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2/1/2013 2:25:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
From left, Meegan Mashburn and Erica Elias work together to get Ellen Perleberg’s hair ready for the “Seussical” casts photo shoot. Musical Director Susan Gubsch said for this colorful musical most of the budget went toward costume, makeup, and hair.
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Blue Bird Girl Ashlyn Lewis gets her makeup done by volunteer and former CHS student Rachel Lippert before cast pictures. “Seussical” is one of the most colorful productions to be put on by the Cashmere Drama Department and it takes some time to get everyone ready. The show premieres this Friday at the Cashmere Middle School Auditorium.
Cashmere's first all-district musical "Seussical" premieres this weekend
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

This coming weekend, the students of the Cashmere School District will be taking an audience into a world of imagination and excitement. The Cashmere Drama Department is presenting their first all district musical "Seussical" and it opens this Friday.

Directed by Susan Gubsch, drama teacher at Cashmere High School, "Seussical" is based on the works of the famous children's author Dr. Seuss. The musical opens with children sitting on the vibrant and colorful stage, created by the student-made crew, reading Dr. Seuss books.

Out of nowhere, Thing 1 and Thing 2 bring a box and the Cat in the Hat magically appears. The Cat in the Hat, played by sophomore Alexander Robertson, brings the children to Horton the Elephant, played by senior Cody Lippert, and the magic begins.

This lively story weaves together Dr. Seuss' most famous tales and characters in unexpected ways. Gubsch said the musical incorporates elements from 15 different Dr. Seuss books, as well as many of his best-loved and most familiar characters.

"Characters that have never met in his [Dr. Seuss] books will meet in this musical," Gubsch said.

Ninety-six kindergarten through 12th grade students make up the cast, crew and orchestra. This is likely the biggest and most colorful production ever for the Cashmere Drama Department. Gubsch said most of the budget went to hair, makeup, and costumes. The set is pretty basic but includes every color of the rainbow. Each year, Gubsch gets input from the senior class on what musical they want to perform. Knowing the students wanted to perform something kid friendly, Gubsch chose "Seussical," which is the most performed musical in the nation. A few years ago, the middle school drama program was cut due to budget reasons so Gubsch wanted to include the middle school students in the cast. With the upcoming musical, Gubsch was able to cast students from the entire district.

"This production is definitely bright with a lot of energy and great characters," Gubsch said. "That's what people will be excited about. You may not recognize the songs but they are catchy."

In the course of the evening, some characters will fall in love, some will have adventures, and some will save a world. The actors, musicians, and crew members will guide you on their travels from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott's Pool to Palm Beach.

The Fifth Avenue Theatre 2012 State Award winning actor, Lippert, will be back in action as Horton the Elephant with his comedic facial expressions and booming voice. Best Supporting Actor Honorable Mention, Robertson, takes a leading role this year as the mischievous Cat in the Hat. Other star actors include Hannah Ceplo as Mayzie La Bird, McKenzie Hemstrom as Gertrude McFuzz, Blain Peck and Shelby Simonson as Mr. and Mrs. Mayor of Whoville, Giorgio Jimenez as the Grinch, Vanessa Keran as the sour Kangaroo, and Jessie Nixon as JoJo. Gubsch said all these great actors guarantee an evening of mischief, fun and imagination.

"A lot of students are stepping up for this. It's a show that has a lot of different characters where I can really feature a lot of different kids. There are so many leads. That was another reason who I chose this musical," Gubsch said.

"Seussical" the musical, will be performed on Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 7-9. Performances are at 7 p.m. at the Cashmere Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Cashmere High School office or at the door. The doors open at 6:15 p.m.

"You will see a lot of different characters and crisscrossing story lines," Gubsch said. "There are so easily sweet moments with Horton singing to an egg and monkeys going crazy. It's going to be a great show."

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.

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