5 things you didn’t know about Seussical
If you love stories by Dr Seuss, you’re in for a treat this summer as Noodle Performance Arts Sheffield will be bringing Seussical Jr to the stage.
The musical is a simplified version of Seussical the Musical, which has been performed both on Broadway and in the West End. It will be the first time our students will have performed a whole show which hasn’t been written especially for them.
The show will be performed in June by our older students, including those taking our NPA Academyclasses in Beighton and Ranmoor, and will put their musical theatre skills to the test. Based on some classic tales by children’s author Dr Seuss, Seussical is loved throughout the world but here are some things you might not know about the show:
- It’s not ALL about Horton
The Dr Seuss story Horton Hears a Who!forms the basis for the main storyline running through Seussical. But it also includes characters and situations from lots of other popular children’s books by the author including The Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtleand Other Storiesand Green Eggs and Ham. It also includes a brief appearance from one of Dr Seuss’s most well-known characters, The Grinch.
- It’s a popular high school musical
Amateur groups have been able to perform the musical with permission since 2004 and it has proved extremely popular. According to a survey by the National Thespian Society, it was the most produced musical in American high schools during the 12 months after amateur rights were released. Seussical Jr, the version being performed by our Noodle students, was created to be a simpler and shorter show which could be performed by children.
- It recently celebrated its 18thbirthday
Seussical the Musical first opened on Broadway on November 30, 2000 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The original production was more complex and included more characters than the show today and it closed within six months after 198 performances and mixed reviews. Seussical was then reworked significantly before it toured the US for the first time in 2002.
- The Lorax just missed out on a role
The original script included a sequence telling the story of The Lorax but it was scrapped to reduce the show’s running time. If it had remained, JoJo would have been seen meeting the Once-ler and would have been inspired to try and save Whoville after receiving the last Truffula Tree seed from him. Since 2013, Music Theatre International (MTI), have been offering the sequence as a mini-musical in its own right.
- Eric Idle was involved in the show’s creation
Although the music in Seussical was created by Stephen Flaherty and the lyrics were written by Lynn Ahrens, Eric Idle is credited with working with the pair on the conception of the idea and contributing towards the storyline. Idle, who is best known for being a member of the comedy group Monty Python, went on to write his own hit musical Spamalot. He was also the first person to play the role of the Cat in the Hat, portraying the character at the show’s pre-Broadway try-out in New York in May 1999.
Noodle Performance Arts offers dance and performing arts classes for children from walking age up. The focus of our classes is on having fun but those taking part also learn valuable life skills, build their confidence and self-esteem and are given regular opportunities to perform in front of an audience.