The late Dr. Seuss once observed that everything stinks until it's finished, but after Wednesday's rehearsal, Mrs. Amy Crane says the cast of "Seussical" is all set to rock it.
The audience can expect to see an assortment of Dr. Seuss headliners, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and even the Grinch. As a group, the message is one of unity.
"It's all your favorite characters telling one story of coming together," Crane said.
This season's production has a fun and exciting twist as five middle schools have gotten in on the act. Students from Queen of All Saints, Nativity, Notre Dame, St. Pat's, and Liberty have all collaborated with the Marquette Catholic High School Drama Department in the production of the time-honored musical.
While some fall play productions have re-entered the cycle after a number of years, Friday will be the first time for "Seussical" at the Rudy Hart Theatre. Crane employs personal touch when choosing productions.
"I listen to kids' musical interests. I get to know who they are, and what they're capable of. From there, I base the selection off what is right for the program," Crane said.
It takes a village to pull off a musical with so many moving parts, so many vivid sets, so many cast members. Crane praised the dedication put forth by children young and old.
"Without our tech director (husband) Andy Crane, our choreographer Gina Chavez-Gatzka, and our music director Anthony Holt, this wouldn't happen," Crane lauded.
She estimates some students have put as many as 26 hours per week in the auditorium in preparation for "Seussical." It can be a full-time job in addition to schoolwork, Crane concedes. But when the director sees it all come together, the feeling is one of pure glee.
"This is the closest we've come to executing what I had in mind from day one. It's so nice to see everything come to fruition," Crane said.
"Seussical" runs March 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th at 7 pm, and March 11th and 18th at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 12 years old and under.
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