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Would Theodor Seuss Geisel enjoy this academic take on his magic?

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July 24, 2017

Haydn Newcombe. Moama Grammar production of production Seussical Jnr. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Kade Austin. Moama Grammar production of production Seussical Jnr. Photo by Luke Hemer.

ALL YOUR favourite Dr Seuss characters will come to life when Moama Anglican Grammar School presents its senior production next month.

A cast of 32 from years 7-12 will perform Seussical Jnr at Echuca’s Paramount Theatre on August 3-4.

Students have been busy rehearsing for the past five months in what MAGS drama head and director Cathy James said was shaping up to be a fantastic show.

‘‘The show is colourful, with fantastic singing, dancing, amazing electronic backdrops created by Danny Hindson and a cute storyline which will be loved by all age groups,’’ she said.

Audiences will be transported from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, as the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos.

Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

Although Horton faces ridicule, danger 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.

Musical director Martina Richardson said the show not only had a unique story line and wide variety of characters and cast, but exceptional music.

‘‘There are some really stand-out songs and all of our chorus and soloists have been doing a fantastic job,’’ she said.

‘‘The music by Stephen Flaherty is beautiful and we can’t wait to share it with audiences of all ages.’’

Stage manager Kim McFadden encouraged people to come to the performance, which is ‘‘a perfect live show for the entire family’’.

‘‘People can expect to enter the fantastical world of Dr Seuss where anything can happen, while the characters in the show and on stage entertain the audience with their singing, dancing and portrayal of the many interesting characters in the show,’’ she said.

Tickets are on sale now at Echuca Paramount.

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