By MHS Student Reporter Hannah Uebele
The Milford High School Drama Club will soon be presenting the musical, “Seussical,” on February 28 and March 1-2. As its name suggests, this musical is based off of the stories written by Dr. Seuss and will be showcasing a variety of music styles. Originally written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, “Seussical” debuted on Broadway for the first time in 2000. It has been on tour throughout the United States and United Kingdom and still continues to be a favorite for many performers and audiences today.
The musical follows many Dr. Seuss characters, but The Cat in the Hat narrates the tale. He tells the story of an elephant named Horton who finds a speck of dust containingsmall creatures, including a main character child named Jojo who “thinks too many thinks.”
Ms. Carissa Meiklejohn, the director and MHS drama teacher, said that the musical staff chose this show because “it is different from anything else we’ve done here before.” She also said that the newer show will challenge the cast with very little dialogue and almost all singing.
Milford High School (MHS) senior Megan Rossetti will be playing the main character JoJo, whom Rossetti described as a very imaginative child. Although Rossetti has been in musicals before, this will be her first performance with solos which she says is “nerve-racking.” With four years of experience under her belt and a leading role in this upcoming musical full of singing solos, Rossetti seems to have accomplished her goal she first set when she joined the MHS Drama Club.
“I thought it would be fun and sounded like something that would help me grow out of my shyness,” said Rossetti.
Senior Katrina Russ, who plays The Cat in the Hat, said that the Cat is a manipulator but she enjoys how the Cat is “mischievous, which I think is fun to play, and which I can relate to.” Like Rossetti, this will be Russ’s first time singing solos in front of an audience. “I’m not as nervous right now, but I have a feeling I’ll be getting more jittery as performance day gets closer,” Russ said.
According to Ms. Meiklejohn, the musical is family-friendly, and that the club always likes to perform shows for everyone to come and enjoy. They will keep rehearsing hard and excitedly waiting for the performance in the days to come. Along with directing and teaching drama at MHS for nine years, Ms. Meiklejohn also teaches English. She has been involved with theater since her freshman year in high school and hopes that her experience has helped the drama club grow over the years. For individuals interested in coming to see this show, tickets can be purchased at the door on the days of the show.