Yet again, Drama succeeded in entertaining CMHS with another wonderful play; this time, a comical reinterpretation of stories we all remember from our childhood. Seussical the Musical, by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, is the very first musical ever performed in the brand new Costa Mesa High School Performing Arts Center and it's truly one to be remembered. It takes us all the way back to our joyous Dr. Seuss childhood stories. Seussical revolves around a number of Dr. Seuss books, but the key stories include "Horton Hears a Who", "Miss Gertrude McFuzz", "The Butter Battle Book", "Horton Hatches the Egg", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", and many more, but you will have to go for yourself to find out . Seussical is narrated by the hilarious Cat in the Hat. He enlightens us with the story of Horton the Elephant who hears a small noise on a dust spec where the whos live, which includes Mr. Mayor, Mrs. Mayor, and little JoJo.
Director Stephen Reifenstein, producer Kathy Paladino, music director Erik Przytulski, and choreographer Kristina Reifenstein did an amazing job putting each and every element of the show perfectly together. These adults helped Costa Mesa students truly live the theater dream on this enormous beautiful stage. This was the very first musical that had a live orchestra, which was made up of dedicated current band students. They sounded absolutely incredible. They even included awesome sound effects at just the right comical moments that made the show feel just like a movie.
Seussical is definitely a production that has a huge technical aspect compared to other musicals. The lights were always projected evenly on each character creating a perfect balance with the colorful set. The set depicted an extremely vibrant and detailed paint job that made each scene come to life. The multi-colored vivacious costumes contributed to the liveliness as well.
The cast did an unbelievable job. The Cat in the Hat (Evan Stechauner) was very humorous and anytime he stepped on stage, he managed to immediately bring up the energy level of the show. Ellie Aguilar who played the part of timid little Gertrude McFuzz, with a one feather tail, sang beautifully in the song "Notice Me Horton" with Christopher Hutchinson who portrayed the part of Horton the Elephant. They both harmonized delightfully and were always focused. Mr. Mayor (Antonio Antunez) and Mrs. Mayor (Gillian Gonzales) worked well on stage with one another and led the adorable Whoville children. The monkeys were very entertaining and mischievous with their leader, the Sour Kangaroo (Maya Lee-Lopez). They always came on stage with a hunched back position which added to their overall character.
Kate Piatti did a fantastic job with her part as Mayzie La Bird with all her other girl birds. Christine Tfaye had great stage presence and did a spectacular job with her singing and acting for JoJo. These were only the main actors and actresses from cast A. There will be more shows with different actors and actresses playing your favorite characters from cast B, giving it their own flare. This show had all your favorite characters squished together, from the Grinch (Jesus Bravo) to Thing 1 (Emilie Leath) and Thing 2 (Emily Olvera). Opening night had more than two hundred tickets sold. During intermission, you can even buy candy to send to your favorite characters. Lets support our performing arts program. There is still time to come see the the show, there will be performances from March 6-15. You don't want to miss it!