Far away, in a land called the Jungle of Nool, a kindhearted elephant stands guard over a miniature city built upon a fleck of dust.
So begins Seussical, a show that combines all of your favorite Dr. Seuss tales into one musical spectacular. Warren Civic Theatre (WCT) chose Seussical, the latest in a long line of family-friendly productions, to be the opening show of its 29th season.
“The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos,” Director Joe Colosi explains. “Not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie LaBird.”
Joe Colosi has served as the Associate Artistic Director for WCT since 2009, and has worked in children’s and educational theatre for more than 15 years. WCT’s other capable leaders include Founding Artistic Director Greg Trzaskoma, Company Manager Kristin Fritschi, Artist in Residence Andy Zulkiewski and a score of talented associate and guest artists. Together, the team puts on five full-scale productions every year.
This year, that lineup includes James and the Giant Peach Jr., The Lion King Jr., A Christmas Carol and Guys and Dolls. What makes WCT unique is the wide range of shows they perform: some shows offer open casting (in which everyone who auditions gets a role) while some feature competitive casting. Some shows are intended for young performers, while others are aimed at adult participants.
Tickets run from $5 – $15 depending on proximity to the stage—a price so affordable you’ll want to go twice and see both casts!
What began in 1990 as a children’s summer theater workshop with only a handful of participants has grown into a full-fledged theatrical organization. Over the years, members have toured at various universities, and have performed everything from Shakespeare to Disney. After you see Seussical, keep your eye out for WCT’s future performances. Whether you want to take workshops, act, direct, stage manage, put together costumes, work lights and sound, garner publicity or simply watch a show, there is a place for you at WCT!
To learn more about Macomb County’s music, theater and dance scene, check out our brand-new Connect to Culture page. There you’ll find tons of venues and groups that suit your interests, whether you want to take center stage yourself or simply take in a performance. Hope to see you at the theater!
Jenna Russell is a summer intern at the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She is a senior at Oakland University.