Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts presented one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical, where Dr. Seuss’ best-known characters collide in an unforgettable musical. The book is by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, with music by Flaherty and lyrics by Ahrens. The show’s opening performance was held from April 19-22, 2018, in OBU's Jones Performing Arts Center.
Seussical tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for “thinking too many thinks.” Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, but the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. His struggles highlight the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community.
Drew Hampton, assistant professor of theatre arts, is the director of the musical. In addition to Hampton, other lead production team members include: Music Director Dr. Jon Secrest, professor of music; Choreographer Grace Hampton, Ouachita alumnus; Assistant Stage Director Andrew Martin; Stage Manager Nadalie Gill, assisted by Ashton Spence; and Accompanist Susan Monroe. Co-Dance Captains are Lauren Terry, Dylan Blackwood, and Bonnie Gentry.
Cast members include: Cat in the Hat--Michael Peré; JoJo--Hannah Hines; Horton--Will Stotts; Sour Kangaroo--Zachary Myers; Mayzie--Kenzie Henderson; Mayor--Scotty Scott; Mayor's Wife--Esther Atkinson; Bird Girls--Hannah Hill, Lauren Terry, and Autumn Romines; Wickersham Brothers--Dylan Blackwood, Micah Brooks, Logan Dooley, Jacob Hemsath, Jesse Robinson, and Cody Walls; Gertrude-- Mackenzie Holtzclaw; General Schmitz--Clay Mobley.
The Ensemble includes: Hannah Anderson, Bawo Asagba, Matthew Burns, Anna Darr, Elizabeth Dawson (Vlad), Melodie DuBose, Hannah Earls, Jessica Elliff, Michaela Finley, Bonnie Gentry, Lizzy Griffin, Caleb Harris, Emily Johnson, Ryan Lynch (Grinch), Alex Marrin, Paige Price, Kristi Roshto, Hannah Saunders, Emily Siemens, Anna Joie Valdez, Cedar Valdez, Sharayah Wallace, Rachel Webber, Jhonika Wright (Yertle), and Arkadelphia community member Emorie Carozza.
The Costumes Production Team includes: Designer--visiting assistant professor of theatre arts Christina Johnson; Crew Head--Sam Elmore; and Crew Members--Hannah Anderson, Anna Crane, Elizabeth Dawson, Michaela Finley, Jacob Hemsath, David Hudson, Emily Johnson, Destiny Kirkham, Zach Myers, Sharayah Wallace, Jhonika Wright.
The Makeup/Hair Production Team includes: Designer--Christina Johnson; Makeup Designer--Jess Elliff; Hair Designer--Lizzy Griffin; Crew Head--Audrey Johnson; and Crew Members: Sophia Chiocco and Madeline Martin.
The Props Production Team includes: Designer/Crew Head--Abi Anderson; and Crew Members--Anna Darr, Melodie DuBose, Nathan Frick, Amy Lytle, Alex Marrin, Kristi Roshto, Emily Siemens, Cedar Valdez, Cody Walls.
The Scenery Production Team includes: Designer/Technical Director--Eric Phillips, Ouachita professor of theatre arts; Head of Verser Scene Shop--Tyler Lewis; Shift/Run Crew--Brad Mosely; Fly Rail--JPAC Crew; Construction Crew--Micah Brooks, Matthew Burns, Graham Garrison, Caleb Harris, Ryan Lynch, Clay Mobley, and Hannah Saunders.
The Lights Production Team includes: Designers--Andrew Martin and Stephen Vaughn; Light Board Operator--Rahlea Zinck; and Crew Members--Bawo Asagba, Logan Dooley, Hannah Earls, Jesse Robinson, and Anna Joie Valdez.
The Sound Production Team includes: Sound Designer/SFX Organizer and Sound Board Operator--Meagan Woodard; Mics Backstage--Brad Mosely and Danielle Hall.
The Front of House/ Publicity Team includes: House Manager/Publicity Crew Head--Brooklyn Jennings; Fine Arts Administrator and Box Office Manager--Stacy Hawking; Crew/Ushers--Graham Garrison; Poster and Program Design--Adam Wheat.