The Theatre Guild Valdosta is now featuring its popular musical “Seussical the Musical Jr.”, performed by The Gingerbread Players of TGV, a children’s theater group.
The musical, which is a shorter version of the original “Seussical” written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is performed twice a year under the direction of Lynnette Kenworthy, and gives children a chance to get involved.
“Seussical Jr. tells a story about “Horton the Elephant”, who finds himself faced with a double challenge; not only must he protect his tiny friend JoJo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird,” Kenworthy said.
“The powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.”
The musical includes only one act with no intermissions, making the musical perfect for school aged children; especially those who grew up reading Dr. Seuss books.
The musical includes cast from VSU, and youth from Valdosta and other neighboring areas.
“There are three adults in the production: Horton (John Seppala) is a professor at VSU. Our show choreographer (Jessica Gillard) and musical director (Ashley Layton) both attended VSU and one of the Wickersham brothers (Bethanie Bass) operates the VSU bookstore,” Kenworthy said.
The cast also includes a young girl who was very creative with design.
“The set and costumes were designed by a 15-year-old cast member (Katelynn Kenworthy),” Kenworthy said.
Kenworthy has also directed other musicals including, “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree”, and “Peter Pan”.
“I do not have a musical background but have been very blessed to know some very gifted people in our community who enjoy working with youth and sharing their talents,” Kenworthy said.
There are several shows remaining including Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The musical is being held at The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N Ashley Street, Valdosta, GA 31602.
For more information call: 229-247-8243.