“Seussical” opens on Nov. 26 at the Riverfront Theatre, at 2 S. Walnut St. and will run for two weekends. There will be seven performances — 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday nights and 3 p.m. matinees on Sunday afternoons. There will be a single Saturday matinee, also at 3 p.m., on Dec.4. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or reserved by be calling 422-0220 or by email at ssptickets@verizon.net. For more information, visit www.secondstreetplayers.com.


The Second Street Players will bring the works of Dr. Seuss to life over the next two weekends as they kick off their 2010-11 season with “Seussical!,” a musical tribute to one of the greatest children’s writers who’s ever lived.

“It’s just so much fun,” director John Moller said. “You get to tap into all these stories that you remember from childhood.
The show draws on over a dozen of Dr. Seuss’ books, but the biggest pieces are “The Cat In The Hat” and the two “Horton” books, about a kind-hearted elephant who first decides to hatch an egg for a mother bird, and then discovers and protects a city of tiny “Whos” living on a speck of dust. Horton’s stories come to life in the bedroom of a girl named Jojo, played by Devin Petka.

“We decided that instead of taking her through all the stories, we’d have the stories come to her,” Moller said. “A jungle grows out of the laundry on her floor, there’s fish flying through the air, the big top tent from the Circus McGurkus drops from the ceiling. It’s going to be something to see.”

As the play continues, Jojo and Horton go from story to story to defend the Whos and his egg, running into characters from “Yertle the Turtle,” “Gertrude McFuzz,” and many other Seuss stories along the way. Through the whole musical, the heroes are helped and hindered by Seuss’s ultimate trickster, The Cat in the Hat.

“I appreciate Dr. Seuss and how his books introduce kids to reading and get them excited about it,” said Stephen Givens, an English teacher, who’s playing Horton. “This music really carries over that sense of fun. The language, the whole thing — it’s a lot of fun.”

It’s a rare opportunity for some of the actors.

“It is a great role to play,” said Devon Lynch, who plays the Cat. “It’s so much fun being one of the most famous Dr. Seuss characters, and I can really relate to him, because I have a brother who I play tricks on all the time.”

Lynch has been looking for a chance to play the Cat, but it took a while.

“It’s one of my favorite plays, and I’ve been waiting for it to be done somewhere around here so I could be part of it,” Lynch said. “But it’s not an easy play to put on.”

“Seussical” opens on Nov. 26 at the Riverfront Theatre, at 2 S. Walnut St. and will run for two weekends. There will be seven performances — 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday nights and 3 p.m. matinees on Sunday afternoons. There will be a single Saturday matinee, also at 3 p.m., on Dec.4. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or reserved by be calling 422-0220 or by email at ssptickets@verizon.net. For more information, visit www.secondstreetplayers.com.