South Coast Rep's Summer Players Present SEUSSICAL, Now thru 8/19
A 31-member cast, the largest ever assembled for an SCR Players show, will appear in the Summer Players production of Seussical, tonight, August 11 and Aug 12 and 18-19 on South Coast Repertory's Julianne Argyros Stage.
Based on selections from the enormously popular works of Dr. Seuss, Seussical is directed by SCR Theatre Conservatory Director Hisa Takakuwa, with musical direction by Erin McNally.
Summer Players are students in the SCR's Kids and Teen Acting Program who have been chosen by audition after at least one year in the Theatre Conservatory. According to Takakuwa, "Last summer, we opened our casting pool to include recent graduates for the first time, allowing us to choose Into the Woods, which required more mature and experienced performers to raise the level for the younger actors in the show.
"Because of that great experience, we were motivated to choose this huge musical, hire a choreographer (Kelly Todd) for the first time, include three graduates in the cast, bring in a fourth graduate, Jordan Bellow, (a senior/BFA in theatre performance at Chapman University) as assistant director, and a fifth, BriAnna Beach, (a recent graduate of UC San Diego) as assistant musical director."
As rehearsals began, Takakuwa added, "Our cast is embracing this musical, enjoying the song and dance but also working hard to understand their characters. Even though many of the Dr. Seuss characters are fantastical, all of them have great heart and qualities that our actors can identify with and enjoy portraying."
The only thing more fun than reading a Dr. Seuss book is seeing a magical musical extravaganza-live, onstage with all the favorite Dr. Seuss characters!. Cat in the Hat is the host and Horton the Elephant is the guide on a journey from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the World of the Whos, as a little boy with a big imagination proves that a person is a person no matter how small.
SEUSSICAL features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and is co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle based on the works of Dr. Seuss.
SCR's production is directed by Hisa Takakuwa with musical direction by Erin McNally, orchestrations/arrangements by Bobby Nafarrete. Seussical features choreographer Kelly Todd, set and costume designer Sara Clement, lighting designer Karyn D. Lawrence, sound designer Sam Lerner and stage manager Deborah Chesterman.
Dates: Today, August 11 and August 18; Sunday, August 12 & 19 at 1 and 5pm.
Tickets: $12 (children) and $14 (adults) may be purchased through the SCR Box Office at 714-708-5555 or online at www.scr.org).
CAST BY CITY
Anaheim *Kailyn Dunkelman (Mayzie)
Corona del Mar Wesley Damaschino (Citizen of the Jungle, Cadet & Hunch)
Costa Mesa Lauren Cocroft (Bird Girl)
Fountain Valley Jonathan Limm (Wickersham)
Blake Laszlo (Citizen of the Jungle, Cadet & Hunch)
Huntington Beach Kelsey Kato (Horton)
*Rachel Teague (Vlad Vladikoff/Ens.)
Irvine Shannon Booth (Bird Girl
Brooke Boukather (Citizen of the Jungle, Cadet & Hunch)
Kalyn Boukather (Who, Fish, Circus Member, Hunch)
Rachel Charny (Citizen of the Jungle, Cadet & Hunch)
Lauren Dong (Who, Fish, Circus Member, Hunch)
Sophie Falmagne (Mrs. Mayor)
William Hopper (Grinch/Ensemble)
Shane Iverson (Bird Girl)
Sydney Lester (McGurkus/Ensemble)
Emme O'Toole (Who, Fish, Circus Member, Hunch)
Bahaar Tadjbakhsh (Gertrude)
Lake Forest *Brandon Barnes (General Genghis Khan Schmitz/Yertle the Turtle)
Long Beach Katie Haas (Young Kangaroo)
Guy McEleney (Wickersham)
Los Alamitos Jamie Ostmann (Who, Fish, Circus Member, Hunch)
Newport Beach Christopher Huntley (Wickersham)
Mitchell Huntley (Who, Fish, Circus Member, Hunch)
Nicholas Huntley (Mr. Mayor)
Rossmoor Nick Slimmer (Cat in the Hat)
Santa Ana Taylor Serafin (Bird Girl)
Hamilton Sparks (Who, Fish, Circus Member, Hunch)
Lindsey Wiercioch (Who, Fish, Circus Member, Hunch)
Seal Beach Allie Mgrublian (Sour Kangaroo)
Trabuco Canyon Kelsey Bray (Jojo)
* SCR Players graduates