Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favourite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in SEUSSICAL JR., a fantastical musical from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family are challenged and emerge triumphant!
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I felt this KV Youth production was vibrant, colourful and pacy. Short numbers intertwined a touching but fun story and has all the ingredients of an excellent family musical. It was a true ensemble piece and I can honestly say that everyone looked to be having a whale of a time. Facial expressions, voices, accents, costumes (in particular), jungle exploits and a multi layered set all added to a very strong and very short production.
The action opened with the bright ‘Oh The Thinks You Can Think’, continued with the big west end rock’n’roll number ‘Biggest Blame Fool’ (with Sour Kangaroo displaying a big voice), through the breath-taking ‘It’s Possible’ with nice harmony. Soon after, the General and cadets entertained with the ‘General’s Match’ before one of my new favourite songs in musical theatre ‘ Alone in the Universe’ – this really is a beautiful song. Other strengths in Act One include ‘The One Feather Tail of Gertrude McFuzz’ with a great vocal, the excellent latino number ‘Amayzie Mayzie’, ‘Monkey Around’, ‘Chasing the Whos’ (inc Director cameo) and my second favourite number ‘Notice Me Horton – all to a high standard’.