By SUE SUCHYTA
Lynn Aherns and Stephens Flaherty’s “Seussical the Musical” pops off the page, showcasing the Players Guild of Dearborn’s talent both onstage and off.
From Kirk Haas’ bright, whimsical set, to Karen Drugacz’s creative and colorful costumes, the stories that bring one’s inner child out to play come magically to life.
“Seussical the Musical,” based on the beloved books by Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel, continues its run at 8 p.m. May 13, 14, 20 and 21, and 2:30 p.m. May 8, 15 and 22 at the theater, 21730 Madison in Dearborn.
The talented cast, under the direction of Valerie Haas, adds to the magic. Without missing a beat, they follow a fast pace and captivate the audience.
The cast is consistently good. Standouts range from birdbrains to elephants, to the smallest of Whos.
Meg Kisch is superb as Gertrude McFuzz, Horton’s loyal friend with tale feather size issues. Every word she utters and move she makes create a character the audience loves.
John Denyer as the Cat in the Hat displays amazing amounts of energy and enthusiasm for his role, and brings the house along for the ride.
Jamie Paschke is amazing as JoJo, the Whoville dreamer who thinks too many thinks. From her expressions to her amazing voice, she is a dynamic actress who brings magic to each role she plays.
Ron Williams Jr. epitomizes the best friend buddy as Horton the Elephant who saves an egg and a microscopic world.
Samantha York is effervescent as party bird Mayzie, and Jake Dombrowski swoops on stage to the delight of the house as a skating Vlad.
Tom Sparrow as the Grinch generates laughter from the moment he hits the stage in his potbellied iconic green garb, and the bird girls – Amanda Chatila, Kayla Chavez and Danielle Riley – are sweet and sexy at the same time.
The show is an ensemble effort, though, from the youngest Whos to the veteran ensemble members, and all give the show their best effort.
Tickets are $20, with a $2 student discount. For tickets or more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to playersguildofdearborn.org.
SCP PRESENTS ‘GUYS AND DOLLS’
Southgate Community Players present “Guys and Dolls” at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate at 8 p.m. May 13 and 14.
Tickets are $15, with a $2 discount for students and seniors. To order, call 734-282-4727 or go to scponstage.com.
DATA SEEKS DIRECTORS, ACTORS FOR ‘RANDOM ACTS OF THEATRE’
“Random Acts of Theatre” seeks directors for one-act shows and scenes from full-length works for the Dearborn Area Theatre Association’s annual scholarship fundraiser.
The showcase runs Sept. 9 and 10 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.
June 6 is the due date for director applications.
Actor auditions run 7 to 9 p.m. June 27 and 28 in Studio B at the center. Vocalist auditions are 7 to 9 p.m. June 30 in Studio A.
Please email any questions to [email protected]