Seussical

Date 16th February 2018
Society Worthing Musical Comedy Society
Venue Northbrook Theatre, Worthing
Type of Production Musical
Director Rachel Brown & Kim Sheldon
Musical Director Kim Sheldon
Choreographer Rachel Brown

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Author: Jose Harrison

The bravery of the WMCS Jn production team was evident when 34 youngsters from their "Kids" section appeared in this production of the popular musical Seussical.  The final result rewarded the challenge that they gave themselves and the whole evening was very enjoyable and received an enthusiastic reception from a capacity audience. This is a very complex show and one I would imagine which is not easy to direct, however Rachel and her team have done a brilliant job on this production, the whole cast was so enthusiastic which came across the footlights. Every single member smiled all the way through, which was a delight to see.  It really is difficult to single out anyone for special praise as everyone played their parts so well, but the cast was led by very good performances from Sophia Pritchard and Jack Larkin

The main character in this is The Cat in the Hat which was played to perfection by Sophia, who acted sang and danced through this like a true professional and managed to smile at all the right times. She was ably supported by Lottie Sicilia as Gertrude McFuzz, the bird who falls in love with Horton the Elephant played by Jack. These two were ideal as Lottie is a very talented actress who also was able to put her songs over with conviction in which she alternated between singing and squawking like a bird. Jack played a large but gentle elephant whose singing voice was a joy to the ear. His whole performance was totally memorable. It would be impossible to mention all the characters in this show as there are so many of them but mention must be made to Edie Holmes as JoJo, who was brilliant in this part and for a young girl of 10 she was so professional and kept her character all through the show. Others I must mention are Keira Rowling, aged 11 years, as Mayzie La Bird who sang so sweetly. She quite stole my heart in her scene at Palm Beach and her rendition of ‘How Lucky You Are’ was fabulous. Amber Gibbons, Lexie Collins and Lucy Scott, as the three Bird Girls, put their songs over in perfect harmony and moved with grace just like the birds they portrayed. Add to this the Jungle creatures, the Wickershams, the Who, Thing 1 and 2 , Vladikoff, the Grinch, the Turtle, two Kangaroos and the Mayor and his wife and you realise what a busy show this was.

Thank you for a very enjoyable evening.