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JCCT's 'Seussical' performance opens this week

Jonathan Roberts • Feb 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM

You’ll be thinking of all the thinks you can think.

That’s what the cast of Johnson City Community Theatre’s “Seussical” wants when the production hits the stage Friday night.

“We’re immersing you into this world of Seuss — you walk out on stage and you immediately know you’re there,” said Director Dustin Lawson. “From a director’s point of view, I wanted to bring out the humanity in these characters because they’re still very much people at heart.”

The show is based on Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s story “Horton Hears a Who!”, but with a mix of characters from several different stories, including the Grinch and Cindy Lou. In all, 22 actors and actresses will take the stage during the performance. 

“It’s like any and all characters that would not normally meet are thrown into this,” Lawson said. “It’s like a big smorgasbord of different storylines and a lot of his book titles are actually turned into songs in the show.

“Anything you pull out of the cat’s hat is kind of thrown into the performance.”

Adam Derrick, who will be playing Horton, called it a “big, colorful, fun show,” adding that the show “tackles some really relatable issues.”

“It’s been a lot of fun so far,” Derrick said. “I’d say I’m most looking forward to being able to share these characters and these stories with people. We’ve been living with them for months now.”

Lawson, who makes his directorial debut with the show, said it’s nerve-wracking but exciting at the same time, noting that the first book he learned to read was Dr. Seuss’ “The Foot Book.” 

“Being able to revisit that years later has kind of re-introduced to this whole new world of Seuss,” Lawson said. “As an adult now, you see it a little differently.” 

The show opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. and will run until March 8. Tickets can be found on the theater’s website, www.jccommunitytheatre.org. Tickets cost $10 for children, $12 for students, seniors and military and $15 for regular admission.  

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