The drama students at Milford High School and Milford Central Academy joined in presenting Seussical this past weekend as hundreds from the local community turned out to see the four performances. Colorful costumes, lively music, and beloved characters filled the auditorium at Milford High School and were meet with applause and standing ovations.
Seussical is a combination of several Dr. Seuss stories such as Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, and Green Eggs and Ham. Director Carissa Meiklejohn and her staff chose the performance in June based on the level of talent her students have displayed over the past several Milford Drama performances.
“This show is very different than any show we have done in the past because it is almost entirely sung, it is heavily underscored with music” commented Meiklejohn. “We knew they had the talent and the whole experience was an exciting challenge for all of us.” The show was riddled with many different types of music including gospel, funk, rock, ballet, classical and country.
An English teacher at Milford High School for nine years, Carissa’s rendition of Seussical was the ninth performance she directed with Milford High Drama. The students began auditions in December 2012 and rehearsed daily during the last three months. Several students played lead roles throughout the performance including Kate Forehand who played Gertrude McFuzz, a character from Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. Gertrude was a bird that had a small, plain tail feather and desired nothing more than to be decorated with as many feathers as she could. At the end she loses all of her features but has learned from her experience about what really is important. Ms. Forehand gave a great performance of Gertrude during all four performances.
“I really like her story and characterized with Gertrude,” commented Kate. “I can connect with her, at the beginning of high school I felt very self-conscious but now I feel more confident, as she did by the end of the play.” A senior at MHS Kate had performed in three other musicals including Bye Bye Birdie, The Wizard of Oz and Annie.
Senior Jacob Leonard played Horton from the famous Dr. Seuss book Horton Hears A Who. The story depicts an elephant that discovers a small planet full of living creatures, named Whos, that live on a speck of dust. After being ridiculed and caged by the other animals in the jungle, Horton is able to prove the existence of the Whos, convincing his neighbors to help protect the small society. Jacob auditioned for the role of Horton because of the challenge it presented him as an performer.
“I always like to take on a challenge,’ commented Jacob. “I see myself as Horton more than any other character I have played. I was very challenging and allowed me to use my vocal talent.” Jacob was also a performer in past MHS plays including Bye Bye Birdie, The Wizard of Oz and Annie.
With four successful performances, Director Carissa Meiklejohn was excited for her students to experience the reward they received from the crowd’s applause for the months of hard work they put into the show. ” It’s always fun to see them preform in front of a live audience, they light up and all sorts of new things start to happen,” commented Ms. Meiklejohn. ” [The students] did an amazing job and I am very proud of them.”