SALT Per­form­ing Arts presents ‘Seussi­cal Jr.’

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“Seussi­cal the Mu­si­cal Jr.” runs from Feb. 17 to 26 at SALT Per­form­ing Arts in Chester Springs. Horton the Ele­phant (Jason Scansaroli), the Cat in the Hat (Nick Spal­lone) and all of your fa­vorite Dr. Seuss char­ac­ters spring to life on stage in “Seussi­cal JR.,” a fan­tas­ti­cal mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza from Tony-win­ners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Fla­herty. It’s brought to life by Di­rec­tor Beth McDonnell and her first-rate 18 and Un­der Cast.

Au­di­ences of all ages will en­joy this tale, which high­lights the tale of Horton the Ele­phant strug­gling to pro­tect the Cit­i­zens of Whoville (Jared Dra­bick/Hope Myer, Mr. & Mrs. Mayor). Jojo (Jackson Od­gen), the youngest of the Who’s, has an imag­i­nary friend, the Cat in the Hat and to­gether they cre­ate each “think” which drives this story to un­be­liev­able heights, as a child’s imag­i­na­tion al­ways does. None of Horton’s friends be­lieve the Who’s ex­ist, as Horton at­tempts to guard over their in­vis­i­ble world, which rests on a small clover. They taunt Horton and ul­ti­mately steal his clover, led by the Sour Kan­ga­roo (Grace Storti) and her gang of Wick­er­sham Mon­keys. Hon­or­ing his friend­ship with Jojo search­ing for the lost Who’s, he re­mains stead­fast to his be­lief in equal­ity, “a per­son’s a per­son, no mat­ter how small!”

His tale is far from over, as his un­wa­ver­ing loy­alty and self­less­ness puts him the po­si­tion to be the care­taker of Mayzie La Bird’s (Danielle Kucera) egg be­cause she no longer wants the re­spon­si­bly. No one cham­pi­ons Horton ex­cept his de­voted next-door neigh­bor Gertrude (Sam Dob­son), who learns as lesson about self-es­teem along the way.

Iron­i­cally, Horton never no­tices the plain bird, de­spite her undy­ing love for Horton. Even af­ter be­ing hunted, kid­napped, sold to a cir­cus and with­stand­ing a trial, Gertrude stands

by Horton ev­ery step of the way. We can learn a lot about the per­se­ver­ance of true love, the power of lone­li­ness, and the bonds of friend­ship through this beau­ti­ful story that springs from a child’s imag­i­na­tion.

Penny Packer Florist of Phoenixville and Cook­ies By De­sign of Ex­ton spon­sor this fan­ci­ful pro­duc­tion. Buy your tick­ets to­day at or call the box of­fice at 610703-1734

“Seussi­cal the Mu­si­cal Jr.” runs Feb. 17 to 26 at the SALT Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Chester Springs. Shown here are the ma­jor char­ac­ters in the show.

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