Seussical brings joy, laughs to campus in sold out show Reply

By Seán McGlone – News Editor 

Lasell College Drama Club (LCDC) recently put on their rendition of “Seussical the Musical” in Yamawaki Auditorium for four shows from November 19 through the 22. All four sold out to the extent that additional seating had to be found to accommodate the audience.

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Senior Jilliana Sliby acts as Mayzie. Photo by Michelle Port.

The show opened with Jojo (senior Lyndsey Charette), the son of the Mayor of Who, uncovering the hat worn by the Cat in the Hat. This opens the door to the world of Dr. Seuss as the Cat in the Hat (junior Spencer Levin) leads the cast in  “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think.” Seussical focuses on Horton (sophomore Spencer Kosior) as he finds the planet of Who on a speck of dust on a clover. Horton becomes friends with the citizens, but is mocked by his peers be- cause they don’t believe that the planet of Who actually exists.

Throughout the play the scenes switch primarily from Horton to Jojo. Jojo is sent off to military school for causing trouble because he “thinks,” while Horton struggles to convince his friends “a per- son’s a person, no matter how small.”

The play does a great job embodying the spirit, creativity, and color of the beloved Dr. Seuss books, as well as includ- ing characters from stories such as “The Cat In The Hat,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Yurtle the Turtle.”

“[The cast and crew were] very into [the show] and very invested,” said Levin. “I did theater in high school and this was the first time since then and it meant the world to me to be working with the friendliest, nicest people.”

The musical was a complete success and appealed to the audience’s love of Seuss and love of song and dance.

“We put in a ton of hard work, but it was good work and we were very productive,” said Charette, president of the Drama Club. “We’ve grown so much over the last two years, it’s incredible. Hopefully next year the club will continue to improve.”

Director Lori L’Italien was very happy with the show and felt its upbeat nature was very important. “With everything go- ing on in the world, I feel that this show has the perfect message,” said L’Italien.

 

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