ETC presents Seussical the Musical

January 12th, 2006 by Adam

Dr. Seuss’ mischievous cat tips his famous hat to Horton the elephant, the Whos of Whoville and numerous other Seuss characters in the 2006 Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) production, Seussical the Musical, January 25 – 29 at Plymouth State University.

Seussical the Musical follows the adventures of Horton, who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe. The honorable elephant tries to save his friend Jojo and the other inhabitants of the planet Who, even though everyone else in the Jungle of Nool thinks Horton is “the biggest blame fool” for believing in people who live on a small speck of dust. But Horton believes, “I’ll just have to save them, because after all, a person’s a person no matter how small.”

Horton is portrayed by visiting artist Scott Sweatt of New London, a graduate student at Columbia University in New York. Eleven-year-old Sam Zuk of Littleton portrays JoJo, the smallest Who.

This magical musical extravaganza lovingly brings to life these and other characters including Gertrude McFuzz (Natalie Roy, a PSU junior theatre arts major from Atkinson, N.H.), Lazy Mayzie (Jenna Burcalow, a senior PSU theatre arts major from Gorham, N.H.), the Wichersham Brothers (Marc Gonzalez of Plymouth, Steve Raymond of Holderness and PSU students John Lynes, Ken Quiricone and Nicholas Riendeau), and the unstoppable Cat in the Hat (Kai deMello-Folsom of Sanbornton, N.H.) in a series of colorful tales that take young and old on a magical trip. The play is filled with musical potpourri that ranges from Latin to pop, swing to gospel and R&B to funk.

The production is directed by Trish Lindberg, co-founder and artistic director of ETC, with choreography by alumnus Michael David Stoddard and musical direction by Kenneth Roberts. The set and projections are designed by Matt Kizer, costumes are designed by alumna Angela Pitrone-Nason and the lighting design is by Melissa Dallon.

Performances will be January 25 – 28 at 7 p.m.; January 28 and 29 at 2 p.m., at the Silver Center for the Arts. The 7 p.m. performance on January 28 will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Please call in advance for seating for that service. Tickets are available at the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS. Tickets are $16-14 for adults, $12-10 for seniors and youth.

The performance concludes an intense month of rehearsals, a children’s arts festival, an integrated arts conference for teachers and arts professionals and an art exhibition.

The Educational Theatre Collaborative is sponsored by
the Plymouth State University College of Graduate Studies, Plymouth Elementary School, Friends of the Arts and the Silver Center.

Seussical marks ETC’s 12th year of presenting award-winning productions for family audiences with a cast that includes community members, elementary, high school and university students and PSU faculty and staff from many towns. ETC information is available from Professor Lindberg, at (603) 535-2647 or online at

John Anderson photos