Horton hears “Seussical the Musical” is coming to Norwin

Horton hears “Seussical the Musical” is coming to Norwin

Maria Janiga and Madison Samber

      Norwin Theatre Company is on their way to opening night, on October 21-24, when Seussical the Musical opens at Norwin High School. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating, $13 for reserved students/senior citizens, and $15 for adults. Tickets can be bought at the door or online at Norwin Theater website. All school district safety guidelines will be followed.

     Suessical is a mix of all Dr. Seuss stories and features many characters from his books. 

     “A musical perfect for the whole family,” said Norwin Theatre Company director, Lauren Scheirer. “Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie, and JoJo.”

     The musical was chosen because of the connection parents and students have with the books. With that connection comes talent, because the students can relate to the musical. 

     “This show has a ton of unique characters that feature the amazing talent here at Norwin,” said Scheirer. 

     The Norwin Theatre Company is working on getting things done on time so they are prepared for opening night. 

    “The play is coming along very well,” said Chase Rigo (12), a member of the cast and crew. “The dances and vocals are on schedule, and the crew is a little understaffed but we’re all working through it and plan on being on schedule.” 

     Lacey Reed (12), the stage manager, agrees that the set is coming along well, and they have made progress. “The set is coming along well,” said Reed. “We started off with the build-out. Then, we have moved on to our bigger set pieces.” 

     The musical will be taking place inside the Norwin High School auditorium. Last year the musical was outside on the football field due to COVID. The move back inside has caused some change for the crew. The way the set has to be built has also caused a few changes for the crew. 

    “Typically, set pieces can be built off to the side then put on the stage,” said Reed. “This year most of the larger pieces are stationary so they stay in their home.” 

     Although the move back inside has caused small changes, the musical is designed to be indoor. 

   “Being back on the stage is where theatre belongs,” said Scheirer. “Because all plays and musicals are both written and technically set for the stage, it allows us to prepare the performance the way it was intended. In doing so, we are able to be more creative and inspire our audiences!”

    The set that the crew has created, and the roles the cast plays adds to the show to make it exciting and interesting to watch. 

    “It’s a very fun play, but it’s creativity driven and a lot of yourself goes into the character you play,” said Rigo. “People should look forward to the interesting set we created and the songs we are singing, it will be a very lively show.” 

     Rigo’s not the only one who feels that way. “I was shocked the musical was Seussical,” said Reed, “I did not know the musical very well but it was not what I was expecting. I ended up reading an overview about it a little less than a week before we started. I remember thinking that this would be a great show for anyone with little siblings or who is a child at heart.” 

     Suessical is a musical that everyone can enjoy, with the fun lights, colors and performances. 

    “I can’t speak for the audience, but I can tell you that the cast and crew enjoy the nostalgia this show cultivates,” said Scheirer. “The stories of Dr. Seuss remind us of our childhood and of simpler times full of fun and imagination!”