‘Seussical’ to be performed at two venues

BAR HARBOR — An Acadia Community Theater production of “Seussical, the Musical” will be performed at Mount Desert Island High School on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The production will be performed at The Criterion Theatre on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Conceived by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Monty Python’s Eric Idle, the show intertwines the stories of several of Dr. Seuss’ books through songs and verse. Against all odds, Horton the Elephant hears the Whos on a tiny speck of dust and strives to save them from peril while also giving self-centered Mayzie La Bird a vacation from sitting on her egg. Meanwhile, unassuming Gertrude McFuzz tries hard to get earnest Horton to notice her, and she takes off on adventures to save him. The show is appropriate for all ages and features a wide-range of music from salsa to the blues, a lullaby and rock.

“Everyone loves Dr. Seuss,” said Judith Cullen, board member of Acadia Community Theater and second grade teacher at the Mount Desert Elementary School.

“It has been a joy playing a Sneetch, Jungle Creature and Hunch alongside students from my school. We’ve been singing and dancing our hearts out over the last two months, and we hope that folks come enjoy the show. The rhythms of Dr. Seuss’ words are magical.”

Acadia Community Theater’s cast includes more than 50 adults and children from across MDI, Trenton and Ellsworth. Thomas Van Gorder is the Cat in the Hat. His protégé Jojo is played by Finn Hansbury. Jeffrey Servetas plays Horton. Christina Longstreeth choregraphed the show and plays Gertrude McFuzz. Other leads include Danielle Jones-Shepard as Mayzie La Bird, Josh Howie as General Gengus Khan Schimtz, Julie Creed as the Sour Kangaroo, and Ray Vonder Haar and Rose Iuro-Damon as Mr. and Mrs. Mayor from Whoville. Horton is taunted by a large group of Jungle Creatures, including six Wickersham Brothers and six Bird Girls.

The show is directed by Mark Puglisi, MDI High School teacher and ACT board member. Catie Forthofer is the music director, and the set was designed by Doug Van Gorder. Heather Dillon produced the show, and Matt and Angel Hochman are technical director and stage manager. Jaylene Roths led the costuming team of Lori Jordan, Geneva Langley, Joanna Robinson-Clarke and Jacq Bolt. The costumes were designed to reflect the imaginative illustrations of Dr. Seuss.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children ages 2-12. Children under age 2 enter free. Advance tickets for general seating are available at www.acadiacommunitytheater.net. Tickets also will be available at the door both weekends. Contact [email protected]

Acadia Community Theater seeks to enrich the lives of individuals, families and the community by encouraging growth and expression in theater arts and by providing live performances on and around Mount Desert Island. Each year, the organization stages a spring musical and a fall play, among other activities, providing opportunities for young people and their families to participate in and enjoy theater.

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