The Farmington City Youth Theater’s upcoming production of “Suessical Jr,” a youth version of the Broadway musical, will be running March 25-28 at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center (120 S. Main). The production, which features several classic Dr. Suess characters including the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and the Whos from Whoville, will also have a 1 p.m. matinee on March 28.
“After all these years being stuck on a page,” says the Cat in the Hat at one point during the musical. “Did you ever imagine you’d see me onstage?”
The musical combines the stories and characters of several different Dr. Suess books, with Gertrude McFuzz having a crush on Horton the elephant and the Grinch living with all the other Whos on the speck that Horton has to protect.
Yertle the Turtle, the Wickersham Brothers, McElligot’s Pool, and Mayzie, whose egg Horton ends up hatching, also makes an appearance.
The Cat in the Hat serves as the narrator, guide, and general trouble maker. It’s his red and white striped hat that begins the story, which is found by a little boy that the Cat then pulls into a world inhabited by the Suess characters.
The musical also includes more serious themes Suess has explored. Characters from Dr. Suess’s “The Butter Battle Book” start a war that the mayor of Whoville’s son gets caught up in, leading to an exploration of the pointlessness of war.
Tickets for the musical are $5 in advance or $6 at the door, and can be purchased either online at www.farmington.utah.gov or by calling 451-0953.
“Seussical Jr.” is the last play scheduled by the Farmington Arts Council until the summer musical (which is open to actors of all ages). Though auditions have not yet been scheduled and the musical itself has not yet been announced, more information can be found on the city’s website as soon as it is available.