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May 5, 2012

‘Seussical the Musical’ brings author’s imagination to life

NORMAN — Oh, the things you will see in the University of Oklahoma’s performance of “Seussical the Musical.”

Dr. Seuss’ most famous characters Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and Whoville’s tiniest hero, JoJo, come together in a fun-filled adventurous story of friendship.

Under the guidance of Director Lyn Cramer, the 17-person cast produced the junior production version of the Broadway original, in a fast-paced, high-energy 75-minute production.

The show runs 8 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday at Rupel J. Jones Theatre, 563 Elm Ave. For tickets, call the fine arts ticket office at 405-325-4101. Tickets are $30 adult, $25 seniors/OU faculty and staff/military, and $15 students with ID.

JoJo, played by Oklahoma City elementary student Campbell Walker Fields, brings Seussical to life when he imagines seeing the Cat in the Hat and magically makes him appear through an oversized version of the famous hat sitting center stage.

The Cat in the Hat, played by Jamie Goldman, represents JoJo’s imagination. Goldman’s friendly portrayal and fluid movements make him safe to youngsters and irresistible for adults to follow.

JoJo is a precocious elementary age boy whose mind is bigger than his body. Fields looks like many a young schoolboy dressed in a slightly oversized un-tucked T-shirt, khaki pants and plastic rim glasses. Fields’ well-controlled voice keeps pace with Brett Uram, who plays Horton the Elephant, during “Alone in the Universe.”

The tale of Horton and JoJo is the same from Seuss’ book “Horton Hears a Who!” Horton is the only one who can hear JoJo’s cries from the microscopic village of Whoville. Both feel dismissed and unheard, but together their friendship empowers them both. During a duet, they sing, I have a “friend in the universe who believes in me.”

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