Seussical, The Musical – Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA
March 8, 2016
Review by: Gabrielle Ford of Abington Friends School
“Oh The Thinks You Can Think” as you are taken into the world of Dr. Seuss in Germantown Academy’s performance of the Seussical the Musical.
Seussical the Musical is narrated by one of the most famous Dr. Seuss characters, The Cat in the Hat. Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, based on the books of Dr. Seuss, the infamous Cat in the Hat tells the audience of the story of Horton the Elephant who finds the little town of Whoville on a speck of dust and vows to protect them. While watching over this small town, the whole jungle makes fun of him, while one bird with one small feather admires him. Even with all the chaos in the larger world, there was some trouble brewing in the small town of Whoville.
The musical was done well. There were many different dance moves and the performers managed to get the moves down pat. Having a new sound system can be difficult, but the cast of Seussical the Musical worked through it with their strong acting and equally strong singing.
Vinit Joshi (The Cat in the Hat), pulled us right into the musical with his great narration. Paired with Andrew Piszek (Horton the Elephant), a strong singer and an even stronger elephant, really showed the audience that a person is a person, no matter how small. Playing the very small JoJo, Naomi Friedman, captured the audience’s attention as she saved the tiny town of Whoville with her big imagination.
The song “Amayzing Mayzie” describes actress Ashley Revness as she took on the role of Mayzie LaBird, with her steady vocals, she took the musical to new heights. Hayley Derbyshire (playing the Sour Kangaroo), took the audience by storm with her sass and great vocals. Let’s not “Monkey Around”, the Wickersham Brothers (played by Quinton Ritchie, Danny Ritz, and Isaac Wilkins) added a great comedic element to an already funny play with their dance moves and monkey business.
The set was simple, with some light changes to set the scenes, and the twinkling stars backdrop was nicely done. The truffula tree puffs were a great addition to the musical. While there seemed to be some times where the actors were hard to hear, the actors pulled through and kept up the energy of the play.
Overall, “It’s Possible” to say that Germantown Academy’s performance of the Seussical the Musical was well done.
Review by: Eden Halterman of Academy of the New Church
Anything is possible in the world of Dr. Seuss, even a giant elephant befriending a tiny Who, a bird bemoaning her one feather tail, and a cat causing mischief, dressed in his red and white striped hat. Germantown Academy brought the beloved world of Dr. Seuss to the stage in their production of Seussical the Musical.
Seussical the Musical, written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, first debuted on Broadway in 2000. The musical is comprised of an amalgamation of Dr. Seuss’s most famous books, with characters and lyrics from Seuss’s writings, as well as original compositions. The story follows Horton the Elephant, from Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who, as he attempts to protect a dust speck that holds the tiny planet of the Whos.
Germantown Academy’s production of Seussical the Musical was energetic and playful, driven by charismatic leads, exceptionally talented supporting characters, and a captivating ensemble of jungle creatures.
Vinit Joshi, who portrayed the iconic Cat in the Hat, led the show with his ceaseless energy and unremitting enthusiasm. Joshi’s dynamic movement, animated facial expressions, and effortless playfulness brought the well-loved character of The Cat in the Hat to life.
The entire cast impressed with their ability to keep up their energy and fun-loving spirit throughout the show, as well as with their exceptional vocal talents. Horton the Elephant (Andrew Piszek) and JoJo’s (Naomi Friedman) earnestness, innocence, and powerful voices complemented each other in songs like “Alone in the Universe”, and Horton the Elephant and Gertrude McFuzz (Sara Dakin) showed impressive chemistry and beautiful harmonies in their performance of “Notice Me Horton” and the reprise of “Alone in the Universe”. Mayzie LaBird (Ashley Revness) also impressed with her sass and strong vocals, as well as the Sour Kangaroo (Hayley Derbyshire) with her dramatics and belting solos.
The bright colors, whimsical characters, and contagious energy of the ensemble brought life to the outrageous world of Dr. Seuss. The crew creatively integrated their vividly colorful lighting with the simplistic set. Though the production suffered a few technical difficulties, the cast impressively performed through any obstacle and the quality of the show held strong.
Germantown Academy’s production of Seussical the Musical brought to life the beloved world and characters of Dr. Seuss, and captured the heart of the audience with the cast’s playful energy, fun-loving enthusiasm, and impressive vocal talents.