This past weekend, The Captain and both of my dudes wrapped up a three-weekend run of the musical Seussical at our community theater. In a word, it was “adorable.” I really wanted to be clever and put a Seuss word in there, but, alas, none come to me. Yet…
“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.” The musical is actually the story of Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches the Egg. There are also references to The Lorax, The Grinch, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. The Cat is the “narrator” of the musical, and the characters are all the Seuss favorites. In a word, it was “magical.”
My little guys were Whos. They had to wear stuffed suits and wild wigs. They were adorable.
String Bean had to hold the roast beast so the Grinch could carve it. His face was priceless! In a word, it was “precious.”
The Captain played one of the three monkeys who torment Horton. His song was called, “Monkey Around” and the main lyric was, “You wanna monkey, monkey around?!” Is it bad that I completely burst out laughing during this song? Well, I did. Thank goodness I was sitting by one of my friends, who also was laughing. Not sure why this song would be included – adult humor?
It was pretty difficult keeping a straight face while my husband, in orange and white striped bib overalls, orange Chuck Taylor’s and an orange beanie is bouncing around the stage, like a monkey, asking the audience to “monkey around” with him. So wrong on so many levels. In a word, it was “goofy.”
“Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small!” The musical itself carries this message throughout, and it is one to always remember. I don’t know how the good Dr. Seuss did it – but he made his work immortal. Move over vampires, read some Seuss.
I had the pleasure of getting to take pictures for the show, and that was a blast, but very challenging, too! I hope I captured the heart of the show. In a word, it was “memorable.”
So, here are some of my favorite “magical, precious, goofy and memorable” Seussisms:
“Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
“Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don’t matter,
and those who matter don’t mind”
“Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
In a word, Seuss is “Seusstacular.” And a happy belated birthday to Dr. Seuss.