St. Scholastica Theatre presents the musical Seussical starting April 12

Merry Renn Vaughan. Submitted

Merry Renn Vaughan. Submitted

Seussical, a musical based on works by Dr. Seuss and written by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Eric Idle, is the next production for St. Scholastica’s 2012-2013 theatrical season. The production opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the St. Scholastica Theatre, behind Tower Hall on campus.

Directing is Merry Renn Vaughan, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Communication, Theatre and Art at St. Scholastica.

Performances of “Seussical” will also be staged April 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, and 28. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee performances are at 2 p.m.

This production is appropriate for all ages as the insight, humor and imagination of Seuss come to life through story and song featuring his colorful characters.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students and $5 for St. Scholastica students. Tickets can be purchased online through the Spotlight Box

Vaughan, an expert on Dr. Seuss, recently completed her Ph.D. dissertation on Theodor Geisel’s life and writings of his Dr. Seuss books. Her dissertation, “There’s More to Seuss Than Meets the Eye: The Social and Political Vision of an American Icon,” reviews four major decades in Geisel’s life and how his personal, historical and social events during those decades intertwined with what he published in his pages.

“I’ve always loved Dr. Seuss; I’ve always had an imagination off the charts,” said Vaughan.

During the theatre production of “Seussical,” the Cat in the Hat will narrate a musical story of the life of Horton the Elephant. Woven throughout the tale are favorite Seuss characters that either help or hinder Horton on his journey to save the Whos. Along the way, Horton cares for an abandoned egg and meets someone whose “thinks” are just as big as is own. Anything is possible as classic Seuss rhymes and locations are set to music.

For more information, contact the Spotlight Ticket Office at spotlight.css.edu or call (218) 723-700. Spotlight@css.edu is St. Scholastica’s one-stop shop for arts and lectures information and tickets.

The College of St. Scholastica is regularly recognized as one of the finest colleges in the Midwest. The 2013 “America’s Best Colleges” survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks St. Scholastica in the top tier of Midwestern universities.

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