Youth suit­ing up for Seuss

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good’’ is a quote from the inim­itable Dr Seuss.

A fun Dr Seuss-in­spired project to get more kids per­form­ing on­stage, as well as do­ing tech stuff be­hind the scenes, is tak­ing shape in Palmer­ston North.

Based in the city’s Globe

The­atre, mem­bers of MYTH – the Manawatu¯ Youth The­atre – are pre­par­ing a pro­duc­tion of Seuss Jr, a pared-down ver­sion of the 2000 Broad­way show Seussi­cal the Mu­si­cal.

Youth the­atres have been es­tab­lished in cen­tres around the coun­try with great suc­cess and the show’s mu­si­cal direc­tor Gra­ham John­ston said, given the num­bers of tal­ented young per­form­ers around the re­gion, there was no rea­son for Manawatu¯ to miss out.

‘‘We wanted to make it wider than just Palmer­ston North be­cause there are so many tal­ented kids out there. ‘‘

More than 70 young hope­fuls from Palmer­ston North, Feild­ing and Pahiatua au­di­tioned for the show, which is be­ing di­rected by Kane Par­sons and chore­ographed by Taryn Bax­ter.

‘‘We were re­ally blown away by the kids who au­di­tioned,’’ John­ston said.

The cast of 34 ranged in age from 6 to 16, and re­hearsed three nights a week.

The prin­ci­pal roles in­cluded Hor­ton, the ‘‘faith­ful 100 per cent’’ ele­phant, young Gertrude, who is hav­ing self-im­age prob­lems, the vain Mayzie La Bird, the in­ter­fer­ing Sour Kan­ga­roo, the fa­mous Cat in the Hat, and Jojo McDodd.

The cho­rus is di­vided into jun­gle crea­tures and the Who­vians of Who-ville, with other char­ac­ters still to be cast.

Young mem­bers of the cast have adopted their roles en­thu­si­as­ti­cally and are look­ing for­ward to the performance in the Globe The­atre in July.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/STUFF

Mem­bers of MYTH left,back row, Tyler Purdy,Olly Dale, Emma Katte John­ston, Char­liegh Grif­fiths, Zh­nia Ger­rard, Jes­sica Slimin front left, Ben­jamin and Max John­ston out­side the Globe the­atre where they will per­form mu­si­cal ‘Seuss Jr’ in July.

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