Brilliant colors, bright personalities and beaming performances…the cast and crew of “Seussical” have come together to create an entertaining musical for all ages.
The Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre production of “Seussical” hits the stage this week at Westerville Central High School. The show runs July 30, 31 and August 1 at 7 p.m. with a final performance on August 2 at 2 p.m.
“This musical takes the stories of Dr. Seuss, including characters and images that we are very familiar with, like the ‘Cat in the Hat’ and ‘the Whos,’ and combines them into a clever show that teaches everyone a lesson about the true meaning of friendship and community,” said Derrick McPeak, Westerville Parks & Recreation Program Leader for “Seussical.”
In its third year, Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre is continuing its commitment to providing a high-quality and family-friendly theater outlet for the City.
“Every year, we are growing our theater program and aiming to bring a professional and affordable experience to not only theater patrons, but to those participating in the production,” said McPeak.
After performing with Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre last year, Westerville resident Char Anderson was thrilled to act again this summer in “Seussical.”
“I’ve been doing local theater for 10 years; and this is best group I have ever worked with. It is absolutely a step up from many other community theater programs,” she said. “The staff is organized and respectful of the actors and their time. The whole team is so talented from the set to the lighting and costumes.”
And the cast and crew itself is embracing the show’s theme of friendship and community.
“I live five minutes from where we rehearse. So not only am I getting the opportunity to fine-tune my craft, but I am meeting new people and making friends with neighbors in Westerville,” said Anderson.
Despite a large cast of more than 100 actors, participants say the comradery that has developed in the past two months is astounding.
“I went out on a limb and auditioned not knowing anyone else going out for show. Since the first meeting, I’ve felt included. Everyone is supportive and works really well together,” said Cast Member Luke Hassenpflug.
“Seussical” is also bridging generations as a wide-range of ages are involved in the musical. The show’s youngest cast member, six-year-old Claire Munger, is acting alongside fellow cast member and mom, Katey Munger. This mother-daughter duo is just one of a few families performing together this year.
“We have a lot of fun. We get to dance and play at rehearsals, and are constantly singing ‘Seussical’ around the house or in the car. It gives us another way to bond and spend time with one another,” said Munger.
Munger hopes other families can experience the arts together too.
“This theater group is filling a performance arts void in Westerville. It is important for children to see live theater. Now families here don’t have to travel far or break the bank to see a great kid-friendly show. They get to watch friends and colleagues perform, and see how talented their community is.”
Tickets for “Seussical” are still available for purchase at the Westerville Community Center for $10. For more information, visit www.westerville.org/art.