Baldwinsville Baldwinsville Theatre Guild has surpassed all expectations in its 2012 children’s production of “Seussical the Musical.” It is a fun romp through a difficult show starring 29 of the most talented students in some nine school districts in the county and eight musicians all under the direction of Daniel Mullarney.
“Seussical the Musical” made its short-lived turn on Broadway in 2000. It is based on 18 of Dr. Seuss’ books. The master of ceremonies appears everywhere. He must be The Cat in the Hat and his multiple roles are handled very capably with the voice and dancing legs of Andrew Cuccaro. The Baker High School senior is clearly the leader of this ensemble cast.
The Cat in the Hat tells us, “Oh The Things You Can Think” and we travel to the Jungle of Nool where we meet the gentle giant, Horton the Elephant. Nate Porceng makes him compassionate and caring especially when “Horton Hears a Who.” He cares for the speck of dust that contains the Whos of Whoville. He is ridiculed by the other animals, except Gertrude McFuzz who begins to fall in love with him. She is a simple bird with only a small crop of feathers, so Gertrude figures that if she increases her feathers, Horton will see her. Julianna Grabowski has a lovely voice and physical presence as she tries to get the pachyderm to “Notice Me Horton.”
Horton hears the Who voices but it takes the help of The Cat in the Hat to make the Whos visible to him and us. The yellow clad Mr. and Mrs. Mayor (Brendan O’Toole and Katie Grabowski) make sure it is safe before the Whos come out of hiding. Evan Biedermann’s soaring tenor voice makes JoJo a favorite except among his teachers and parents. He is a dreamer who always believes “It’s Possible.” Horton befriends JoJo as they are both “Alone in the Universe.”