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Seussical The Musical, Jr!

 Seussical Jr.

August 04 – 06

Northland Community Technical College Theater

7:00 pm Showtime

Adults: $10

Children 12 & Under: $6

Tickets Available at Hugo’s and Digikey in Thief River Falls

(Thief River Falls, Mn) – The stage is built, the costumes are fitted, and the lights are focused: the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is making final preparations for their Summer Theater Arts Review (STAR) program premiere:

Seussical Jr. , opens Tuesday, August 4 and will run for three performances!

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Maizy Le Bird explains herself to other cast members in Seussical Jr. Left to right: Sam Buckley, Isaiah Burkel, Tyler Sele, Amber Samuelson, Elise Kalsnes (as Maizy), Alysson Karrow, and Grace Brickson.

Seussical Jr., written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, is a Broadway show based on the books by Dr. Seuss. While the books Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches an Egg are the basis of the plot, many other characters, such as The Grinch and Yertle the Turtle, show up in the show. It’s a lively musical romp that was written and intended for audiences of all ages.

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Bottom row, left to right: Ethan Osowski, Becca Ballard, Grace Bohnenkamp, DJ Bernstein, Josh Row. Row 2: Allyson Karrow, Grace Brickson, Breanna Lee, Devyne Sieckert. Row 3: Sam Buckley, Ella Budish, Grace Brickson, Peyton Casteel, Elise Kalsnes. Row 4: Molly Halsa, Emma Anderson, Amber Samuelson. Top: Isaiah Burkel, Tyler Sele, Kaitlyn Johnson.

This is the first time the TRFACT has produced a show in which the entire cast is made up of teens. It is group- directed by Jane Anderson, Sherry Knott, Lacey Simoneau, Kristin Buckley, and Phil McKenzie. The cast has been learning the dialogue and music from the show in a workshop atmosphere, in which they are taking individual voice lessons, given small-group dance instruction, and are working on large group improvisation and theater basic skills.

According to Jane Anderson, TRFACT executive director,

“Musical theater requires a combination of many skills. Oftentimes in the theater, we focus on only learning the lines of dialogue and the notes to the songs. But there is so much more. Movement, character development, and really learning how to ‘play’ on stage are what make a good actor a great actor. That’s what we are trying to do with students in this program.”

Members of the cast of Seussical Jr. were selected by audition and include (character, name and grade in school) Cat in the Hat:  Tyler Sele (10); Jojo:  Ethan Osowski (6); Horton:  Isaiah Burkel (2015 grad);

Sour Kangaroo: Amber Samuelson (9); Gertrude: Sam Buckley (11); Mayzie: Elise Kalsnes (9); Bird Girls: Grace Brickson (9), Chloe Lundeen (7), Alysson Karow(9); Who Mayor: Joshua Row; Mayor’s Wife: Dominica Bernstein; Yertle the Turtle/Grinch: Eleanor Brickson; Vlad Vladikoff: Kaitlyn Johnson.

Members of the ensemble playing Whos, Jungle Citizens, Fish, and Wickershams are Breanna Lee (6); Peyton Casteel (8); Grace Bohnenkamp (6); Ella Budish (7); Becca Ballard (6); Devyne Sieckert (6); Eleanor Brickson (6); Kaitlyn Johnson (8); Molly Halsa (8); and Emma Anderson (9).

Performances for Seussical Jr. will take place at the Northland College Theater on August 4, 5, and 6 at 7 p.m. each evening.   Because of a generous Legacy grant from the Northwest Regional Arts Council, tickets are reasonably priced at $10 for Adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. The show runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with an intermission, so it is the perfect venue for small children. (But it will entertain adults, as well!)

Tickets are available at Hugo’s in Thief River Falls and at Digikey Corporation during business hours.   Tickets are also available at the door each night of the performance.

www.trfact.org