Lt. Col. Robert “Mike” Taylor, perfectly captures the innocence and sincerity of the lovable elephant, Horton, who discovers a speck of dust that contains Whoville and Hatches an Egg.
By Kevin S. Abel
Stuttgart Theatre Center (STC) opened its season on Oct. 20 with Seussical The Musical to bring your favorite childhood Dr. Seuss book to the stage.
Seussical, directed by Richard Roberts, is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the childhood books of Dr. Seuss. The plays story line includes the popular books Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Hatches the Egg, and Miss Gertrude McFuzz.
The play’s story is a rather complex combination of many of Seuss’s most famous books. If you know anything of Dr. Seuss, then you already know the stories you’ll be following through the show.
With 40 actors in this production, STC cast and crew had its work cut out, this talented group brings all the characters from our childhood’s favorite books to life.
Lt. Col. Robert “Mike” Taylor, perfectly captures the innocence and sincerity of the lovable elephant, Horton, who discovers a speck of dust that contains Whoville. His defense of microscopic Whos is the motto for the whole show “A person’s a person no matter how small” As the play continues he meets JoJo, a Who child sent to military school for thinking too many “thinks”. His adventures continue as he hatches out an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird before being thrust into court.
Playing a cheerful Cat in the Hat, Leandra Sutton brings the character to life as an ambiguous figure with a sly edge. When she announces that something bad is going to happen she almost seems pleased. Suttons acting experience shows as this is her fourth production at STC.
John (Jack) B. Potter, fifth grade at Patch Elementary School, turns out a strong performance playing JoJo. A youngster who is encouraged by The Cat in the Hat to think to many “Thinks”, which lands this young Who him in military school. This is Jack’s first lead role in a theater performance, but not new to the theater scene. He performed in Wiesbaden High School’s productions and in 2016 he played the part of an orphan and one of Fagan’s pick-pockets in the Stuttgart Theatre Center’s production of OLVER!
Other main characters in the show include Rebecca Miller as Gertrude, Kira Dominique Lenz as Mazie LaBird and Tracy Coffey as the Sour Kangaroo, a mean, loud, and quite the bully, who picks on tender and vulnerable Horton and encourages others to mock him throughout the performance.
Costume design is colorful and fun while providing enough visual cues of who is who, still allowing the actors to be seen while expressing themselves. The set is simple and bright with display boards to guide you to the correct Dr. Seuss story.
From singing to dancing to being able to keep the attention of the audience, Seussical will entertain from beginning to end.
Final performances will be this weekend Nov. 3 – 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 3 p.m., with a special invited performance for the EFMP only on Saturday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m. Tickets prices are $17 for adults and $15 for students, Euro ticket rates are based on the monthly FMWR exchange rate.
To reserve tickets use our ticket reservation form found on the MWR website or call the box office at DSN 421-3055 or CIV +49 (0)711-729-3055 Tuesday – Friday from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.