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MHS Fine Arts to Present ‘Seussical the Musical’


The Mena High School Fine Arts Department is in high gear as they prepare for Seussical the Musical. Casting for the roles was held at the end of September and the cast, crew, and directors are rehearsing 4 days a week to prepare this great show for audiences of all ages.

As the story begins, there is nothing but a bare stage with an odd red-and-white striped hat in the center. A small child, JoJo, discovers it and imagines what it could belong to, finally conjuring up the Cat in the Hat. The Cat creates the Seussian world around him and JoJo, and he acts as the narrator for the remainder of the musical, and is JoJo’s mentor during the play.

The Cat in the Hat will be played by Kelsey Wiggins and JoJo is being played by Kiylee Hughes, the only non high school actor.  Other well known Seuss characters with solos include: Horton the Elephant-Braden Purvis, Gertrude Mcfuzz-Abi McPherson, Mayzie Labird-Szilvia Fuleki, Sour Kangaroo-Sarah Rose, Mr. Mayor-Brynn Harvey, Mrs. Mayor-Hannah McDonald, and Yertle the Turtle by Nick Sorel. Other characters are The Wickersham Brothers-Jimmy Dilbeck, Daniel Green, Rachel McCullen; The Bird Girls-Sophie Dennis, Lindsey Logan, Jocelyn Parsons; and Thing 1 & Thing 2 by Caroline Morgan and Nalu Pruitt.

Director for this fabulous show is Jessica Kropp, Musical Director is Ferroll Taylor, set designer-Stephanie Ladd- all faculty members at MHS; student choreographers are Abi McPherson and Kelsey Wiggins, and the costume designer is Ruby K. Manis.

Show dates for the public will be Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 20 at 2:30 pm.  Performances will be held at the Mena High School Performing Arts Center.  Admission for the show is $5.00.

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