By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
For a child, imagination is the key that will unlock any door.
Dr. Seuss, who published more than 60 books, created many books that still inspire kids of all ages to use their imaginations.
Playwrights Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have brought all of the favorite Seuss characters to life in one production that is full fun numbers and endless imagination.
The Liberal High School Drama Department and Thespian Troupe No. 3024 started Thursday with its first presentation of “Seussical, the Musical TYA” in the James Maskus Auditorium, and performances will continue this weekend with a 7:30 p.m. curtain Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.
Tickets are available at the door. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.
Drama director Lauren Peck said practices for “Seussical” began in December, and it has been an interesting experience.
“We’ve had a few people quit,” she said. “Of course, the weather’s thrown a couple of interesting things at us in the past couple of weeks, but overall, I think it’s been a pretty good experience for everybody.”
Peck called the production “a wonderfully fun show.” She chose the show to give her students a great opportunity as well as a great time.
“What I do is I choose shows according to the students that I have,” she said. “I knew that with the kids in my department, this show would be perfect. I have a lot of creative kids, and it’s a really creative show.”
“Seussical” features a fairly big cast, which Peck said allowed her to use all of the students in her department.
“The message of the show is a good enough reason to choose it,” she said. “‘Seussical’ takes all of Dr. Seuss’ characters and puts them into one big musical. The message of the show is ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small.’ That’s a very young way of putting it.”
Peck said this is a lesson that is often taught to young people, but adults need be be reminded of the message as well from time to time.
She said the weaving of many stories together creates a small challenge with the musical.
“I think the biggest challenge with this show is just that it is mainly music,” she said. “There is very little dialogue, which means that my kids have to be good at telling a story through song. That’s been something that’s been a very interesting challenge for them.”
Since its Broadway debut in 2000, “Seussical, the Musical” has been entertaining audiences worldwide. When JoJo, a young boy who keeps getting into trouble, imagines the Cat in the Hat, he is taken on a whirlwind journey to meet other great characters like Horton (“Horton Hears a Who” and “Horton Hatches the Egg”), Gertrude (with the one-feather tail), and Mayzie (who flies off to Palm Beach leaving Horton to sit on her egg).
When Horton saves Whoville, he is faced with disbelief from the Sour Kangaroo and the Wickersham Brothers. With the Cat present to keep the mischief flowing, will Horton be able to save all the Whos in Whoville?
“You’ll have to attend to find out,” Peck said.
The LHS cast includes Killian Doze as JoJo; Travis Norton as the Cat in the Hat; Cameron Parsons as Horton; Nikolas Moore as Mr. Mayor; Jamie Fitzgerald as Mrs. Mayor; Kelsi Moree as Gertrude; Lydia Young as Mayzie; Yahaida Zubia as Sour Kangaroo; and Flor Parral, Keny Del Val and Lisa Bui as the Bird Girls.
The chorus members include Howzie Hering, Akele Powdrill, Tiara Crist, Bethany Thompson, Meagan Jacobs, Brittyn Heroonemus, Benn Mann, Anthony Branstine, Brandon Ridge, Jimmy Bert, Janny Ourn, Sarai Marin, Miguel Rodriguez, Giovanni Macedo, Sandro Juarez and Joseph Sosa.
For tickets or more information, contact Lauren Peck at
or 604-1272 or any cast member.