NEWS: Law Drama Club Takes Curtain Call For The Year With “Seussical The Musical”
By Tyler Chavez and Nisali Fernando – Staff Reporters
Jonathan Law’s Drama Club struck gold with its production of “Seussical the Musical.”
On April 15 and 16, the Jonathan Law Drama Club put on a production of “Seussical the Musical.” The “lawmazing” cast of 25 performers wowed the audience with bright colors, catchy music, and a story of triumph in the magical world of Seuss.
The show, which was the last production of the year, marks a successful run for the Drama Club.
“This year was really successful,” said Junior and stage manager Ann Reed. “We had two great shows and we really came together as a family”.
“Seussical the Musical” tells the story of multiple Dr. Seuss characters, focusing mainly on the story of “Horton Hears a Who”.
“What I think is really interesting is that this is a kids show,” said junior Jill Bendlak, who played one of the Whos. “I have never seen a show with so much color in it before!”
The show follows Horton the Elephant as he tries to protect a clover carrying the small planet of Who where JoJo, his family, and the rest of the Who’s live. Along the way, Horton is impeded by the Sour Kangaroo and the Wickersham Brothers, but is assisted by his neighbor, the bird with the one-feathered tail, Gertrude McFuzz.
“I was really impressed with how simple, yet beautiful and colorful the stage was,” said Spanish teacher Mrs. Fortin, who saw the show with her children.
The show is known for its vibrant, colorful atmosphere that can reach an audience of all ages. Younger fans love the music, colors, and humor, while older fans enjoy seeing the classic Seuss characters on stage and interacting together.
“My kids loved the show,” said Fortin. “They had never seen anything like it.”
The musical was a family favorite bedtime story brought to life. Familiarity and youthfulness flooded the atmosphere, in the world of Seuss it’s okay to be a little silly.
Earlier in the fall, the club performed, “Almost, Maine” a romantic-comedy play following the stories of nine interconnected couples.
“I had such a great time getting to know everyone in the club and performing for everyone who came to the shows,” junior Nikita Potnis said.
Current members of the Drama Club were pleasantly surprised to see new people join and contribute to the club.
‘It’s great because your family grows and you make a lot of new friends,” Bendlak said.
Members of the “Seussical” cast, both old and new, hold fond memories about preparing for the show and learning their parts. Rehearsals were considered a fun, energetic time.
“I think my favorite part [from rehearsals] was when we would play games and dance for warm-ups because everyone was always having such a good time and enjoying themselves,” Potnis said.
The show has also left an imprint on those who took part. Its charm has created memories for those onstage.
“I loved the opening number,” Potnis said. “It’s so high energy and fun and it was so great while we were performing on opening night and people started cheering before the song even ended.”
Offstage, stage managers work tirelessly to keep the show running smoothly. From managing props to preparing sets, without them the show would be at a complete standstill.
“Backstage is where everything comes together, there’s a lot of moving parts that have to work together,” Reed said.
Stage managers are constantly on edge, as they have juggle many things at once.
“I have around 15 nightmares before every show about certain scenarios happening backstage,” junior and stage manager Sarah O’Brien said.
Through the hard work of the cast and crew, the show sold out opening night, and rave reviews followed every viewing.
“It was a riveting experience,” junior Sam Rossi said. “I was really impressed with Maddie Baldieri and Emma Hudd and JP has the voice of an angel.”
Seussical the Musical, kept its audience on the edge of their seats. The show was interactive (live auctions and questions to the audience) and during moments of sadness, there was not a dry eye in the house.
“My favorite part was the auction,” Rossi said. “I got to participate and it was amazing.”
Current members are already looking forward to what the future has in store for the Drama Club.
“Here’s what’s happening: new merch, new shows, new team building, and new choreography,” O’Brien said.
As the school year comes to a close, members who will be reaching their final year of Drama Club reminisce on the success of the program.
“When we joined freshman year the club was very small,” Reed said. “But it’s been great to see it grow and I can’t wait for us to come full circle in this now successful program.”