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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento February 26, 2007

The Cat in the Hat takes center stage in Seussical

The magical world of Dr. Seuss comes to life on stage, as Sacramento State's Department of Theatre and Dance presentsCat in the hat Seussical the Musical, at the University Theatre, Shasta Hall, from March 9 – 25.

Performances are at 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays.

Seussical, which debuted on Broadway in 2000, is based on 14 of Dr. Seuss' memorable classics combined into one hilarious tale. When chaos erupts in the Jungle of Nool, the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and a cast of remarkable characters are charged with bringing harmony back to the world. The production takes its audience on an unpredictable ride, from the miniature houses of Whoville to the wild greenery of the Jungle of Nool.

What distinguishes this production is the addition of an array of whimsical puppets, thanks to director Richard Bay, professor of theatre and puppetry at Sacramento State. "I knew that if we were going to do Seussical, I wanted to include puppets," says Bay. He and his team have created an array of Muppet-style puppets, rod puppets and even some shadow puppets that float above the stage, helping to bring to life Seuss' inventive creations.

While Seussical has great appeal for children, there is plenty for an adult audience to enjoy. Dr. Seuss has maintained a wide and loyal following among readers of all ages. "Dr. Seuss is always interesting," says Bay. "In addition to being entertaining, there is often a socially conscious message to be found."

Bay is equally enthusiastic about his cast of 37 performers. "This is one of the strongest groups of students I have ever worked with," he says. "They are wonderful singers and dancers. It should be a special performance."

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 seniors, students and SARTA members; $12 Sacramento State faculty and staff; and $10 children 10 and younger. For Wednesday and Thursday performances, general admission is only $10, $7 for seniors, students, children and SARTA members. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (916) 278-4323 or online at www.tickets.com.

For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

 

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