‘Seussical the Musical’ to make Belen High School debut

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They’re the imaginative books we grew up reading, and this weekend, more than 10 Dr. Seuss’ children’s books will come to life in Belen High School’s auditorium.

“Seussical the Musical,” a production by BHS’ choir and drama department, will take audiences on a colorful journey full of singing and dancing narrated by a beloved Dr. Seuss character, The Cat in the Hat.

Abigail R. Ortiz-News-Bulletin photo: ‘Seussical the Musical,’ a production by Belen High School’s choir and drama department, will take audiences on a colorful journey full of singing and dancing, narrated by a beloved character, The Cat in the Hat. The musical will be performed in the school’s auditorium at 7 p.m. from Thursday, May 3, through Saturday, May 5.

The stories and their characters are woven together throughout this almost two-hour musical performed at 7 p.m. from Thursday, May 3, through Saturday, May 5.

A few of Dr. Seuss’ books sprinkled high and low include “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Horton Hatches The Egg” and “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.”

“People familiar with Dr. Seuss’ stories will recognize characters and watch as they’re put together in surprising ways,” said BHS drama teacher Mary Ann Detlor.

Sets, built from scratch by Belen High School science teacher Stephen Boliver, spring to life in places such as the Jungle of Nool and Whoville.

“It pushes the imagination,” Detlor said.

The third-year drama teacher said she chose to work on this challenging musical after viewing a Broadway version of it about four years ago.

“Dr. Seuss was a genius and it was really fun to go back and remember things in the books that I read as a child,” Detlor said.

The Belen High School performance is a version of the Broadway musical that debuted in 2000 written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, according to www.broadwaymusicalhome.com.

The school’s rendition is a culmination of work spanning more than four months by the choir and drama department, including 25 cast and crew members plus the chorus.

This witty musical will make long-time Dr. Seuss fans remember the stories they read as children, as well as peak the interest of children.

“Children will enjoy it, but adults can enjoy it just as much,” Detlor said.

Entrance fees for adults are $5 and $3 for students and children. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.


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