By Greg Holden
Settled in a little studio next to the Paramount Theatre, I found a group of around 20 children practicing for the upcoming Paramount Live! production of Seussical Jr., a musical based on the popular Dr Seuss’ children’s books. With The Cat in the Hat, Horton and much of Whoville on a mission to discover all the thinks they can think, this is a musical stage production that will both inspire and entertain the whole family.
The actors, who are between ages 8 and 12, vary from first-time performers to veritable veterans of the stage. Led by Marcia Arpin, director and arts and drama teacher, the performers also help make the sets and costumes and do all their own sales and marketing. Herein lies my excitement for this production: none of these young actors looked bored or tired or uninspired. After a busy day of school they looked energized, they sounded amazing, and they obviously loved what they were doing. This is going to be a little gem. So with all the Seussism I can muster, buy your tickets now because if you think to wait or wait to think, the tickets will go in a wink and a blink!
Seussical the Musical will run at the Paramount Theatre from April 10-12 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children and are available by calling 285-3324 or visiting the studio at 20 Court Street South.