Seussical to do Cat in the Hat proud

Launceston College students are eager to present the musical Seussical at the Princess Theatre later this month. Picture: MARK JESSER

Launceston College students are eager to present the musical Seussical at the Princess Theatre later this month. Picture: MARK JESSER

DR SEUSS characters will come to life through the Launceston College production of Seussical.

A semester in the development, rehearsals are in their final weeks before the college production with more than 200 students opens on June 25.

It is understood to be the first time the former Broadway production, launched in 2000, has been performed in the North of the state.

College head of performing art and production choreography Rebecca Miller said yesterday Seussical was based on a number of the well-known Dr Seuss children's books, however, it had layers of meaning, with something for young children, students and adults.

"After the success of Hairspray last year, we were looking for something different, in a different kind of genre with a different kind of feel but something that would be exciting and challenging for the kids but also the artistic team to wrap our heads around," Ms Miller said.

"It's really multi-layered, it has that story which kids would relate to but there are some very adult concepts which go over the kids' heads but which will strike a chord with an adult audience."

Director Cheyne Mitchell said as with the books, the production was issues-based and would tackle such subjects as equality, standing up for the voiceless and body image.

Characters will take on a human form, however, you will see the Cat in the Hat, Horton, Mayzie Le Bird and Mr Mayor from Whoville.

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