The Etowah High School Fine Arts Department spring musical, “Seussical” is opening tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium under the direction of theater teacher Matthew Graham.
The cast and crew of 58 students have constructed a world of Dr. Seuss characters and flights of imagination illustrative of the magical world of the children’s author who gave us the Cat in the Hat, Horton and the Grinch.
“Most interesting is seeing all the kooky Seuss characters, the special effects and the set design,” Graham said. “It is really unique — you are completely put in a different world.”
The play features 25 musical numbers, which Graham says are mostly short pieces. The school’s Choral and Art departments are collaborating on the play to bring the musical to life.
“We had a lot of interest from the students in doing this play,” Graham said.
Last year the spring musical was “Little Shop of Horrors,” which features a small cast. But this year’s choice gives many more students the opportunity to participate.
The school’s theater department presents a total of four plays each year, and this is the largest of the selections, with more than 100 people helping to produce the play, including set construction and design and other technical support.
As many as 30 cast members take the stage at one time, and Graham said that is quite a feat because the stage at the high school is small.
“We have one big set that is like a jungle gym. It is a lot of fun,” he said.
In fact, the whole play promises a night of fun and surprises.
“Seussical” will be presented tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Doors at the Etowah High School Auditorium open at 7 p.m. and tickets are only available at the door.
Tickets at $7 for students and $10 for adults.
For information call Etowah High School at (770) 926-4411.