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Directed by

Don Feely

 

Asst. Director

Chris Keady

 

Choreography

Susie Schenk

 

Set Design

Don Feely

 

Lighting Design

Nathan Avakian

 

Orchestra Director

Reggie Stegmeier

 

The Cast

 

Cat in the Hat....…...…..Kraig Williams

Jojo..............................Cody Westphal

Horton the Elephant...Randy Hamilton

Gertrude McFuzz........Heather Powers

Mayzie LaBird...................Kim Wilmes

Sour Kangaroo......…Pamela S. Hough

Mayor of Who...............Robert Cayson

Mayor's Wife.................Heather Penni

General Schmidtz…......…...Ryan Fillis

Yertle the Turtle.........Rebecca Bagley

Young Kangaroo...........Evan Hamilton

 Bird Girl...................Jamie Schuknecht

Bird Girl............….......…Angela Baker

Bird Girl……..................…Nikki Adams

 

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Produced

July 29 – August 7, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…the musical

A young boy arrives on stage and examines a rather unusual hat. Suddenly, a cat appears and dons the hat, breaking into song, "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!"

 

In the Jungle of Nool, where Horton the Elephant is bathing ("Our Story Begins"), he hears a strange noise coming from a speck of dust. He is convinced there must be someone on it, and rescues the speck and places it on a clover to guard ("Horton Hears a Who"). The other animals (especially the "Sour Kangaroo", a matriarch of the jungle) mock him mercilessly for this, except for Gertrude McFuzz, who admires his compassion and begins to fall in love with him. ("Biggest Blame Fool"). However, Horton soon hears the mysterious voice again, which turns out to belong to the Mayor of "Who", a dust-speck planet covered with microscopic inhabitants called Whos. The Cat in the Hat zooms in on the dust speck so the Whos are revealed to the audience. The Mayor of Who and the Whos reveal their planet is so small and fragile they are constantly threatened with death, and beg Horton to help protect them now their cries have reached him. His resolve strengthened, Horton promises he will guard the dust speck.

 

The mayor's son, Jojo, is being scolded for thinking "thinks" at school, imaginary thoughts which have apparently disrupted his classes and aroused the ire of his teachers. Although he tries not to think thinks anymore, he starts to imagine his tub is McElligot's pool where his thinks soon spiral out of control ("It's Possible") and cause time to fly and he goes to bed. Frustrated, the Mayor and his wife agree to "lay down the law" but are unsure of just how to discipline their son ("How to Raise a Child"). After receiving a brochure (handed to them by the Cat), they decide to send him to a military school run by a misguided warmonger named General Genghis Khan Schmitz, who is preparing to go to war with those who eat their bread butter side down ("The Military").

 

Horton meets Jojo, with whom he bonds instantly as a fellow social outcast ("Alone in the Universe"). The next day, Gertrude (whose feelings for Horton are still strong) laments that her tail only has one feather, believing its sorry sight is the reason Horton is not noticing her ("The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz"). At the advice of Mayzie La Bird, whose tail is enormous and dazzling, Gertrude obtains pills from Doctor Dake (played by the Cat) which Mayzie promises will make her tail "almost as amazing" as hers ("Amayzing Mayzie/Amayzing Gertrude"). Gertrude is so excited about her tail, she overdoses.

 

Horton is ambushed by a group of mischievous monkeys, the Wickersham Brothers ("Monkey Around") who steal the clover and give it to a eagle, Vlad Vladikoff, who drops it into a large patch of identical clovers ("Chasing the Whos"). The Cat in the Hat freezes the action and delivers an ironically cheery tune about how fortunate the audience is not to be the Whos ("How Lucky You Are"). As Horton begins to look for the clover, Gertrude catches up to him and tries to attract his attention. Horton, however, is so intently focused on his mission he does not notice her, and a dejected Gertrude retreats to take more pills ("Notice Me, Horton"). Mayzie LaBird, who has just been abandoned by her lover and left with an egg, interrupts Horton's search and begs him to sit on it so she can take an afternoon off. Horton reluctantly agrees, and Mayzie flies away, never to return. As winter approaches, Horton is captured by hunters. Gertrude makes an attempt to rescue him, but the size and weight of her new tail prevents her from flying ("Horton Sits on the Egg").

 

 

 

Act II

Horton is transported to New York City ("Egg, Nest and Tree") and auctioned off to the circus ("The Circus McGurkus"), where he laments his sorry state. Meanwhile, Mayzie is lazing about in Palm Beach, where she admits she tires of the monotony of sunbathing ("Mayzie in Palm Beach"). She decides to attend the Circus, where she reunites with Horton and the egg. Horton pleads for her to take it back, but Mayzie refuses, and gives the egg to Horton to keep forever ("Amayzing Horton"). Alone with the egg, a sorrowful Horton vows to nurture it himself and sings the egg a lullaby about a magical world called "Solla Sollew."

 

Jojo and his fellow cadets are deployed to fight in the Butter Battle. Jojo finally confronts General Schmitz, declaring his belief in the immorality of the war and deserting the army. Jojo forgives the Cat in the Hat for his perceived offenses, taking his advice and trusting his hunches to lead him back home. At last, he and his parents share a joyful embrace ("Havin' a Hunch").

 

At the Circus, Gertrude reappears and frees a bewildered Horton. She has swallowed her pride, got her tail feathers plucked, and flew across the world to rescue Horton and find the Whos' clover ("All For You"). Ecstatic that the Whos are finally safe, Horton begins to fall in love with Gertrude. However, their happiness is soon crushed as the Sour Kangaroo and the Wickersham Brothers drag Horton back to the Jungle of Nool, and put him on trial for the crimes of "talking to a speck of dust and loitering on an egg". Gertrude and Horton make a stand at the case, but all in vain; Yertle the Turtle orders the clover to be boiled in a kettle of beezlenut oil. Aghast, Horton begs the Whos to shout to prove their existence, which nearly fails until Jojo comes up with a "think": the word "YOPP" whose peculiar sound is just enough to reach the jungle creatures' ears ("The People Versus Horton the Elephant"). The court acquits Horton and the Sour Kangaroo repents, swearing from then on she will help Horton protect the Whos. In Whoville, Jojo is honored as "Thinker Non-Stop" and finally wins the appreciation of his parents.

 

Suddenly, the egg hatches, and to everyone's surprise a tiny "Elephant-Bird" emerges as a result of Horton having sat on it for so long. Horton panics, realizing he can't handle flying progeny, but Gertrude promises him that as Horton "teaches him earth", she will "teach him sky." The Cat in the Hat sums things up ("Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!") and the curtain call is followed by "Green Eggs and Ham".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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