NORMAN — On the 27 of April, on OU’s big stage, Dr. Seuss characters will jump off of the page. They’ll sing and they’ll dance, everything under the sun. With Seussical the Musical, it’ll all be great fun.
Students at the University of Oklahoma School of Musical Theatre are bringing the musical, based on the famous poet’s books, to life with a fun-filled adventurous story of friendship that is sure to please young and old alike.
Lyn Cramer, director, said the 17-person cast will be doing a fast-paced, high-energy Theater for Young Audiences version of the production.
“This is tight as a drum. This sucker flies. It comes out of the shoot like a rocket, and for 75 minutes it just goes like this,” she said, as she motioned her hand flying upwards. “And every piece of fabulous music was left in.”
The production takes it’s inspiration from the original Broadway production — packed full of jokes and music — and overflowing with imaginative, colorful costumes and sets, but Cramer said the cast and crew wanted the production to be their own.
Though the play is obviously designed for children, Cramer created a visually interesting show for adults, complete with a few character costumes that reference the reality TV show “The Jersey Shore” — think over-the-top animal prints.
“There’s a lot of adult-themed jokes in the show. A lot,” she said, adding that they’re still kid-friendly. “But we really have geared it for kids.”
Costume Designer Lloyd Cracknell said he designed the costumes — from the Cat in the Hat to the Grinch — to both fit in with convention and push boundaries. Though all characters are recognizable, like the bird girls wearing lots of feathers, their stylized as showgirls to add a comedic, adult twist.