NEW ALBANY • The wit, wisdom and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss will be on full display this weekend at New Albany High School.

“Seussical” – the 2000 Broadway musical – will have its debut with the students of NAHS under the direction of Mary Beth Muncie.

Based on the works of Seuss and featuring elements from books such as “Horton Hears a Who,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Lorax,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and, of course, “The Cat in the Hat,” “Seussical” takes the audience from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, and even the land of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”

In the musical, Horton faces a double challenge: Not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Featuring songs such as “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think,” “The One Feather Tail of Gertrude McFuzz,” “Chasing the Whos” and “The Grinch Carved the Roast Beast,” the production will delight longtime fans of Dr. Seuss and new inductees to the pantheon of characters and worlds.

“Seussical” involves nearly the entire student body of NAHS.

“I love the way our whole school comes together to make this production happen each year,” Muncie said. “From costuming to building the sets to all of the set design and art work and dancing ... It’s such a group project for us.”

The performance opens Friday at New Albany High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $12 for reserved seating.

“These students have invested so much time into this show because they have such a love and passion for theater, and we just want the community to see how much talent we do have here at New Albany High School,” Muncie said.

“Year after year, we put on quality productions that the community always enjoys and we have no doubt this year will be bigger and better than ever.”

For tickets, call (662) 534-1805.

derek.russell@journalinc.com Twitter: @wderekrussell

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