Youth actors perform Seussical The Musical this weekend

Youth actors perform Seussical The Musical this weekend

Alamedan Staff

Photo by Eric Braun.

A cast of nearly 70 local youths will offer a production of Seussical The Musical this weekend.

The show, based on the books and characters of children's author Theodor Geisel - a.k.a. Dr. Seuss - is presented by the popular local children's theater group Tomorrow Youth Repertory and directed by Amy Marie Haven.

The show's plot mirrors Seuss's 1954 story Horton Hears a Who!, which chronicles elephant Horton's efforts to protect the tiny people of Whoville despite the scorn of his jungle peers and other travails. Penned by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and first performed on Broadway in 2000, it also incorporates such popular Seuss characters as The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. Songs include Horton and JoJo's "Alone in the Universe" and a full-cast performance of "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!"

The performance is one of two summer productions put on by the Island-based theater group, which was founded in 2011 and offers after-school programs, camps and main-stage shows. The young actors' performances were honed over the course of three weeks of summer camps; sets were designed and built by youths attending a separate camp, while makeup artists participated in a third.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Avenue. Tickets for adults are $13 in advance and $15 at the door, and tickets for children under 10 are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available online; prices do not include the service fee.

Additional information is available on the theater group's website.