.ks.us or by calling 284-6280, ext. 2430.
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