More than 170 people ages 8 to 65 turned out to audition for ETC’s 12th annual mainstage production, Seussical the Musical. Seussical is a Broadway musical about Dr. Seuss’ beloved Horton the Elephant and his quest to save the Whos and to be “faithful 100 percent.” A cast of 65, including local children, high school and college students and community members was selected.
Performance dates are January 25 – 29 at the Silver Center for the Arts, and tickets ($15 –$10) are available now by calling the Silver Center Box Office, 535-ARTS. Director Trish Lindberg says, “The musical is a wonderful family production and tickets would make great stocking stuffers.”
In addition to the production, ETC will produce a Children’s Arts Festival for children in grades K – 6 on Saturday, January 14 and an Integrated Arts Conference for artists and educators on Saturday, January 28. There will also be an extensive exhibition of Dr. Seuss-inspired art projects in the Silver Center lobby during the run of the show.
ETC was founded 12 years ago by Plymouth State University Professors Trish Lindberg (Education) and Dan Perkins (Music, Theatre, and Dance). ETC has won New England Theatre Conference (NETC) Moss Hart Awards for best children’s theatre and best community theatre productions. Lindberg, who is ETC artistic director, has also garnered numerous awards for her work, including the NETC Moss Hart Trophy for the best theatrical production in New England and the 2003 Youth Theatre Director of the Year Award given by the American Alliance for Arts and Education .
The production of Seussical will feature musical direction by Kenneth Roberts from Great Britain, and choreography by PSU alumnus Michael David Stoddard. The sets and projections will be designed by Matthew Kizer and the costumes will be created by Angela Pitrone-Nason. both of the PSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The staff of the Silver Center and many PSU students are also involved in the production and technical work associated with such a large university/community production.
ETC is sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies at Plymouth State University, Plymouth Elementary School and Friends of the Arts.