Seussical the Musical at Xtreme Theatre
by Brianna Deutsch
Seussical the Musical is a story about an elephant, Horton, who finds a speck of dust aimlessly flying in the air. This partical of dust is inhabited by a family, the Whos. Horton is a stubborn elephant. He wants those around him to believe in the Whos and he will go to any length for his cause.
Seussical the Musical is a magical story that celebrates learning to acknowledge the value in each and every individual creature regardless of size, colour, personality, and belief. And it’s also a musical based on the creative and well-acclaimed stories of Dr. Seuss.
Xtreme Theatre’s junior cast are performing Seussical the Musical, April 11 through 13, at The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge. Xtreme’s Artistic Director (and Director for the shows) Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau says, “We are going big, loud, bright and Seussical themed. Everything will be in Seuss familiar colours, with lots of the black ink edging that Dr. Seuss was known for.”
This year’s musical has taken multiple hours of preparation and dedication. “The kids come together with all the work that the parents have put in and learn the ins and outs of working on a stage, with mics, sets, wings, bright lights etc. It’s exhausting, but incredibly exciting and rewarding. It bonds you together in a way very few experiences can,” says Strelau.
And Seussical the Musical will not only provide the audience a glimpse into the preparation of the musical, but it will also give the viewer a chance to step into a the mind of the talented Dr. Suess – a man who appreciated uniqueness, honoured differences and allowed others to value their own diversity. For, as he himself has brilliantly said, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”