Seussical the Musical

Date 5th May 2017
Society Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre
Venue Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen
Type of Production Musical
Director Shirley McGill
Musical Director Jenny Cranna
Choreographer Fiona Beedie

Report

Author: Douglas J Clark

Over 60 children, in the P6-S1 age range, took to the stage to bring to life the colourful characters of the world of Dr Seuss – from the microscopic Whos to Horton the Elephant. Sophie Love, as the narrator of the piece Cat in the Hat, had an excellent voice and stage presence. The hero of the piece, Horton the Elephant, was played by the excellent Joel Anderson whose portrayal of the loyal pachyderm had the audience sympathy from the start. Playing his neighbour (and unnoticed admirer) Gertrude McFuzz the bird with the one feather tail, was the petite Rachael Henderson with a strong singing voice and good stage presence. JoJo, the young Who befriended by Horton, was well portrayed by Tiana Mudkavi and the duet with Horton “Alone in the Universe” was extremely touching. Olivia Douglas as Mayzie the lazy La Bird had a good singing voice and good comedy timing (as well as being a good dancer). Strong support was given by Gracie Spencer (Sour Kangaroo), Lewis Mair (General G K Schmitz) and Ethan Brown and Rhiannon Pirie (Whoville’s Mr and Mrs Mayor). The company singing and movement were both excellent. The set, designed by Susan Begg, was simple and colourful as befitted the story. Costumes were bright and made the identification of the various characters easy to spot. The five piece orchestra, under Jenny Cranna’s baton, never once over-powered the youthful voices during the performance. Well done to everyone at Junior AYMT for another first class show!