Seussical, the Musical to grace Ely in March at VCC’s Fine Arts Theater

This year’s Ely spring play is based on the stories of some of Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel - Dr. Seuss’ favorite stories.
A collaboration between Northern Lakes Arts Association and Vermilion Community College, Seussical,the Musical will open March 15 and run through March 24 at Vermilion College’s Fine Arts Theater.
Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, it debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play is an amalgamation of many of Seuss’ most famous children’s stories, with most of its plot being based on Horton Hears a Who! The cast features many of our favorite characters, including the Cat in the Hat, who functions as our narrator, and is played by Tom Bennett, returning to the Vermilion stage.
Horton the Elephant is played by Greg Mann, and the Whos, including Mr. and Mrs. Mayor Who (Todd Crego and Vermilion student Courtney Brittingham) and their son Jojo (Ely Jr. High student Karissa VanVickle), Cindy Lou Who, (Senja Kess), the Grinch (Vermilion student Ethan Schiffman), and General Schmitz (Vince O’Connor).
Among Dr. Seuss’ creatures are the birds: Mayzie (Ely schools’ band teacher Sarah Mason) and Gertrude (Ely High student Danielle Krostue), and the “Bird Girls” (Ely students Lily Sauls and Vannesa Bravo and Elementary teacher Amanda Vanderbeek). The Wickersham Brothers are: (Caleb Rouse-Littler of Babbitt, and Andrew Sauls and Jacob Dorman of the Vermilion Country School) and the colorful Sour Kangaroo is Karin Schmidt and her Baby Kangaroo (Tracy Thibodeaux).
Additional Whos and Jungle Animals include Laurie Bambas, Joe Elliot, Grace Erickson, Shianne Gheen, Kahsha Hyde, Paul and Cameron Kienitz, Hanna and Ronan Rouse-Littler, Gabe Mann, Katie Pickney, Crystal and Alison Poppler and Amelia Pluth, Theo Quick, and Margaret Renner.