Outcry to Present SEUSSICAL at Lewisville MCL Grand Theater
This month Outcry Youth Theatre ventures to the Cross Timbers area for the first time to stage their latest musical, SEUSSICAL. Denton County theater goers are in for a treat as they experience this edgy youth theatre company's take on this widely-loved musical at the Lewisville MCL Grand Theater Black Box May 4 - May 7.
SEUSSICAL tells the tale of a boy, Jojo, whose "thinks" get him into trouble. With the mentoring of The Cat in the Hat, he learns to appreciate his own power of imagination. Audiences will join Jojo in visiting many of Seuss' most beloved characters like Horton, the Whos, and the Wickersham brothers.
Expect the colorful, silly and fun characters we all love in this fast-paced show, but also expect director Becca Johnson-Spinos to put her own spin on it from punk costuming, a more serious take on Jojo and The Cat, and moments of real emotional weight as characters struggle with valuing their individuality, finding friends, and even being parents.
When asked about the show, Johnson-Spinos offered, "I find SEUSSICAL to be one of those shows that sneaks up on you. You start out just enjoying the whimsy of a delightful romp through children's literature. Before you know it, you are invested in the characters within whom you see a little bit of yourself. That little Jojo, the smallest of boys, and Horton the elephant, the biggest creature of the forest, are both on the same life journey to recognize their own unique value, is moving and universally relatable whether you are a child or an adult."
Oh, the thinks you can think, if you see this show, are thinks you can think only if you go!
Tickets are on sale now at www.outcrytheatre.com/seussical.
More about Outcry Theatre: Outcry Theatre's hallmarks are bold artistic vision, highly physical staging and an energetic and visceral performance stylE. Johnson-Spinos brings the same style and unwavering dedication to excellence to Outcry Youth, the newest theatre in the Outcry family.
More about Outcry Youth Theatre: "This is not children's theatre. This is theatre." Outcry Youth Theatre's motto describes how they approach each of their productions. The goal is not for the plays to be good "for kids," but for them to be as good as any adult production. Outcry Youth Theatre opened its first show, Love/Sick, in July of 2016. In the ten short months since that first show, youth actors from McKinney to Ft. Worth have performed in Eurydice, A Wrinkle in Time, A Year with Frog and Toad, Peter and the Starcatcher, a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, and Radium Girls. A Wrinkle in Time was recognized with the 2016 Broadway World Dallas Best Youth Play Award. Upcoming productions include: Lord of the Flies.
More about Becca Johnson-Spinos, Director: The Artistic Director of Outcry Theatre, Johnson-Spinos received her MFA in Directing for Theatre from Baylor University, which culminated with her thesis production of The Seagull. At Baylor, in addition to directing numerous workshop productions, she also directed Brilliant Traces and assistant directed Blood WeddinG. Johnson-Spinos earned her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University, and attended Playwrights Horizons Directing Lab and Shakespeare's Globe and Washington University's Shakespeare Intensive. She wrote, directed, and performed a one-woman show for the New York Fringe Festival. Additionally, Johnson-Spinos worked as an assistant to the Artistic Director at Burning Coal Theatre Company in North Carolina, where she also assistant directed and performed. In the Dallas area, she previously served as a director at Plano Children's Theatre (directing over 25 productions), as well as their daytime show manager. Johnson-Spinos and her husband, Jason, a filmmaker, theatre-artist and teacher, founded Outcry Theatre in 2012 with the mission to draw young adults to theatre. Outcry Youth is a new expansion of Outcry Theatre in which Johnson-Spinos has created the perfect vehicle to meld her extensive children's theatre experience with the artistic vision of Outcry creating a unique theatre offering for DFW audiences and youth participants.
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, May 4 at 7:30pm
CLOSING PERFORMANCE: Sunday May 7, 2017 at 7:30pm
Evenings: May 4 - 7 at 7:30pm
Matinees: May 6 & 7 at 2:00pm
MCL Grand Theater, Black Box, 100 North Charles Street, Lewisville, TX 75057
$10 for General Admission; $20 For reserved 1st row, $15 for reserved 2nd row.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at this link: