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Seussical The Musical

31 July 2009

Mazenod - Avila Musical 2009
We hope you did not miss this year’s production of Suessical the Musical – a musical based on the characters and stories of Dr Seuss, especially The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who. Green Eggs and Ham, The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude Mc Fuzz and Oh the Thinks You Can Think. It is a magical journey through the Jungle of Nool and the land of Whoville with Bird Girls, Wickershams and the Whos, who live on a speck of dust. It is a modern musical first produced on Broadway in 2000 (which probably explains why many who saw it said they did not know about it). We found the music lively and engaging and the storyline simple and entertaining. Our presentation last week was enthusiastically received by all who saw it and was another outstanding success. If you were there, you know that the presentation of this musical was excellent, that the singing and dancing by both chorus and soloists was strong and polished and that all involved should be proud of their achievements. A special commendation needs to go to our principal actors. They spent many hours improving their singing, their dialogue, their gestures and their stagecraft. They have gained from the experience and we enjoyed their ability to sing some entertaining songs, many of them accompanied by the chorus and some complicated music arrangements and choreography. I can assure you that everyone worked hard, particularly on Sundays and on many days during the second term holidays; the cast achieved a high standard and definitely deserved all the praise they received. The staff were pleased with the attitude and effort of a great group of students who readily accepted the challenges put to them. It was great to see the joy they gained from their involvement.
The organisation of a musical involves not only the cast on stage (singing, dancing, acting) but also there is a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ assistance required – ticket selling, costumes, make-up, program design, photos, making sets and props, lighting, sound and microphones, ushers, drivers – the list goes on. It was great to see the competence and efficiency of a number of students in many of these areas – changing sets, changing microphones, organising props, operating lighting, organising costumes, organising publicity. We had fabulous and colourful costumes, great props, interesting scenery, all of which added to the spectacle produced. Teachers and students involved in these areas were extremely busy and spent many hours in preparation.
Many of the teachers and students in the Music Department were also extremely busy. Because this musical was 90 per cent sung the band, our accompanist and the musical directors were always actively involved in all rehearsals and were required to concentrate on some challenging and entertaining music during the whole two hours of each performance. Laura Bomford was again our choreographer this year. She has a great talent for encouraging students to accept a challenge in dance and movement, a talent for turning ‘doable’ routines into a great spectacle. She worked the students hard and the results of her efforts were evident in all of the chorus numbers, which were performed with great energy.
It was also very pleasing to hear some good comments by a number of the staff at Alexander Theatre. They commented positively on the behaviour and attitude of all the students involved, on their organisational skills, on their ‘theatre savvy’ and particularly on the quality of their performance in this musical.

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