Students from Herrick Middle School in Downers Grove will bring the stories of Dr. Seuss to life this week with performances of the musical "Seussical Jr."
Performances will be held at the school, 4335 Middaugh Ave., at 7:30 p.m. both Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 and available by calling Herrick at 630-719-5810.
"Seussical Jr." is based on several Dr. Seuss stories, but the overall plot is borrowed from Horton Hears a Who!, focusing on Horton the Elephant's attempts to protect the people of Who-ville who live in a tiny speck of dust. The "Cat in the Hat" will serve as the show's host and emcee, school officials said.
Popular numbers in the show include: "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!," "Horton Hears a Who" and “Alone in the Universe.”
“’The stories by Dr. Suess are classics and childhood favorites,” said Georgann Grecco, Herrick’s choir director. “We are so excited to put these tales to music and look forward to a great show for people of all ages.”
Assisting Grecco with the musical production is Sarah Williams, a language arts and reading teacher at Herrick.
The cast includes: Kayla Asonye, Kiera Baarstad, Olivia Bartkowiak, Tim Berberich , Amelia Blair-Smith, Elise Cismesia, Christian Clements, Reyna Collins, Zoe Covey, Erin DeCero, Emma Doak, Kelly Doro, Will Duellman, Sophia Fotos, Grace Furstenau, Ben Goedert, Sarah Goodell, Eliza Graham, Ben Greenblatt, Emily Grigg, Sarah Heinz, Elizabeth Hodonicky, C.J. Johnston, Tatiana Jordan, Eirene Kowal, Hannah Kutchek, Adeline Lang,Lindsey LeBeda, Elizabeth McNamara, Elena Mendez, Emma Moravec, Olivia Morrow, Maggie Neverly, Jane Olsson, Destiny Ortiz, Ben Perdue, Fletcher Peters, Zoe Reynolds, Jackson Rummler, Natalie Schuetz, Kerigan Stadtler, Sharon Stagaman, Niamh Stewart, Riley Wagner, Natalie White and Rachel Youngdahl.
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