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Seussical, The Musical
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: 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 La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities for set, lighting and costume design. An alternate orchestration is available in keys more appropriate for a female Cat in the Hat.
STRIKE! The Musical
Strike! – The award-winning social justice drama has garnered glowing reviews since its premiere in 2005. The Winnipeg Free Press proclaimed “this play would do more to enable the strength of civil discourse than any of the theories of [a] learned academic conference.” Canada’s national newspaper, “The Globe and Mail”, called the musical “an improbably compelling piece of musical theatre” while the Saskatoon Star Phoenix stated that “[Strike!] gives you everything you want: a love story, a suspenseful plot, a collection of good songs and a history lesson that teaches you something about yourself.” The historical musical finds its inspiration in the seminal Canadian story: the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. In addition to scores of regional theatre productions, the musical has been broadcast as a national radio special, published as an interactive book/CD and featured in two TV documentaries. A feature film will shoot in 2017 (strikemovie.com) and a recurring summer production is produced in Winnipeg.
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight.
‘Disenchanted!’ was nominated in New York City by the Outer Critics Circle for ‘Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical’ (2015), the Off Broadway Alliance for ‘Best New Musical’ (2015), and Winner of the New Jersey Playwrights Contest ‘Best Play’ Award (2010).
NY Production History: ‘Disenchanted!’ had its first workshop in 2009 at Pearl Studios in NYC. The workshop (in which songs from the show were performed) was directed by Fiely Matias with Music Direction by Dennis T. Giacino (Music & Lyrics) who also accompanied the event on the piano. The evening was co-produced by Giacino and Matias.
In 2012, ‘Disenchanted!’ had it’s first Off-Broadway reading at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons in NYC. Songs from the show were also featured in a showcase at Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret Theatre on Restaurant Row that summer.
‘Disenchanted!’ opened in a limited-engagement run Off-Broadway in NYC at the Theatre @ St. Clement’s in December of 2014 and then in an open-ended run at the Westside Theatre in 2015.