Longhorn Players stage ‘Seussical’ at George Ranch High School

October 5, 2018

George Ranch High School’s Theatre, the Longhorn Players, present “Seussical” Oct. 18-21 at GRHS’s Auditorium, 8181 FM 762.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets are available at www.georgeranchtheatre.com/tickets, as well as at the door prior to any performance. Visit https://georgeranchtheatre.com/ for information.

Audiences across America have been charmed by the musical Seussical, the brainchild of the composing duo, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The Cat in the Hat narrates as the audience is transported to the colorful worlds of Dr. Seuss’ imagination where the kind and gentle Horton the Elephant stumbles upon a tiny speck of dust which contains the whole world of the Whos.

Trouble befalls Horton as he is the only one who can hear the Whos, more specifically Jojo, the outcast son of the Mayor of Whoville. Lazy Mayzie adds to Horton’s distress when she abandons her egg to his safe-keeping for greater adventures in the sun. While most of the zany Dr. Seuss characters believe Horton to be crazy, a speck of dust contains an entire planet?, Getrude McFuzz never loses faith in Horton and together they face the trials and tribulations set forth on their journey to prove the Whos exist — and to save the tiny planet from extinction.

Director L Jay Edenmeyer said, “It is fun. It’s colorful and light. There is a message, and these are characters who are experiencing a different and wonderful adventure. The music is amazing. The choreography is great. The kids are REALLY enjoying telling this story and that makes it such an incredible experience to be a part of and to watch!”

Music director is Scott Edenmeyer.

Behind the scenes, Marc Duncan, the program’s technical director, ensures that students play a major role in every step — from set building to running lights and sound in the booth. GRHS junior Charis Christy, stage manager, enjoys a hands-on approach to the entire process, “I love seeing everything and everyone come together all at once, and witnessing a beautiful show form.”

The production showcases students not only from George Ranch High School, but also from surrounding schools. These additional young performers range from 8 years old to eighth graders.

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